First Presbyterian Nursery School offers a play-based program that follows the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards. The required areas of cognition, social/emotional growth, and physical development are woven into fun experimentation, exploration, and small group activities where children thrive. Our language and literacy, creative arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculum ensures our students are well prepared for kindergarten. Pre-K and Four’s classes even use the Wilson Fundations Pre-K Handwriting program, consistent with the New Canaan Public Schools.

We maintain a student teacher ratio of 6:1 or lower to address the individual needs of our children.


Our programs include:


  • Three’s: three mornings a week with flexible Lunch Bunch option. Children must turn three by December 31 of the school year.

  • Four’s: four mornings a week program with one extended day and flexible Lunch Bunch option.

  • Dedicated Pre-K for children who have completed the Four’s program: five days a week with extended days and flexible Lunch Bunch option.

Located in one of the most picturesque parts of New Canaan, our well-planned facility includes large, bright classrooms, each housing a two-story indoor play house. Our spacious grounds (with an enormous playground that boasts a pirate ship), allows for students to spend a good part of each day outdoors, no matter the season!

Additional highlights include daily music and weekly science classes—which often means “field trips” to the New Canaan Nature Center, right next door! We also have an active parent community, with many social events for making lifelong friendships for children and parents!

Charm and a classic nursery school experience meet today’s curriculum standards at First Presbyterian Nursery School—where children play, laugh, learn, and grow with loving, experienced teachers.