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Three young children, a boy and two girls, playing in the trees on Rectory's campus.

Children At Rectory (CARe)


We welcome you with our thoughts, we welcome you with our words, we welcome you with our hearts. You Are Welcome, Everyone Is Welcome!Words from a West African Song: Funga Alafia Ah-Shay Ah-Shay
 Children At Rectory (CARe) is a non-profit, nature and play-based, early-educational program serving children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Nestled on 135-acres in the middle of a bucolic private school campus, Children At Rectory, established in 1993, is the early childhood division of the Rectory School. With high-quality, professionally-staffed classrooms, CARe offers your child a warm, responsive, environment with curriculum and materials tailored to your child’s development. CARe is licensed by the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the Natural Start Alliance and the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools.

CARe operates a year-round program, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information please explore our website or contact Erin Hayden at 860-928-1808 or to schedule a tour. 

Why Children At Rectory?

CARe teacher, Wendy, working in clay with three little girls.
Educated and Caring Teachers

The CARe teachers invest time, love, and support; empowering children to explore and engage in their learning.    

Two little girls playing dress up as Beauty and the Beast.
Nurturing Environment

CARe’s safe and nurturing environment fosters creativity and imagination. Children are provided time and space to stretch themselves--cognitively, socially, physically, and creatively. 

A little girl mixing a bowl of pumpkin seeds she pulled from a pumpkin.
Play-Based Learning

Play must be an active process of learning. Hands-on play offers concrete manipulation and skills that build children’s knowledge, self-confidence, and independence. The CARe teachers delight in providing joyful and focused opportunities for the children to engage in their world. 

Five young children playing in the trees and stream in the woods on Rectory's campus.
Outdoor Exploration

Nature is a secret garden for children. The joy and freedom of the natural world bestow gifts of adventure, wonder, magic, and curiosity.

Six little girls sitting closely on a bench to watch others playing in the playground.
Fostering Friendships

Social and emotional connections to others increase a child’s sense of belonging and self-confidence. Building friendships helps children deal with hardships, builds a strong community in the classroom, and has tremendous benefits to a child’s well-being.  

CARe Curriculum

"We feel strongly that excellent childcare consistently and conscientiously provides opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development."