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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.
- Infants (ages 6 weeks to 14 months)
- Toddlers (ages 15 months to 3 years)
- Preschool (ages 3 to 4)
- Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Club (ages 4 to 5)
- Private Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6)
- School-Age Program – be sure to ask about our new School-Age program!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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