What are the educational objectives of the school?

  • To encourage the young child’s positive self- image and feelings of personal worth and value.
  • To support and guide growth and understanding of relationships with other people.
  • To provide a loving, nurturing environment for social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative development through many varied hands-on experiences and materials.
  • To perpetuate curiosity, eagerness to learn and joy of living in each child.
  • To scaffold learning and fully prepare each child for Kindergarten.
  • The curriculum is modeled after the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards.

Is potty training required?

  • Children in the 2’s program do not need to be toilet trained.
  • Children in the 3’s program are not required to be toilet trained, but it is strongly recommended. Families are encouraged to look for signs of readiness to begin the process. We will happily work with you toward achieving this goal.
  • Children in the 4’s program are required to be toilet trained.

How is behavior managed?

  • We guide children using positive redirection implementing many tenants of the Conscious Discipline approach.
  • Teachers discuss appropriate behavior such as “running is for outside”, “friends are to be treated kindly”, “please use your inside voice”, etc.
  • Children are encouraged and given the tools to problem solve and verbally express feelings, needs and wants.

What is the teacher: student ratio?

  • Our two’s class has 3 teachers to a maximum of 8 children
  • Our three’s and four’s classes each have 2 teachers to a maximum of 16 children, with additional assistance on an as needed basis.
  • These ratios are significantly better than those required by the Office of Early Childhood.

Are you affiliated with any religion?

  • No, Saugatuck Nursery School is a non-profit, interfaith, and multi-culturally school licensed for a maximum of 48 students by the Office of Early Childhood.

What are the hours of operation and types of programs offered?

  • SNS offers a 10-month school year and an 8-week summer camp with many programming options.
  • We are open from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Two-year-olds may attend our morning program from 9-12.
  • Three and four-year-olds may attend our part time or full time programs
  • Lunch bunch is available for our 3’s and 4’s. The 2’s all have lunch together each day.
  • Please refer to individual classroom options for greater detail.

If I need my child to stay early/late one day, would that be possible?

  • Our 3’s and 4’s may sign up for early drop off, lunch bunch or extended day on an as needed basis, providing space is available.

What should I know about the enrollment process?

  • Current and returning SNS families are given priority based on a point system and then on a first-come, first-served basis during the primary enrollment period.
  • All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of points during the rolling enrollment period.
  • Please click here to refer to the enrollment terms and conditions policy.

How can I arrange a tour?

  • Call Ellen De Huff at 203-226-9192
  • Fill out the “request information” form below:
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