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Readers' Choice: Brookfield Pre-Schools

Chime in on the best pre-schools in Brookfield.

We’re putting together the Best of Brookfield and want your help deciding who makes the cut. Each week we’ll have a different topic for you, the readers to vote on and Friday afternoons we’ll unveil that week’s winner.

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 .

Since so much careful research — in person, online and through word of mouth — goes into the preschool decision, we want to poll our Brookfield parents not just on what they feel is the best preschool for their child, but also why.

Below is a list of preschools we have registered in our continuously updated Brookfield Patch Places Directory. Click on any of them to get to a page dedicated to that preschool and 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 Brookfield Patch, email editor Aaron Boyd at aaron@patch.com or if you want to .

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 the winner based on a point system in which poll results and ratings are considered equally. Only the top three 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.

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Tracey M March 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM
As a parent who had a daughter and son enrolled at Country Kids, I was thrilled with the program...at first. There is a variety of different educational activities they provide. However, it can be very chaotic there at times, and is not the cleanest place. My daughter was sick numerous times throughout her stay at Country Kids. I understand that this could be very normal for a young child, but there were many times when I would come in to pick up my kids, and would not see the great scene that I was always told about. Overall, an average place- I have gone to Goddard and did a tour at Kid's Castle last summer because I was interested in their either their four year old program, as my daughter was 4 at the time, and also considered the Kindergarten program. I ultimately made the decision with my husband to enroll my daughter at Center School.
Debbie Brooks March 28, 2012 at 02:54 PM
no such thing called perfection- especially when referring to country kids!
Casey Meehan March 28, 2012 at 04:47 PM
To Debbie: I am an administrator at Country Kids, in charge of all things media, marketing, and public relations. I would like to take a moment, if I may, to address your comment. Perfection, as Webster's Dictionary defines it, is "a freedom from fault or defect. Flawlessness." In this case, Elizabeth has used the term to describe her experience with us. While we strive for perfection and positive experiences with our clients, we have never claimed "perfection," in the most literal sense. We are very proud of our success; a direct reflection of our teachers, our programs, and the people who have been a part of what we have to offer. We do, however, fully acknowledge that we are in good company with other programs and schools in the area. Many of the schools and child care centers, including Prince of Peace, have had a positive presence in Brookfield for many, many years...and we commend them! Please know that we would never say anything negative about the other schools in the area - nor would we ever encourage our teachers, clients, and staff to do the same. We are extremely excited and appreciative of our nomination for "Readers' Choice - Best of Brookfield," and we would like to congratulate and support the programs that the community has nominated to be there with us! Thank you for your time! Country Kids
Casey Meehan March 28, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Hi Tracey! As I mentioned earlier in the posts here, I am an administrator at Country Kids, and I would like the opportunity to address your post. First, I am thrilled to hear that you chose Country Kids for the care of your children! It is, of course, a shame that you weren't completely satisfied with what we have to offer - and we apologize that your dissatisfaction cost us a relationship with you and your family. I'm not sure if you had addressed your concerns with the administration at Country Kids, prior to withdrawing from our programs, but I would absolutely like to address and remedy any concern you may have with us. We are always looking for feedback, and ways to improve our programs, so your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated! You can reach me directly at: casey@countrykidschildcare.com, and each concern will be confidentially addressed with the owners of Country Kids. Thank you, Tracey! Have a great day! Sincerely, Country Kids
kd March 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I currently have a child in Prince of Peace and I could not be happier with the school! Children in my family have been going there for generations. My child has learned so much from the teachers there. They are so supportive! We love the fact that Prince of Peace also has science and music for the children. My only complaint is that the school does not have higher grades because we would love to continue on with them. Our last day at Prince of Peace will be a sad one! We will miss that wonderful little school and the amazing staff!
JR March 28, 2012 at 05:44 PM
