St. Mark's Nursery School

Preschool in New Canaan, CT 06840

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111 Oenoke Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
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Our mission at SMNS is to enrich the lives of children and families with a fun, developmentally appropriate preschool experience that nurtures and celebrates the whole child – mind, body and soul. Each childs individuality is taken into consideration with the goal of responding to and enhancing his/her unique potential. The curriculum is designed to help children form friendships, develop self-confidence and discover the joys of learning!

Child Ages:
3 years - 4 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Connecticut Department of Public Health - NAEYC Accredited
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

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The school believes the educational process should address all areas of learning social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual. A wide variety of activities are designed to reflect the childrens interests and abilities and to help develop reasoning skills. The school provides a flexible curriculum of age-appropriate activities through which children learn and explore while guided and encouraged by their teachers. Structured activities emphasizing acquisition of basic skills are balanced with child-directed ones, providing many experiences that help nurture self-expression, self-discovery and self-esteem.

A typical day might include free play, story time, science and nature, art, music and snack. Learning and fun are not limited to the classroom, as SMNS makes every effort to take the children outdoors daily, whether on our enclosed playground, to our expansive Great Lawn or even to the New Canaan Nature Center located directly across the street. As an Episcopal school, the values of faith, hope, love and service are fundamental to the program. Chapel, a weekly session led by our clergy, introduces a religious lesson as a means to further explore these values. Parents are an important, integral part of their childs education and are urged to become involved in all areas of school life.


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