The Children's Place preschool

Who does the preschool serve? 

West Hartford children who are 2 ½ to 4 1/2 years old. Each toddler and preschooler is assigned to a Conard student (male and female) as primary care giver for each of the periods school takes place. 

What type of program is this?  

The Children’s Place is a laboratory preschool. The preschool program is an integral part of the Introduction to Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education and Careers courses at Conard, integrated into the Family and Consumer Sciences department.  Conard students are student teachers working with the children under the supervision of Family and Consummer Sciences teacher, Kimberly Deep-McNamara.

 Classes are held in a room dedicated to the preschool with access to a large courtyard area for outside play.  An observation booth is available for parents and students to note learning styles and interaction of the children and teachers.

Semester schedule  

Fall  2014  and Spring 2015 preschool semesters will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The daily hours are determined by the class schedule for the year. This year they will be 9:30 -11:35. The semester will be 10 weeks long.   

Daily Lessons 

Curriculum is developmentally appropriate and connects to the West Hartford expectations for Kindergarten.   The Early Childhood students will plan and facilitate educational lessons that encourage physical, intellectual, emotional and social development in fun, engaging ways. Class size is limited to 20 children each day to ensure adequate individual and cooperative experiences for each child.


Cost is minimal – designed to cover basic materials including a nutritious snack.  The tuition for  the 2013 – 2014 school year will be $100 each semester. $180 per semester if 2 children from the same family both come for a given session.


For more information or to place your child on the wait list for Fall 2015:

  1. email Mrs. Kimberly Deep-McNamara at:
  2. Provide your full name, mailing address, child's name and date of birth.