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newtourCASTLE, Inc. (Colchester Alternative School Age Total Learning Experience) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, nationally recognized and accredited child care center that has been serving children and families in Colchester,  CT and surrounding towns since 1991.  

CASTLE programs are available for children in preschool through 8th grade and include Before and After School Care, Pre-kindergarten and School Readiness.  Our programs have achieved national recognition and accreditation through the National Afterschool Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Click here to find out more about our skilled staff!

CASTLE supports working families and provides continuity of care for children through year round programming during school holidays/closings, vacations and summers. 


Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday     6:30 am – 5:55 pm

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday     7:30 am – 5:55 pm


Colchester Alternative School-Age Total Learning Experience (CASTLE) program strives to provide a quality, safe environment in which preschool and school age children can learn life skills, develop positive self-concepts and recognize the diversity of children through a variety of experiences.  These experiences will develop an enthusiasm for learning, exploring and creating.

Vision, Goals, & Philosophy

CASTLE believes that high-quality preschool and school-age programs provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children while supporting the needs of the family.  All of our programs are developmentally appropriate, meeting the needs of each individual child.

Our highly skilled and knowledgeable staff is committed to providing experiences that will match a child’s developing abilities, personality, learning style, strengths and interests, while at the same time challenging each child to explore new ideas.  As educators and caregivers, we encourage children to develop positive self-concepts and respect diversity among their peers.  

CASTLE promotes strong partnerships with families, schools and the community and is a proud member of the Collaborative for Colchester’s Children, the Colchester School Readiness Council and the Colchester Business Association.  

CASTLE’s History  

CASTLE is a non-profit organization that has been providing before and after school care and programs and family support for Colchester’s children since 1991.  Initially, our programs operated directly in the Colchester schools.  In 1996, after 5 years of rapid growth CASTLE acquired and leased its own building and expanded programming to help meet the growing needs of Colchester’s families.  This milestone made CASTLE the first non-profit before and after school child care center in the state of Connecticut with its own dedicated space.  Our program also achieved national recognition and accreditation through the National Afterschool Association.  CASTLE took another leap in 2004 when we purchased our building and began to discuss yet another expansion to meet the needs of the growing community.  In 2006 CASTLE began a collaboration with Colchester Public Schools to offer a School Readiness Program.  This grant funded program provides a comprehensive preschool experience to children in our community.  We are thrilled to be expanding our preschool program for the 2011 - 2012 school year to provide extended day and early care options.  Our program has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  This accreditation is awarded only to organizations that demonstrate the highest quality programming, curriculum, environments, staff qualifications and family involvement.

Today, in addition to our growing preschool program, we proudly provide year round care and enrichment programs for approximately 150 school age children in kindergarten through grade 8.  We consider ourselves partners with families helping to create work/life solutions by providing full-day programs during school holidays/closings and summers.  

Looking ahead, we are excited about CASTLE’s plans for growth and expansion.  As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2011, we are also actively seeking funding and opportunities to make our dream of expansion a reality.  

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