Maureen Bloom Playdates LLC - PO Box 948, Darien, CT 06820 - (203) 505-0502

Meet our Teachers


Lynne Andren

Boston College, School of Education, MA in Reading from Columbia Teachers College
Mother of 3 girls
Lynne's favorite pastime is cooking and baking with her girls.


Lisa Boots

Northwestern University
Mother of three
Lisa's favorite pastime is running, cooking, and photography.


Mary Canaday

Denison University, Pace University School of Law
Mother of three
Mary's favorite book is "Endurance".


Antoinette Cowels

Boston College, Masters in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence University
Mother of three
Antoinette's favorite pastime is spending time with her family and beach time on Nantucket.



Christine Daly

Fairfield University
Mother of three
Christine's favorite pastime is skiing with her family.


Rachel Donovan

Union College
Mother of two
Rachel's favorite pastime is watching my kids play hockey.


Dot Gifford

Fairfield University
Mother of three
Dot's favorite pastime is walking every morning with her friend.


Trish Jermain

Springfield College
Mother of five
Trish's favorite hobbies:  arts and crafts, needlepoint and gardening.


Rosemary Jordan

University of Dayton
Mother of two girls
Rosemary's favorite pastime is spending time with her family and summer at the Jersey Shore.


Megan McCarthy

College of the Holy Cross, NYU - MBA
Mother of three
Megan's favorite children’s movie is Pixar's Cars.


Cara Rachinsky

Southern Connecticut State University, BS, Masters in Speech Therapy
Mother of two boys
Cara's favorite children's book: "Oh, The Places You’ll Go", by Dr. Seuss.


Amy Saggese

Suffolk University
Mother of two boys
Amy's favorite children's book: "The Wide Mouth Frog" by Keith Faulkner.


Megan Trygg

University of Vermont
Mother of three
Megan's favorite pastime is working in her garden.


Joanne Woodring

College of New Rochelle
Mother of two
Joanne's favorite pastime is oil and watercolor painting.

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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

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