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About Joni’s Child Care & Preschool

Joni’s Child Care & Preschool centers combine NAEYC approved practices with a proprietary academic curriculum that prepares young children for success in elementary school and beyond. Children are challenged daily in writing, science, math and cognitive growth. They are also encouraged to explore and express themselves through various art media, dramatic play, and music.

Children at our downtown Hartford location enjoy a unique patio playground that overlooks the sights and sounds of Constitution Plaza. We also enjoy buggy rides through the area! We stay connected and encourage classroom visits from community organizations such as the Hartford Police Department, the Hartford Fire Department, Hispanic Health Council, the Hartford Public Library, and local dentists.

Our Programs

Kind Child

Kind Child is a special part of our preschool’s curriculum that allows us to focus on the social and emotional development of each child in our care. We introduce a character trait such Responsibility, Thankfulness, and a Positive Self-Image every two months and new social-emotional skills every month. Kind Child allows us to build nurturing relationships and elevate the emotional-well being of our entire school!

Our Curriculum

Joni’s prides itself on an academic curriculum that challenges children to reach their highest potential. Each age group targets key developmental milestones in learning domains such as Literacy, Math, Technology, and Creative Expression. Since we take an individualized approach to early childhood education, skills are acquired in a natural progression.

Children graduate from Joni’s with confidence in their academic abilities and an excitement for the learning process. The experience is topped off by a series of extracurricular programs that include martial arts, soccer, swimming, dance, foreign language, computers and much more.

Our Preschool’s Location

Joni’s Childcare & Preschool, Hartford is in a downtown office building at 1 State St, Hartford, CT 06103. We’re near many of the state’s major insurance companies and other corporations. This makes it possible for families to visit throughout the day and share activities, a meal, or just a quick snuggle.

Accessing the center is easy. We’re just a couple of blocks off of either I-91 or I-84. Our parents enter the center through a secure parking garage and keypad entry.

Our Team

Josette Walters

Josette Walters


I have been employed with Joni’s Childcare & Preschool since March 2000 and I truly feel that this center is part of my family. I began my career working as a Preschool Teacher and was promoted to Director in 2012. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University and have been working with children in various capacities such as youth camp counselor and mentor of an inner city program (LEAP) for over 25 years.

I have been blessed with a wonderful daughter. Her name is Jonale and she keeps me grounded.


NAEYC Accreditation

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools must go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Reviews from Parents

4.7 Rating based on 55 Reviews
Jessica Marie • Facebook
May 03, 2021
We love Joni’s. The staff is caring and attentive. They have a great curriculum. We are thankful for the great care they provide our children. We highly recommend them!
Patricia • Facebook
April 01, 2021
I’m currently looking for childcare for my 2yr old
Ann Marie • Facebook
March 25, 2021
Working here has helped me to learn and grow as a teacher, as well as as a team member and an individual. The atmosphere makes me feel at ease, and the management team has always been supportive and encouraging of my efforts to further my education. Overall, I enjoy the camaraderie because there is always someone willing to share their thoughts and contribute to the team's success!
Beth M. • Google
March 11, 2021
Our family has been with Joni’s for over four years and I can’t say enough great things. The staff is caring, loving, and takes the development of the kids seriously. They’ve worked with us on specific issues and are always willing to accommodate our needs. Our kids, ages 4 and 2, love it there and love their teachers like family. Would recommend them to anyone!

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