How we work
Playdates innovative program rotates among the children’s homes. Two trained instructors lead the play-based, sensory rich curriculum activities that are child-centered, building upon the interest, abilities and inclinations of the children. Outdoor experiences and natural resources of the various home environments add to the uniqueness of this special program.
Safety and health are top priority at PLAYDATES . The staff is trained in Infant and Child CPR and First Aid. Teachers meet the PLAYDATES families during a home visit and view the play areas prior to the start of the school year to ensure a safe, healthy and enriching play experience.
Children are grouped together according to age, gender balance, neighborhood and town. You may request to have your child grouped with a friend or create your own Playdates class with a group of six friends.
We adore our teachers and so will your child and you.
Playdates teachers combine the best of being highly educated trained professionals and are warm, caring and supportive. They are all mothers, sharing a common bond of dedication to family, love of learning, and service to the community.
The high-quality staff and teacher retention rate over the years is a true testimony to the mission of the Playdates program.
Playdates has over 25 teachers. Each one is extremely special to us.
Mother of three
Northeastern University; B.S. Education
Oh to be TWO again! In 1992, when a popular Darien, Connecticut, playschool where I was teaching, closed, the parents asked me to continue teaching their children in their homes. Following my passion of early childhood education, I created the Playdates, at-home play school model. Originating from necessity and demand, Playdates has grown naturally over 23 years.
A native of Massachusetts, I graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Education. Working as an Education Coordinator in a public school, my husband’s job landed us in Darien Ct., where we raised our 3 sons.
When I am not at Playdates, you can find me running, gardening, following my favorite sports teams and volunteering in the community. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to support many area philanthropic organizations. Above all, I am most proud and honored to work together with so many Playdates families and staff, continuing the mission of cultivating social, confident and compassionate children.
What our Parents say
We couldn't be happier with our entire Playdates experience. It is the best first school experience for children and parents alike! Our daughter is so happy and excited to go to school each week and it has been so rewarding to see her thrive in this environment. It is wonderful receiving the artwork and projects she brings home each day and we hang on every sweet word and picture in the weekly newsletter. Thank you, thank you!!
L.C. - Darien
Your program is simply wonderful! I have been so pleased as well as impressed. Caelan has loved every minute of it! I have felt so confident leaving Caelan in their very capable but more importantly loving hands! Ms. Dot, Ms. Debbie and Ms. Pattycakes are three very special ladies.
A. B. - New Canaan
This has been a wonderful experience for James. Nancy and Joan truly understand how two year olds behave, develop and learn. Communication really has been tremendous and open at all times. This is a fabulous program and I am thrilled we will be joining next year with William.
K. M. - Rowayton
The Playdates program is great. I wish I had known about it with my 6-year old!
M.A. - New Canaan
My first drop off with my first child could not have been better! Miss Julie and Miss Nancy always went the extra mile to make everyone comfortable and happy. They have been wonderful - we look forward to seeing our younger 2 through the program.
A.H. - New Canaan
I was thrilled with my first “MB” experience (with my first child.) The teachers are fabulous and work together so well which really shows. They have provided Sean with an amazing introduction to school, sharing, and friendships outside the home that will be an amazing foundation to his preschool years. Thank you. You are all amazing and saints in my book.
D.M. - Darien