My wife and I have a daughter at Prince of Peace, but have done tours of various schools in the area offering pre-K programs to see which one was right for us. We did do the tour of Country Kids as well. We actually found it, seemingly, disorganized and a bit hectic. We had also noticed that dispite the fact we were doing the tour late morning, the kids were all just playing and it just didn't feel very structured. We all understand the requirements that the CT dept of education has set, but as a pre-K program we feel it should have better structure to prepare kids for the full school experience. We also have friends that have a child in Country Kids and it seems that she is always sick or has some sort of cold. After touring so many different places compared to Prince of Peace, all the others seemed like glorified day care centers.
Ryen March 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
One word seems to be missing from ALL the above comments & missing in general regarding any discussion of preschool experiences in Brookfield, Connecticut. That word is: ACCREDITATION Specifically, NAEYC accreditation. I'd NEVER--NEVER--consider even for a moment sending my child to a preschool SOLELY based upon these OTHER criteria: 1. what some layperson told me; 2. what my friend/relative told me; 3. what I saw on a "canned tour"; 4. what someone else's kid experienced--all children MAY have different needs/experiences & each FAMILY may have quite different needs/experiences. I'm sure some of these pre-schools are GOOD & might have decent staff. BUT, NAEYC accreditation is MORE important than "degreed teachers" & NAEYC has THE most comprehensive cleanliness& safety requirements MET! I urge Aaron Boyd & the author of this preschool information process to research what NAEYC accreditation is & to SPECIFY which preschools have & which do not have it--AND make it a FOUNDATIONAL criteria for any rating/consideration of followup articles. I went to graduate school in CT in education & also have my Early Childhood Education certificate with honors. My mother was a DIRECTOR. I'm familiar with preschools here but also schools in other parts of CT. I find staff (above) in particular, disingenuous & wanting to not be mentioning this NAEYC aspect. The parents should be more informed & know better also. No parent/staffer mentions NAEYC standards above. Prince of Peace has it!
Ryen March 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
One word seems to be missing from ALL the above comments & missing in general regarding any discussion of preschool experiences in Brookfield, Connecticut. That word is: ACCREDITATION Specifically, NAEYC accreditation. I'd NEVER--NEVER--consider even for a moment sending my child to a preschool SOLELY based upon these OTHER criteria: 1. what some layperson told me; 2. what my friend/relative told me; 3. what I saw on a "canned tour"; 4. what someone else's kid experienced--all children MAY have different needs/experiences & each FAMILY may have quite different needs/experiences. I'm sure some of these pre-schools are GOOD & might have decent staff. BUT, NAEYC accreditation is MORE important than "degreed teachers" & NAEYC has THE most comprehensive cleanliness& safety requirements MET! I urge Aaron Boyd & the author of this preschool information process to research what NAEYC accreditation is & to SPECIFY which preschools have & which do not have it--AND make it a FOUNDATIONAL criteria for any rating/consideration of followup articles. I went to graduate school in CT in education & also have my Early Childhood Education certificate with honors. My mother was a DIRECTOR. I'm familiar with preschools here but also schools in other parts of CT. I find staff (above) in particular, disingenuous & wanting to not be mentioning this NAEYC aspect. The parents should be more informed & know better also. No parent/staffer mentions NAEYC standards above. Prince of Peace has it!
Ryen March 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
One word seems to be missing from ALL the above comments & missing in general regarding any discussion of preschool experiences in Brookfield, Connecticut. That word is: ACCREDITATION Specifically, NAEYC accreditation. I'd NEVER--NEVER--consider even for a moment sending my child to a preschool SOLELY based upon these OTHER criteria: 1. what some layperson told me; 2. what my friend/relative told me; 3. what I saw on a "canned tour"; 4. what someone else's kid experienced--all children MAY have different needs/experiences & each FAMILY may have quite different needs/experiences. I'm sure some of these pre-schools are GOOD & might have decent staff. BUT, NAEYC accreditation is MORE important than "degreed teachers" & NAEYC has THE most comprehensive cleanliness& safety requirements MET! I urge Aaron Boyd & the author of this preschool information process to research what NAEYC accreditation is & to SPECIFY which preschools have & which do not have it--AND make it a FOUNDATIONAL criteria for any rating/consideration of followup articles. I went to graduate school in CT in education & also have my Early Childhood Education certificate with honors. My mother was a DIRECTOR. I'm familiar with preschools here but also schools in other parts of CT. I find staff (above) in particular, disingenuous & wanting to not be mentioning this NAEYC aspect. The parents should be more informed & know better also. No parent/staffer mentions NAEYC standards above. Prince of Peace has it!
