Who We Are

Educational Playcare was established in 1986 to provide full and part-time educational childcare programs and summer camp for children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. We are proud of our reputation as the provider of the highest-quality childcare, nursery school, and preschool programs for children that can be found anywhere. We’ve maintained our high standards with the quality control that comes from being small and owner operated.

Despite our relatively small size, we are still able to offer all of the benefits of the large “corporate” daycares and more! Visit our “What Makes Us Different” section to learn more about these services.

It has been our privilege to provide childcare services to thousands of families in Connecticut. In fact, some of our previous students have come back to work for us and help nurture the next generation!

Our Philosophy: Play is the Work of Children

Today, the importance of positive childhood experiences, starting from infancy, and their relation to future success in life is universally understood. It wasn’t so back in 1986 when founder Jane Porterfield completed her master’s degree in early childhood education. Childcare options at that time were basically glorified babysitting with little in the way of an educational component. Jane wanted to be different. She wanted to provide children and families with an experience that would be both fun and educational.

When Jane considered a name for her new childcare business that year, she thought about the importance of play in order for learning to take place. (She was years ahead of her time as today play based learning is universally recognized as the most developmentally correct approach.) She also knew the importance of providing a nurturing, secure, joyful, and stimulating environment. And so Educational Playcare was born.


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