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Readers' Choice: Stamford Preschools

Tell us why the preschool you choose is the best—through a poll vote, rating and review—and help Stamford Patch crown a winner in this week's "Readers' Choice" installment.

It's one of the early formal choices that parents make that involves education and separation from a child for regular, extended periods of time: Preschool.

This is our second week of the Readers' Choice contest, and it's a wholly different category from last week's "." We understand that practical considerations of availability, money and location figure largely into decisions about which preschool parents choose for their children.

Since so much careful research—in person, online and through word of mouth—goes into the preschool decision, we want to poll our Norwalk Patch parents not just on what they feel is the best preschool for their child, but also why.

Below is a list of preschools we have registered in our continuously updated Stamford Patch Places directory. Click on any of them to get to a page dedicated to that preschool and to rate and review it.

Please also which preschools are missing from the list and why they're the best—we'll add them to the poll and create a new Patch Places listing for them. If you're a preschool operator who doesn't see your listing on Stamford Patch, email me at michaeld@patch.com or if you want to (or even !)

Here's our starter list:

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. We will announce the winner at 12 p.m. Friday.

Chandra Johnson Greene March 05, 2012 at 11:54 PM
JCC Sara Walker Nursery School has been added to the poll.
Chandra Johnson Greene March 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Bright Horizons at First Stamford Place, Bright Horizons at High Ridge Park and Long Ridge Road Child Development Center have been added to the poll
ET March 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Great staff.
JH March 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Bright Horizons at First Stamford Place is great! the teachers and staff are so warm and truly care about the development and well-being of the children.
Aruna March 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I love Long Ridge Development Center (Bright Horizons). Great teachers and management. My kids are going there since they were 18 months old. Now they are in Pre-School. It is a place for all round developments for kids socially, intellectually and educationally.
StamfordMom March 06, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I love The Children's School - My daughter is 4 and was at a daycare center in the Springdale area before TCS and WOW what a difference! I truly feel she is attending a school where the teachers genuinely care about each child and are not just showing up to school for a paycheck! TCS works with each child in a thought out and caring approach. At the end of the day when you are picking a preschool look at staff turn over; staff education (all teachers at TCS have at least their BS, but most have their MS - you get a print out of all of the staff's credentials). Also the head of TCS, Maureen, is so caring and makes you feel like you are part of a family and not just a number or tuition payment. Children are offered Mandarin, Spanish, Yoga, African Drumming, Chess, Dance and so much more in enrichment programs - as well as having the Stamford Nature Center right across the street. Parents are given a wondering and thoughtful DVD of their child at each year's parent teacher conference - I find this so amazing because you are not just hearing what your child is doing, you are seeing it in the dvd. There is also an observation room to view your child. If you want your child going to a school where they are going to be challenged at their own pace as well as cared for by an amazing and well trained staff then look into TCS. As an educator myself, I think every child should be given such an amazing head start.
Pati March 07, 2012 at 01:52 AM
My son is attending FUMNS and loves it. The staff is amazing, very caring and well organized. The program has an array of fun activities for kids and families. And the most important excellent communication. I enjoy reading the weekly newsletter and knowing what they been doing and learning.
RB March 07, 2012 at 02:13 AM
My son is currently attending FUMNS and my daughter also went through the school. I can't say enough good things about the school. The staff is amazing, the director brings so much to the program and the sense of community that the school fosters is so much more than I ever expected. The program is wonderful and the school offers so many extracurricular events for both children and parents alike. Also worthy of mention is my son's teacher, Brooke Nilsen, who represents the epitome of what a preschool teacher should be. She is one of the most nurturing, caring and positive teachers that I have ever encountered. Her assistant teachers are fabulous as well. The school also succeeds in preparing both the children and the parents for kindergarten. I absolutely love this school. RB
Erika March 07, 2012 at 11:05 AM
My daughter attends Long Ridge Road Child Development Center and we love it. The staff is amazing, caring, nurturing and well organized. The program has a wide array of fun, educational activities for kids and families. The most important quality is the staff and managment are excellent at communication. I enjoy reading the emails that let me know what they are doing and learning. Thanks for being one of the most caring, nurturing and safest environments for my child and all other children!
Meg Robustelli March 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Both my children attend Bright Horizons Long Ridge Road Child Development Center and I couldn't be happier with the program. The teachers are attentive, creative, nurturing and experienced. My pre-k daughter is already reading and writng at a level that I never imagined at this stage and both my kids love the beautiful art studio.
Cindy March 07, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Both my children attend Bright Horizons at High Ridge Park. The teachers are great and the staff listens to partents needs. They have a wonderful outdoor area and keep the center CLEAN! I never once have to worry about anything when they are there, I would tell ANYONE to send thier children their.

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