Brianna Fitzsimons March 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Wow! I was thinking it was so funny that no was mentioning accreditation either! Not only does Prince of Peace have NAEYC accreditation, but they have maintained it for YEARS and YEARS! This is KEY! And longevity of teachers in early childhood education is a POSITIVE, especially when the school is accredited and the teachers have been "vetted" by parents and kids over the years. All the degrees in the world and all the "new" staffers will NOT make a preschool a better place--in fact it could be an indication of a problem. There are a couple very good preschools in Brookfield, but Prince of Peace in THE BEST!! Please include NAEYC accreditation information--and how many years they have HAD IT--in the final article, Aaron! Thanks!
Samantha Wharman March 28, 2012 at 09:01 PM
WOW everyone is getting so defensive over their pre school centers. this whole reader's get to vote is a bunch of non sense. I can only imagine how many times one person would vote for the same place. I find it very odd that staff from Prince of Peace and administration from Country Kids would monitor this and write back in defense of comments. This whole thing is a popularity contest. YA!!!!!!
Ryen March 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
It was obvious from the beginning that this was a "popularity" contest. Criteria that are missing and not mentioned: 1. COST of the school; 2. ACCREDITATION; 3. The fact that people can vote multiple times from different computers; 4, The fact that it is limited to only the actual READERSHIP of Patch (or people recruited to go vote); 5. The psychological factor that people will "convince themselves" that they made the right choice after they attend a preschool; 6. The role the child themselves and the parents play in true education/experience 7. The "moral" component and foundation of various preschools; 8. The staff:student ratio (probably all the same for the "best" programs--but also dictated by tuition, mostly; And so on. One can not base much on this poll--but the ONLY "objective" measure and standard is ACCREDITATION.
Debbie Brooks March 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I just wanted to clarify some earlier comments made by me, and some NOT by ME. I commented about my children going to Prince of Peace (we love it!) and about being a staff member there (I love my job!). The other Debbie Brooks in town must have made the comment about "perfection not being at Country Kids" -- because I did not (in fact, at 10:54 am today when it was posted, I was teaching my class at POP). I stand by my earlier statement that there are many good preschool choices in the area, including and not limited to Country Kids and Prince of Peace, and have no reason to speak negatively about any of them. I don't know the other Debbie Brooks in town, but will not make any further comments on this topic just to be safe and avoid any confusion!
Morgan W March 28, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Ryen- I think you nailed it best with the 8 areas of criteria you included. Those are such important factors that are intangible and can not be measured. A great point is the fact that parents CONVINCE themselves the pre school they chose is the best when they have not seen or have enrolled their children in other programs. Also, I am sure many of the schools have great activities to offer and their really can't be a "best" and what does that even mean. Again, it is just a popularity contest created by the Brookfield Patch and it appears many of the staff members and owners have been monitoring this popularity contest as well as voting in on it multiple times. Congratulations!
Mary Beth P March 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Casey- Thank you so much for taking the time out to define "Perfection" for everyone. You are extremely excited to be nominated for the "Popularity Contest" of Brookfield's finest pre schools. However, this nomination, award, and whoever wins does not mean anything. It means that certain individuals had the time to sit by the computer and continuously vote on the same pre school. I would like to ask Aaron Boyd, the editor, his validation behind the results. Having a winner based on a voting system like this is extremely weak, and does not measure ANYTHING.
Leslie Ruggiero March 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I am a very happy parent of a child currently enrolled at Prince of Peace. I am also a parent of an older child who went to another preschool in town. There is a reason we chose to send our second child to Prince of Peace instead of that other school our older son attended. We could not be happier with our decision to send our youngest to Prince of Peace and actually wonder how different our older son's school experience would be if we had sent him to Prince of Peace instead of the school he attended. Popularity contest or not, Prince of Peace is an excellent preschool. Our son loves going to school and is thriving. The program and the teachers are all just wonderful. We could not be more pleased!
