Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School
44 Brown Street
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School (WECMS) opened in the fall of 2009. We have twelve preschool and six kindergarten classrooms. The preschool day is from 8:50—2:40 and kindergarten from 8:50 – 3:30.
Before and after school care is available for a fee.
WECMS is designed specifically for young children and their families. The school building is divided into three pods with six classrooms in each, creating smaller communities within the larger school. Each pod has four preschool and two kindergarten classrooms. Classrooms are designed with science areas in each.
The playground is expansive and has three outdoor learning areas: a gardening area, an area for dramatic play (emphasizing language and literacy), and a playscape/ adventure space for climbing, swinging and riding tricycles.
A Science and Inquiry Focus
WECMS has a science and inquiry theme. As such, the school collaborates closely with the 4-H Education Center at Auer Farm, an educational resource located in Bloomfield. Each class makes 12 visits to the farm. There are ongoing links with agriculture throughout children’s learning. Families are connected to the theme through on-going communication and through seasonal weekend family activities at the farm.
WECMS has goals for student learning based on Connecticut’s Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum Frameworks. In the Pre-K classes we use The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool. The Kindergarten classes use Making Meaning for Language Arts and Growing with Mathematics. Children’s progress toward goals are documented and shared with families. The new facility enables the program to take advantage of recent advances in technology. This fosters the school’s culture of on-going assessment, documentation and communication with families to optimize children’s learning. Based on the most current educational research and proven instructional strategies, the school focuses on enhancing young children’s vocabulary, early literacy and number skills. The inquiry theme naturally supports skill development in these areas.