From storytimes to nature classes, there are several early learning opportunities offered throughout the year in Wethersfield.
Wethersfield Public Library
515 Silas Deane Highway
Phone: (860) 529-2665
Wethersfield Library’s Children Department offers a vast array of free early learning opportunities for Wethersfield families throughout the year. Program registration is ongoing. For a complete listing of current programs dates, and registration information visit: www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/children/programs.html
Library programs include:
Parent Child Workshop for ages birth to 3 and siblings up to 5 years old. A free five-week program that involves children birth to 3 and their parents/caregivers. Features local professionals who serve as resources for parents; emphasizes the role of parents as the first teachers of their children; facilitates early intervention; and teaches strategies for healthy child development and early literacy. Weekly resource professionals may include: Speech & Language; Early Child Development; Music; Health & Nutrition; Behavior & Early Literacy. Registration is required.
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
Storytime for Birth-21 months. Stimulating child and caregiver program which includes sharing board books, nursery rhymes & bouncing games. Parent participation is key! Registration is required.
Storytime for 22-35 months. Exciting program where toddlers begin to appreciate longer stories & participate in group activities. Parent participation is key! Registration is required.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
Storytime for 3-5 year olds. This program is designed to help develop pre-reading skills and to enjoy theme based stories, fingerplays, songs & games. Registration is required.
For 5-7 year olds. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math through fun activities. Registration is required.
DROP-IN PLAYTIME and SHORT & SWEET STORYTIME
All ages. Drop-in family fun with a story and a song. Call, email, or drop by the library to sign up for these wonderful programs.
The Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center is an ecology education and community center devoted to helping Connecticut residents explore and understand the natural world. The EBW Nature Center features live animals, hands-on exhibits, and a reading/game corner.
Have a child who has yet to start school?
Consider enrolling yourself and your child in a parent and child NATURE SCHOOL program. The Nature School offers many programs for preschool age children. Circle time and games will help develop social skills and engage curiosity about the natural world. Financial assistance available. To register and for more information go to wethersfieldct.gov/recreation and open the tab for current Park and Recreation Brochure.
The center also supports a number of community functions. Space is available for birthday parties, meetings, and special events.
NATURE SCHOOL – TADPOLES
Age 2. Parent/caregiver and child participate in educational and hands-on activities utilizing curriculum focused on the animals that reside at the EBW Nature Center. Activities include literacy, music and art connections as well as outdoor exploration. Circle time and games will help develop social skills and engage curiosity about the natural world. Financial assistance available.
NATURE SCHOOL – FROGLETS
Age 3. Parent/caregiver and child participate in hands-on activities using nationally recognized curriculum Growing Up Wild. Activities connect young children to nature and expose them to new math and literacy vocabulary. Through music, movement and art, spark creativity and build on a child’s natural affinity towards nature. Financial assistance available.
NATURE SCHOOL – FROGS
Ages 4-5. Parent/caregiver and child participate in hands-on activities designed to encourage interest and inquiry into the natural world, as well as foster social, physical and academic skills. Investigate the habitats of Mill Woods Park to learn about the plants and animals that call it home. Visit and learn about the animals at the Nature Center. Circle time, games, music and movement as well as scientific observations and discoveries. Financial assistance available.
1321 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 563-0604
The Tri-Town YMCA offers child development programs for children ages 2-5 years old. Some of the programs offered at different points in the year are Stepping Stones and preschool sport programs. Please contact the YMCA Office or website for registration materials.
Stepping Stones Enrichment Program: Ages: 2-4
The enrichment program focuses on skill development in the areas of Literacy, Music, Art, Math, and Science. Each day the children will focus on a riveting adventure to light sparks and find passions. Each session will end with a Family Enrichment Activity to showcase their accomplishments. You may sign up for one or more themed days. Each theme meets once per week for a total of 7 classes.
Words Count Literacy Program
The number of words a child hears by age 3 greatly impacts his or her IQ and future academic success. The Words Count program organized by the Village for Families & Children can help you and your child build language skills. It’s a free program that connects you with a trained family literacy coach who will provide:
- One-on-one coaching in your home
- Play-based activities to stimulate your child’s development
- Innovative use of technology to track your results