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Readers' Choice: East Haven's Favorite Preschool?

The Family Resource Center continues to maintain its lead with 37 percent of the vote. But there is still time to take part in this week's poll, which closes Friday at 9 a.m.

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.

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 East Haven parents not just on what they feel is the best preschool for their child, but also why.

East Haven Preschools

Below is a list of preschools we have registered in our continuously updated East Haven 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 tell us in the comment thread 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 East Haven Patch, email me at julie.weisberg@patch.com or if you want to reaping a bunch of rewards for doing so.

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. The poll part isn't scientific so it's not the sole determinant of a Readers' Choice winner.

We will determine winner based on a point system in which poll results and ratings are considered equally. Only the top 3 finishers will receive points.

In the event of a tie, we will determine the winner based on which business has the highest combined number of positive comments and positive reviews on its directory listings.

See for more information.

Julie Weisberg (Editor) March 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Just added the East Haven Family Resource Center's preschool program to our poll!
Sascha Gardiner March 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Old Stone Church Playschool and the Little Jackets preschools at Tuttle and EHHS also offer fine programs.
Becki Pastor March 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM
My son went to the pre-school program at Little Jackets and had an amazing experience. He is almost 13 and still remembers his teacher and how much he loved her!! He was so ready for Kindergarten and Elementary school because of his experience at Little Jackets. (He also went to the after school program in Kindergarten with the same teachers....they were wonderful). Great program!!
Julie Weisberg (Editor) March 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Sascha: Thank you for your comment. I have added the Old Stone Church & Little Jackets programs to the poll!
Jackie Sargent March 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Anyone have an idea on what it costs for pre-school full time?
Sascha Gardiner March 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Is there another preschool program at D.C. Moore in addition to FRC?
Julie Weisberg (Editor) March 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Sascha: That is a good question. I'm going to follow up with Principal Bacon and Ms Varunes, to get clarification on that. When I find out more, I'll let you know!
Becki Pastor March 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Jackie I wish I could remember, but my was in pre-school in the morning and then it was "after school" in the same room, same teachers in the afternoon, at Little Jackets to make it all day. I will say however, for what my son "got" it was a bargain and not all that expensive if memory serves me correctly. I wish I could remember because my daughter was doing the afterschool with the elementary school kids too.
Marissa Velazquez March 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Hello... I am Marissa Velazquez the Parent Educator at the Family Resource Center located in DC Moore School. The Family Resource Center has 2 Preschool Programs for 3 years old and 4 years old. It is a full time program 5 days a week, open year long ( summers and school vacations) Payments are based on parent's income sliding scale, and the families can apply for Care 4 Kids. You can drop off as early as 7:30am and pick up as late as 5:30pm. If you are interested please contact Mary Varnues the director of the FRC. 203 468-3898. We are accepting applications now.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) March 21, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Marissa: Thank you for the additional information. Is the FRC's program the only preschool program at DC Moore? Or is there a second, non-FRC preschool program housed at the school, too? Just trying to clarify things! Thanks again.
Marissa Velazquez March 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Hi Julie! No Problem. DC Moore does have their own preschool program that is separate from the FRC Preschool. That program is half day. To get more information about those preschools the families should contact DC Moore School.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) March 21, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Marissa: Again, thank you for the additional information and clarification. I appreciate it!
Shana Cullen March 22, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Shana Cullen 1:49 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 The FRC is such a valuable asset to the community. Marissa Is very knowledgable, helpful and nice. She works hard and genuinly cares about the children. Both of my sons have been in the play group through this program. It has been a great introduction into a structured learning environment. It's been very helpful for my children to learn and interact with their peers. It's also been nice to meet other parents with children that are the same age as mine. Without this program I would not be able to afford a daycare that could offer this wonderful experience for my children.
Leo March 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Old Stone Church Playschool gave my children a wonderful preschool experience. The teachers are very caring and go above and beyond. I felt very comfortable leaving my children in their care.

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