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Preschool Program

We help prepare for kindergarten through hands-on learning.

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Program Overview

Children approximately* 36 months to 6 years old make independent choices and are encouraged to play in various areas of the classroom and participate in activities such as art, creative play, cooking, science, math, and music.


Each day the children gather in a group circle time where literacy and number concepts are practiced. Children enjoy outdoor play twice a day, weather permitting.

Program Details

  • Children can enroll for two, three, or five days per week

  • Full-time or part-time options

  • Morning and afternoon snack included

  • Enrichment programs and events

  • Developmental assessments (CT DOTS and ASQ) completed twice a year with parent/teacher conferences

  • Special needs referral services available

  • Parent education seminars​ on request

Before and After School Care

We offer before and after school care for children age 5 to 7 years old who attend Hawley Elementary School. Children are supervised and participate in individual and group activities.


Morning hours: 6:30 - 9:00 am

Afternoon hours: 3:00 - 6:00 pm

To find out more about our preschool program including current tuition rates, please contact our center director.

*Children develop at their own pace and may be ready to move up to the next program level earlier.


Family Reviews


The staff are so warm and friendly, it's a wonderful place for a child to experience preschool! And they helped with our schedule during COVID. Thank you Merryhill!  

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The Kane Family


We chose Merryhill for our 4-year-old because of the warm environment, academic accreditation, and the sense of family we felt right away. We are so happy to be part of the Merryhill family!

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The Dominguez Family

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