Frequently Asked Questions
Is my family required to reside in Bridgeport in order for my child to participate in the School Readiness Preschool program?
Yes, only children who reside in Bridgeport or whose parents work in Bridgeport may be enrolled in the CES School Readiness program.
What are the age of the children who may enroll in School Readiness
The students are between the ages of 2.9 years (in September) and 5 years.
Does my child need to attend every day for 6 hours?
Yes, the School Readiness grant for full-day/full-year programs requires that each child attend school for at least 6 hours, 5 days each week. Consistent attendance is necessary to maintain your child in the program.
Is this a year-round program?
Yes, School Readiness program is open for 50 weeks per year.
Is there a plan for each child?
Yes.  Each classroom's team of teachers creates a weekly Learning Experience Plan (LEP).  The LEP is divided into content areas such as Morning Meeting, Circle, Large Group, Manipulatives, Library, Writing, Art, Science, Sensory Table, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Music, and Outdoor/Large Motor Activity.  The teachers plan activities in each of these areas based on the three Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS) they have chosen to study that week.  Each classroom has a specific book for the week which they read to the class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  On Tuesday and Thursday, the teacher will read an informational or non-fiction book related to the book of the week.  Your child is exposed to many books and authors throughout the year.  The LEP is posted on the classroom bulletin board for you to view.
What is the curriculum that is used?
CES School Readiness follows The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.  The Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) are used as the basis for planning learning experiences. You can access the CT ELDS on the CT Office of Early Childhood website:
What will my child learn?
At School Readiness your child will focus on: 
  • Cognition – explore and investigate a variety of experiences
  • Social and Emotional development – development relationships with others
  • Physical development and health – develop gross- and fine-motor skills
  • Early Language , Communication, and Literacy – understand and use expressive language
  • Creative Arts - introduce an appreciation for the arts through music activities, visual arts, drama and dance  
  • Early Mathematical Discovery - introduce counting, problem-solving, measuring
  • Early Scientific Inquiry – questioning and defining problems, investigating, using evidence
  • Social Studies - Learn about people, places, and environments
Your child will be exposed to many experiences in these areas through their play. For example, your child will be exposed to letters and numbers in a variety of ways. The teachers may set up a letter hunt in the classroom or have your child “sign in” each morning using many types of writing tools including sand and a stick or shaving cream. At this age, play is children’s work. Preschoolers learn best through hands-on experiences. 
Does my child needs to be toilet-trained?
Children are not required to be toilet-trained. Families are asked to provide disposable diapers or pull-ups, wipes, and extra clothing in case of soiling.
How many teachers are in each classroom?
There are three teachers from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Is breakfast/lunch provided?
Our program supplies snacks in the morning and afternoon. Parents provide lunch. You may bring in your child's breakfast to eat at school up until 8:30 a.m.
Is my child required to go outdoors if he/she is recovering from an illness?
Yes. If your child is or has been ill and you feel that he/she is not sufficiently well to go outdoors, please keep him/her home until he/she is ready to participate in a full day of school.