Maria March 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I'd like to take an opportunity to share my experiences with a few of the above listed pre school and day care centers. My two youngest daughters attended Prince of Peace- can't say enough positive feedback. They have gone above and beyond my expectations from extra curricular activities to educational activities. I had then enrolled my youngest son to Country Kids as he got older and I was told about all their great activities they had to offer. I can't say enough nice things about the owner/ administration, and staff there. Very caring and passionate about their work. However, it was often very loud and not the most organized place when I came to drop off and pick off my son. I completely understand how sometimes one can walk in just at the wrong time, but this happened too many times. My son complained about how the structure of the schedule would not be followed through due to the disorganization which I saw for myself first hand. Besides that I've had positive experiences with both. Without a question- Prince of Peace gets my vote!
Howdy March 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM
It's worth getting defensive over when it comes to the quality of care being provided to children. And yes, it seems like a "popularity" contest in the sense that anything that anybody votes for could be considered a "popularity" contest.
Howdy March 29, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Mary Beth, You should click the link above the poll results. That link explains (somewhat) what the poll reflects. I would also disagree that it doesn't count for "anything". Why would parents/staff/administrators of the nominated vote and/or comment when there's not much at stake? I applaud those that have taken the time to vote and comment. They obviously care one way or another.
Howdy March 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Howdy, I am sorry but this is a readers vote. With some of the comments and the way that the staff and owners are getting involved when it is for the community shows that this whole thing is getting carried away. There is NO reason for anyone to try and defend themselves especially ownership when it is a community voting. Again, it appears this was well intentioned but also brought up some people getting a bit carried away. Cheers!
Mary Beth P March 29, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Howdy- I have checked the link for the guidelines, thanks for informing me about it! I wonder what side you may be on with this fake "Howdy" name. I am curious to know what you disagree about that this does not count for anything, please inform me what it counts for? There is not much at stake here it is just a VOTE. People have the opportunity like myself to put their comments in, so keep applauding. I wonder what pre school you are employed with?? Country Kids?
Ryen March 29, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Accredited by whom? Just curious. And only the part-time preschool is accredited? Why not the entire school program?
Howdy March 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Not employed at the moment, Mary Beth. But I attended POP for what it's worth. As an aside, I'm not interested in the vote. I'm interested in the discourse and this town's dynamics. Hooray sociology!
Ryen March 29, 2012 at 01:54 AM
The only body that offers accreditation for preschools and covers health, safety, and academics is NAEYC accreditation. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAEYC Prince of Peace Preschool is the only NAEYC accredited preschool that I know of from this Reader's Choice list--unless someone else got accreditation for the first time very recently.
Chris Diaz March 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I would like to vote for Christian Life Academy. Preschool program is very popular.
Casey Meehan March 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Hi Mary Beth, Thank you for your comment! Perhaps my referencing & citation (conditioning stemming from educational experience and a passion for writing) came across as unintentionally obnoxious. Regardless, it's a habit that rears its ugly head every once in a while. And yes, we are excited about support from the community for local Pre Schools - Plain and Simple! Thanks again! Casey
Casey Meehan March 29, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Hi Ryen, Thank you for your comment! You are absolutely correct: Prince of Peace is the only Pre School you will currently find on the NAEYC accreditation website. We too, recognize that adhering to a national standard is of utmost importance - which is the very reason why we have recently completed the process for our Pre School through Kindergarten programs! Thanks again! Casey
Casey Meehan March 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Hi Morgan, et. al Thank you for your comment! We are not particularly concerned about vote, instead, community support for local Pre Schools. Part of my job involves studying our presence in the community, on the internet, and in the media - not monitoring this voting poll. I thought, however, I would use some of the comments here as an opportunity for improvement. And don't worry, no multiple voting here! Thanks again! Casey
louis colavito March 29, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Country kids is the best they have Mr. Frankie and Mr. Luke
LBT March 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Kids Castle is the best, have you seen their middle entrance, it's literally a castle! It is so beautiful to walk in to. Also, the village. Two great areas the kids absolutely love! Also, the utmost professional owners around!

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