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About Us

The Children's Adventure Center is a top rated NAEYC Preschool with extended care.  We are open year round, weekdays, between 7am and 6pm, offering partial day and full day programs during the school year and summer months.  We provide a warm, positive enviornment where your child can develop confidence, academic and social skills, and creative thinking within a caring community of young learners.  We provide various options to meet the needs of children and families.  Our parents appreciate that we have an excellent, experienced cook that provides early breakfast, fresh hot lunches made on the premises, and nutritious snacks for all students.  Meals and snacks are at no extra charge.


Our Mission

The Children's Adventure Center is a dynamic learning community dedicated to providing a superior educational experience that challenges, encourages, supports, and prepares every child for success in a changing world.  As a caring community of dedicated staff and supportive parents, unified in the pursuit of excellence, our vision for the center is to develop confident students who are motivated to grow as lifelong learners with strong academic skills, inquisitive attitudes, keen social intelligence, creativity, and critical thinking abilities.


Our History

The Children's Adventure Center was established in Newtown in 1969 by a group of concerned community leaders, as a non-profit organization, to provide early childhood education for local families.  While researching a place for the Children's Adventure Center, the school opened in a barn on the property of the United Methodist Church in Sandy Hook, CT.  Volunteers came and helped repair and prepare the center for the children and staff.  In 1971, the center relocated to a contemporary building on 14 Riverside Road.

The Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected annually.

NAEYC Accreditation

CAC is accredited by the National Association for the Education for Young Children - a national organization whose goal is to raise the quality of Pre-school Education through a stringent accreditation process.


Our Philosophy

Our goal is to provide the highest quality educational experience for every child in a warm atmosphere where all children are challenged to excel and their achievements are celebrated. Children at CAC are individually guided in their learning experiences and their acquisition of skills is based on a child's individual development, style of learning and previous experience.

Please see our News and Events Page for more specific information on activites!





Board of Directors
Board Chair:  Marie Smith
Vice Chair:  Carrie Battaglia
Treasurer: Janice Butler 
Secretary:  Jane Gadbut
Tom Catalina
Karissa Peters
Anna Wiedemann
Emily Slattery
CAC Director:
Anna Ruggiero
(203) 426-3018
Fax #  (203) 270-4230
Hours of Operation
7AM- 6PM
Year 'Round
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