Nursery School

Now Registering for the 2018 – 2019 School Year!

The Riverbrook Regional Y Nursery School is a state-licensed learning program for 3-5 year olds, with a 1-to-8 ratio of teachers to children. The program seeks to provide a nurturing environment that builds upon your child’s natural curiosity, imagination and creativity.

The overall philosophy of the program is that children learn best by participating in “hands-on” activities. Classrooms are set up for center-based learning: easels, blocks, dramatic play, art, water table, library corner, math, and science. Children can choose activities based on their own interests.

The concept of whole language learning is presented as the pre-reading element of the program, and is introduced into the classroom in a variety of ways: stories read to children, songs, letter of the week, sight words, writing, chants, finger plays, poems and taking children’s dictation. Children are introduced to activities that help develop a connection between speaking and listening, which can enhance reading skills in Kindergarten and elementary school. Our school’s curriculum is created around the CT Early Childhood Standards,

A major goal of the Y Nursery School is to promote each child’s good health and physical well being by developing large muscle strengths through swimming and creative movement. In addition to the basic school day, outdoor play, swimming lessons, gym time, dance and music are important parts of the program for large motor skill development. Our program embraces the HEPA Standards (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards) as given to us by the YMCA of the USA.

Parents provide nutritious snacks on a weekly rotational basis. All children who attend the Riverbrook Regional Y Nursery School must be full Child or full Family members of the Y. The Nursery School program follows the Wilton Public School calendar.

Nursery School – Parent Testimonials

Our son has been in the nursery school program at the Riverbrook YMCA since the 2’s and he is now in the pre-k class. We have had an extraordinary experience and know that he will be well prepared for Kindergarten next year. Each year he has had caring teachers who work tirelessly to help him grow academically and socially. He loves the swimming, music and physical educational components of the program! The teacher-parent communication is awesome and we are always up to date on what is going on in the classroom. Additionally, our family has made lifelong friends through this program, which makes it even more special to us.
Jill Kidd

At the YMCA nursery school children are provided with a warm and nurturing environment that provides them with an opportunity to develop their early education skills. The educators utilize established teaching techniques to facilitate socialization and academics that prepare the students for kindergarten. As a bonus, the YMCA incorporates physical education into its curriculum by providing swim lessons, yoga and other means of developing motor skills. The Wilton YMCA nursery school is the right choice for the youngest to oldest and the shy to the boldest to explore and grow.
Andrea Reiter

Our family couldn’t be happier with our experience so far at the Wilton Y Nursery School. Our oldest is in his 3rd year (pre-k), and our daughter in her 1st (3 day 3&4’s). They are excited to go to school every day! The teachers are wonderful… so warm, nurturing, and willing to work with the children at all different learning levels. They have taught my kids so much. From swimming, to the soft play gym, to the playgrounds and the gym, my kids have so much fun there they never want to leave!
Abby Schulten

I can’t say enough about the Riverbrook YMCA Preschool program. It is top notch in every sense of the word. All four of my children have been lucky enough to experience all that it has to offer….from the interactive, hands on curriculum to the swimming lessons and kind, caring teachers and directors that care for my children as if they were their own. The staff and directors provide a loving, nurturing environment for the children while developing their confidence and social skills and preparing them for the year to follow. I can’t think of a better place for my children to of started out!
Kim Santosky

Nursery School Inclement Weather Policy
The winter weather is arriving quickly and so, we would like to remind you of our “Inclement Weather Policy”. When the Wilton Public School closes, Nursery School is closed as well. In the event of a delayed opening, ALL Nursery School classes will begin at 10:30am, and end at their regularly scheduled time.

If the Wilton Public Schools announce an early dismissal, all Nursery School classes will end at 11:00am and extended day classes will be canceled.

We ask that you please pick up your children in a timely manner so that the Riverbrook Regional YMCA staff can get home safely.—Thank you!

Three-day 3’s Classroom
Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Time: 9:00a – 1p
Yearly Tuition: $4,950
Note: Must be three by 12/31/18
Ratio 1:8, 16 children per class, gender balanced

Five-day 4’s Classroom
Days: Monday through Friday
Time: 9:00a – 1:30p
Yearly Tuition: $6,400
Note: Must be four by 12/31/18
Ratio 1:8, 16 children per class, gender balanced

PreK Class
Days: Monday through Friday
Time: 9:00a – 1:30p
Yearly Tuition:  $6,400
Note: Must be four by 06/31/18
Ratio 1:8, 16 children per class, gender balanced

Extended Day Program
 In the PM we have a 2:30PM or 3:30PM pick-up.

Creative Two’s Program
This program is a developmentally appropriate early childhood program taught by a highly qualified staff in Early Childhood Programs. It is designed to introduce toddlers to a variety of activities that promote positive self-esteem.

Our stimulating curriculum includes: 
• Arts and crafts
• Music and movement
• Dramatic play
• Fine and gross motor activities
• Use of outdoor playground
• Encouraging social interaction
• Enhancing self-esteem
• Promoting and stimulating each child’s curiosity.

Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 9:00a – 12:00p and follows the Wilton Public School calendar.
Lunch Bunch is offered from 12:00 – 1:00PM.

Annual Tuition (September 2018 – June 2019)
$3,500 plus a full Child or Family membership
Note: Must be 2 years old by 9/1/18
Ratio 1:4, 8 children per class, gender balanced

Admission Application 2018-2019

Contract 2018-2019

How to Enroll
Please contact a Director (right hand column) to set up a scheduled tour. Enrollment is done through a lottery process based on points accumulated for each year you attend the school. The lottery takes place during the month of January and then first come first serve until full. Registration form links above. Please complete the form and return it with the appropriate payment. (A $125 registration fee & $200 security deposit is required at registration). Please call Kim Murphy x214, with any questions. All classrooms are gender balanced and the lottery is pulled accordingly. If a person does not receive their choices during the lottery then they are immediately placed on a waiting list. Any time a space should open, we pull from this wait list based on what gender spot is available. A Full Child or Family Membership is required to participate in Nursery School.

Riverbrook Regional YMCA Tax ID Number:  06-0853258




Please contact:
Kim Murphy
Senior Director of Childcare and Daycamp Program 762-8384 x 214

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404 Danbury Road
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Phone: 203-762-8384
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Saturday: 7am - 7pm
Sunday: 8am - 6pm