Each CSDC classroom reflects the developmental and cultural needs of the particular community of children, teachers, and families.  Teaching teams create a physical space, curriculum, and schedule through careful observation of the individuals in their group, collaboration with families, and knowledge of best practice in early childhood education.

In particular, our classrooms have a strong focus on providing for open-ended play, relationship building and communication, exploration of diversity, and children’s in-depth inquiry into meaningful questions and interests. These long-term investigations or research projects are based on teachers’ documentation  of children’s questions, experiences, and theories, along with knowledge of the learning community and child development. Specific information for each classroom, including family information packets, newsletters, and recent documentation, is available for you to view here.

Full-time programs

Preschool (3-4 year-olds)
Preschool 2 (4-5 year-olds)

Part-time Nursery Programs

Nursery 1 (2-3 year-olds)
Nursery 2 (3-4 year-olds)
Nursery 3 (4-5 year-olds)

The CSDC offers four early childhood programs in eight classroom groupings for up to 122 children. The age-ranges for most of our programs is aligned with age-ranges used by the public schools for entry into Grade 1. The age range for the full-time infants, toddlers and young preschoolers may vary according classroom space available and the child’s developmental needs.

Full-time Infant-Toddler Program
Infant classroom:  9 infants/young toddlers, 6 weeks to typically 17 months at the beginning of the CSDC school year,  with 3 full-time teachers) 
Toddler classroom:  12 toddlers, typically 18 months to 33 months at the beginning of the CSDC school year, with 3 full-time teachers).

Full-time Preschool Program
Preschool 1 classroom:  3-4 year olds (15 children, typically 34 months at the beginning of the CSDC school year to turning 4 years by October 1st, with 3 full-time teachers and interns) 
Preschool 2 classroom:  4-5 year-olds (16 children, turning 4 years by September 30th to turning 5 years by October 1st, with 2 full-time teachers and interns).

Full-time Kindergarten Program: 20 children, turning 4.6 years by September 30th with 2 full-time teachers and interns.

Kindergarten Brochure 

The first two are full-day programs operating from 7:30am-5:30pm are open to children of full-time students, benefits-eligible staff, and full-time faculty at UNH.
These classrooms operate for the entire school year with a few weekly closures in the winter and summer months.

The Kindergarten is also a full-day program with the same hours but with open community admissions.  However, the Kindergarten classroom only operates from late-August to mid-June.

Part-time Nursery Programs

  • Nursery 1 classroom: 2-3 year-olds (12 children, turning 2 years by September 30th turning 3 throughout the school year, with 2 full-time staff and 2 interns) meeting Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-12noon.
  • Nursery 2 classroom:  3-4 year-olds (18 children, turning 3 years by September 30th turning 4 throughout the school year, with 2 full-time teachers and 2-3 student interns) meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-12noon.
  • Nursery 3 classroom: 4-5 year-olds (20 children, turning 4 years by September 30th turning 5 throughout the school year, with 2 full-time teachers and 2-3 student interns) meeting Monday through Thursday from 1pm-4pm.

The Nursery Programs are part-day (3 hours) with open admissions for children ranging from two to five years of age from the community. This program runs during the academic year approximately late August - early May & June depending on the classroom.

Please select classroom for curriculum and current classroom happenings and Tuition & Admissions for policies, deadlines and application information.