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Readers' Choice: Nominate Your Favorite Preschool

Tell us about the best options for the little ones in Southington.

This week's Readers' Choice contest moves to a category with blocks, finger paints, swings and sandboxes: Best Preschools.

This can be an emotional category because most of us love the schools we choose for our children, but many parents are still in that "looking" stage, and your comments may help them narrow down their choices.

Tell us about why you chose your preschool and what makes it special in the comments below. The nominations will close on Thursday at 5 p.m., and we'll announce the winner based on comments and Patch Places reviews by Saturday morning.

Francesca R March 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Southington YMCA Learning Center The Place to Be! Best Childcare in town! A great place for children to learn and grow..
Chad March 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I vote for the Southington YMCA Preschool. This is my sons first year in a PS program, he transitioned very well from home a daycare to the Y. He loves the Y and so do we. The teachers are doing a great job.
Kim March 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Southington YMCA Preschool/Learning Center is a warm and loving enviroment, where children come to learn and grow. I vote for the Southington YMCA Preschool.
Tim March 22, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Southington YMCA has teachers and staff that care for every child that walks in. What more do we need.
Christi March 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The Southington YMCA is a great preschool where children come to learn and grow. My children attended preschool here and now I have the privilege to work with this wonderful group of teachers.
Colleen Clark March 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The Y does it best when it comes to kids - and the kids learn to swim too!
Colleen Clark March 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The YMCA offers great programs for all children. It is truly all about the kids at the Y.
Mark March 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The YMCA Preschool is great...I just signed my son up today and we are looking forwawrd to a safe and fun place for our child to learn. The facility is great, the staff are wonderful and the program is tops!
Christina March 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I can't wait for my son to start at the YMCA Learning Center!
Dejah March 22, 2012 at 04:55 PM
My vote is definitely for the YMCA Learning Center! It has a great full day preschool program that truly prepares kids for kindergarten. When you walk into any of the classrooms, they are full of happy children, parents and staff. It's the best!
Jessica Plaskett March 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I vote for the YMCA Learning Center!!! The teachers are awesome and the children get to learn in a fun and safe environment!!! I would reccomend it to anyone!!!!
Joe March 22, 2012 at 05:26 PM
YMCA all the way . Teachers are great and the kids are in a truly loving atmosphere
Joe March 22, 2012 at 05:48 PM
The Village Green Nursery School is the best!! My son loved it there - teachers are wonderful and bring out the best in each student. Their program gets the kids ready for kindegarten.
Brittany March 22, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Southington YMCA's Learning Center is the best. What a great place to send your kid - always teaching core values of caring, respect, responsibility, honesty. Great job!
Sharon March 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
The YMCA has the most caring and dedicated staff devoted to the children of the YMCA Learning Center preschool.
Nancy Bauman March 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
My vote goes to the Southington YMCA Learning Center. My granddaughter and my grandson had great experiences there and were more than ready for Kindergarten! The Y staff is very caring!!
Renee Gilroy March 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Southington's YMCA Learning Center! It has a bright, cheery, happy atmosphere, is extremely well run, has excellent teachers and a great program.
Michele Totonis March 22, 2012 at 06:27 PM
The Southington YMCA Learning Center!! The teachers are caring, and thoughful and they have an excellent program!!
Gina Leonetti March 22, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Village Green Nursery School is the best! We have been so happy with our daughter's experience there. She is finishing up her second year and moving on to Kindergarten; we feel confident she will do well due to her time at VGNS. They provide a wonderful, nurturing environment, while balancing education with play. I always felt my child was in great hands with the staff there too!
Jane Karen March 22, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Grace Nursery School has a wonderful, caring, fun environment that the teachers create. 3 of my kids have attended and my fourth one will too. They always looked forward to going to school. We love it!
Jennifer Brush March 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
YMCA Early Learning Center....my daughter looks forward to going everyday. Safe happy environment mixed with learning and playing!!!! Staff is really great too!!! Mrs J, Mr Josh and Mr Alex all rock!!!
A. Fine March 22, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Village Green is a wonderful establishment. My granddaughter has been going there for 2 years and loves every minute of it. They have prepared her both socially and academically for Kindergarten and life as a "student",
A Happy Mom of 2 March 22, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I go the school at Village Green! My child loves to sing this song every morning as we drive to school! Great teachers....great program!
Nan Sheridan March 22, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I think all the preschool programs in town have a lot to be proud of. We offer a valuable service to the families of Southington. All of the programs, though varied in their approach to preschool, prepare children for the future. I would like to thank the families of Village Green Nursery School for your votes and wonderful comments. With all the wonderful programs available, choosing a preschool is not an easy task. We truly appreciate you choosing Village Green and entrusting us with your child's first school experience. THANK YOU! Nan Sheridan, Director, VGNS
Melanie Krupinski March 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I YMCA Learning Center is the most amazing place! My 3 year old started in January after being in another center and in the first few weeks he was reciting the alphabet and finding letters around our house. It is wonderful how fast he made friends. He has already been invited to 2 playdates! At his old center I had to bribe him daily to go to school and there has not been one day since starting the YMCA that he hasn't been excited to go. I highly recommend any parent looking for quality care to bring your child to the YMCA Learning Center. It is not just a preschool but an actual LEARNING center. I know my son will be ready for kindergarten after attending the Y.
julie March 22, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Handsdown The YMCA offers great programs for children. My son went there and was cared nfor and ready for school. Now my daughter to learning and enjoyed every moment - It is truly all about the kids at the Y.
jill turner March 22, 2012 at 08:53 PM
My vote is for the YMCA Learning Center! The staff are very caring, friendly and knowledgeable in what they do.. The children are learning and being prepared for kindergarten while havnig fun. I would reccomend them to anyone looking for a quality preschool.
Sue Aulbach March 22, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Village Green Nursery School-all the staff are extremely dedicated and compassionate about their roles as the first experience a child will have in the education system. The teachers have all been there for years with little turnover. The staff and Director frequently attend curriculum meetings and classes and stay up to date on the best teaching methods. The classroom is fun, colorful, chock full of manipulative learning toys, books, music, etc. I love the open door policy and the ability to volunteer whenever I can. All 3 of my children have attended and I couldn't be happier with their transition into kindergarten!
Shawn McDowell March 22, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Village Green!!!!!!
Susan Schoenberger (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Thanks for your wonderful and descriptive nominations! Check back on Saturday for our top Readers' Choices.

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