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CASTLE offers a variety of program options designed to meet the needs of working parents and support the growth and development of children in Kindergarten through eighth grade.   We also offer a NAEYC Accredited preschool program for children ages 3 - 5.   All programs are fully licensed and have achieved national accreditations.  CASTLE is open weekdays from 6:30 am to 5:55 pm.  Our facilities are conveniently located across the street from Colchester Elementary School and are a short distance from Jack Jackter Intermediate and William J. Johnston Middle Schools.


CASTLE offers the following program options: RGB20JPEG


School Age:
•    Before & After School
•    Summer
•    Vacations / Holidays / Snow Days

For additional information and rates, please feel free to contact us.


CASTLE's preschool program is designed to meet the needs of children in Colchester and surrounding communities.  Our NAEYC Accredited program provides opportunities to explore the world of science, math, language, creative arts, music and movement through creative exploration.  Emphasis is placed on learning activities which enhance each child's intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.  Our professional early childhood educators use the Connecticut Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS) enabling them to plan curriculum and assess each child's development as they grow and prepare for kindergarten. 

School Readiness Funding:

CASTLE partners with the Colchester Public Schools to provide a limited number of grant funded preschool slots though a School Readiness grant.  Eligibility for these slots is income based.  For more information on School Readiness eligibility, please contact Cindy Praisner, School Readiness Program Director at 860-537-0717.  

Preschool Hours and School Calendar:

Full Day:                  6:30 am - 5:55 pm      Monday - Friday (year round)

School Day*:            9:00 am - 3:00 pm      Monday - Friday

Early Care option:     6:30 am - 9:00 am      Monday - Friday

*CASTLE's School Day program follows the Colchester Public School Calendar as set forth by the Colchester Board of Education.  A full calendar of school vacations and "no school days" will be provided prior to the start of the school year.  If Colchester Public Schools are closed, preschool classes will also be closed.  If the Colchester Public Schools have a delayed opening, the preschool program will open at 11:00 am.  If Colchester Public Schools have a half-day or early dismissal, preschool will be dismissed at 12:30.


Before & After School:
CASTLE offers a high quality Before & After School program for children in grades kindergarten through eight in a safe, secure environment.  Our curriculum supports the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well being of children while teaching valuable life skills and encouraging independence.  Our caring, knowledgeable and experienced staff is committed to providing each child with positive guidance and enriching experiences during those important hours before and after school.   Children attending Colchester Elementarty School (CES) and Jack Jackter Intermediate School (JJIS) are provided bus transportation to and from school each day.  Children attending William J. Johnston Middle School have the option to walk to CASTLE or take a bus afterschool each day.  Morning transportation is not available to middle school students.  

Before & After School Hours:

6:30 am – 8:30 am                  Before School Session
Close of school – 5:55 pm      After School Session

CASTLE understands that working parents don’t typically get to take the entire summer off to care for their children when the school year ends.  That’s why our programs continue throughout the year.  Our comprehensive summer program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.  Special activities, field trips, swimming days and more are planned throughout the summer to keep children active, healthy, safe and most of all having fun!  CASTLE’s summer program is open to children entering kindergarten through grade eight, in Colchester and many surrounding towns.  

Summer Hours:  
Monday – Friday     6:30 am – 5:55 pm

School Vacations, Snow Days, & Holidays:
CASTLE is open during school vacations, many school holidays, professional development days and snow days.  We also adjust our program schedules to allow for late school openings and early school dismissals due to inclement weather.  Themed activities and/or field trips are typically planned during school vacations and other specialty days.  These programs are offered to all children enrolled in CASTLE before and after school programs throughout the year.

School Vacations, Snow Days,  & Holiday Hours:
6:30 am – 5:55 pm



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