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Readers' Choice: Nominate Your Favorite Preschool

Tell us about the best options for the little ones in West Hartford.

This week's Readers' Choice contest moves to a category with blocks, finger paints, swings and sandboxes: Best Preschools.

This can be an emotional category because most of us love the schools we choose for our children, but many parents are still in that "looking" stage, and your comments may help them narrow down their choices.

Tell us about why you chose your preschool and what makes it special in the comments below. The nominations will close on Thursday at 5 p.m., and we'll announce a winner based on comments and Patch Places reviews by Saturday morning.

Jeremy Pressman March 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I’ve been really impressed with Solomon Schechter’s early childhood program. The teachers are nurturing and loving, enabling the children to learn through creativity and exploration. The creative curriculum used by the school encourages the children to grow and discover through a combination of play and academics, so their imaginations really thrive in their early years. Learning about the Jewish holidays through art, stories, and songs is mixed alongside the general studies curriculum. The school has an extra, afternoon program including classes in sports, art, computers, and cooking for children who want or need an extended day. I also have noticed the kids benefit from being part of a larger school (it continues into K-8). Young children visit the gym for phys ed, have weekly library visits, attend music class regularly, and celebrate the holidays with the entire school. They develop a really beautiful sense of family with the older kids through interactions like reading buddies. It is heart-warming to see 8th graders stopping by the 4-year-old classroom just to give hugs. Each of my 3 children has been prepared for and excited about kindergarten after Schechter’s early childhood program.
Rebecca O'Neill March 22, 2012 at 06:33 PM
First Church Nursery School is wonderful. Our family has been a part of the FCNS family for almost 4 years. We have experienced every level of their program from the infants and toddlers through their excellent pre-kindergarten program. We have never doubted that our children have been receiving the best care and early education. The staff is amazing and there is very little turn over in staff, which says a lot. They are nurturing and truly treat each child as an individual. They go above and beyond. Our family loves being a part of this community. The pre-k program was an absolute gift for our son who was not quite ready for kindergarten. I would HIGHLY recommend First Church Nursery School.
HW March 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
The Preschool of West Hartford has been amazing experience for us. The staff and facilities offer so much for our children, it is truly amazing. The teachers honestly care for kids as if they were their own and have taught my son so many new things, it's wonderful!
Keith Griffin March 22, 2012 at 08:36 PM
My vote is for Knight Hall. It has a caring faculty that has done an excellent job with my daughter. It's the right combination of professionalism and fun.
Susan Schoenberger March 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Thanks for you wonderful and descriptive nominations! Check back on Saturday for our top Readers' Choices.

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