Hallmarks of Our Program:

* Outdoor Nature Center with Hiking Trails and a Babbling Brook
* Experienced, Caring & Nurturing Staff each with a Minimum of Bachelor's Degree
* Discovery-Based, Developmentally-Appropriate Curriculum
* Pre-K Academy Program Offering Kindergarten-Readiness for 4-Year-Olds
* Multiple Playgrounds in Serene Wooded Setting
* Staff Developer with Over 35 Years Experience in Early Childhood Education

Infant Program: Developing secure and trusting relationships is a primary task for infants. Teachers foster this trust through frequent physical contact, sensitive responses to infants' signals (cries and smiles), and mutual delight in interactions. Infants are provided with visual and tactile stimulation and opportunities for gross motor activity. Infants at the Carrot Patch enjoy the wealth of snuggling, tummy time, and exploration that our 2:5 ratio encourages.

Toddler Program: Teachers create a balance of structured activities that allow children to learn new skills with plenty of free play that fosters creativity and individual expression. The curriculum is theme-based and includes daily experiences such as creative art, dramatic play, blocks, pre-math and science, puzzles and other manipulative materials, and fully incorporates literacy learning throughout. The toddlers make ample use of the Nature Center.

Preschool Program: The Carrot Patch Early Leaning Center provides an individualized program of school-readiness and enrichment for pre-schoolers aged 3 to 5 years of age. A carefully crafted inquiry-based curriculum centered around natural science, and designed to challenge each child to stretch and grow is carefully planned. Professional staff tailor the program to the individual needs of each child, ensuring that the particular challenges they encounter ultimately lead to success. This experience of positive outcomes rewarding their efforts enhances children's self-confidence and naturally promotes a joy for learning!

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • All teachers are professional educators with a minimum Bachelor's Degree
  • Outdoor Nature Center with hiking trails and stream

Serviced Areas

  • New Haven County

Payment Options

  • American Express, Debit Cards, Discover, MasterCard, Money Orders, Personal Checks, VISA, Automated Bank Debit

Contact Details

  Person Suzanne M. Miller
  City Hamden, CT
  Zip Code 06518
  Address 235 Johnson Rd
  Phone Number (203) 248-5433
  Fax (203) 287-9833

Business Representative

Suzanne M. Miller

Owner/Administrative Director

A 1995 graduate of the Yale Law School, Suzanne has concentrated her talents on non-profit management and kid welfare. As a former Connecticut Assistant Attorney General, she acted as an advocate for children in the New Haven area. She has also served as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, and was Project Director during the turnaround stage of New Haven's Elm Haven/Monterey Place urban renewal project. Certainly not least among her many accomplishments has been her role as a single-mom raising two happy, well-adjusted children to productive adulthood! Recently Suzanne began accepting some appointments to represent children in Waterbury Juvenile Court.

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The Carrot Patch Program

The Carrot Patch Program

We are proud to say that every one of our classroom teachers--Infants through Preschool--holds a Bachelors or Masters Degree, and many are credentialed public school teachers with early elementary-level experience. Our Staff Developer has over 40 years experience in all aspects of early childhood education and works closely with our teaching staff.

We offer an individualized, developmentally-appropriate curriculum featuring an inquiry-based approach. We use the place-based Bank Street educational model, focusing on the child's familiar environment as a base for their growing awareness and understanding of the larger world. We build on children's innate connection to nature as a way to integrate literacy, science, music and movement, arts, mathematics, social studies and social-emotional development in a balanced, holistic way.

  • I would recommend this business

A fantastic, nature based program. I can’t say enough positive things about the staff. The teachers are engaging, caring, and nurturing. My daughter had an amazing time here.

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  • I would recommend this business

As we approach the 10th anniversary of The Carrot Patch, I continue to feel so very fortunate to be involved with such a dedicated community of teachers and families. It just keeps getting better and better!

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Overall ratingExcellent

Customer Testimonials

We would like to thank you for the two years of wonderful care Daniel received while attending 'The Patch.' He learned so many new things, made friends and generally had a great time! We also appreciate the sensitivity with which you accommodated Daniel's special needs--he was kept completely safe yet always participated fully.

Thank you for providing the girls with such a warm inviting and loving place to learn and grow. We appreciate your commitment to hiring highly-qualified teachers and of course for the amazing Nature Classroom! After all they have been through, you have helped the girls maintain such an important stability in their lives. Thanks for making the Carrot Patch a place where we feel safe sending our kids!

Time flies! I still remember being in your brand new office pleading for a spot for my 3 month old baby! Thank you for partnering with us in the raising and education of our firstborn, and for educating us along the way--we learned a lot :) as did Celeste. You and your staff have always been professional and great and we would never have such an amazing daughter if it had not been for the wonderful high quality education, curriculum, experience and environment you have provided.

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We are now delighted to offer families a choice of three top-notch, yet unpretentious early learning centers where children thrive in a safe, fun, nurturing and creative environment year-round. Children, parents, and staff find a sense of community, and our passion for education and love for children informs every detail and every decision we make. WE ARE OPEN! With a focus on maintaining a safe and healthy school, we are incorporating CDC and OEC guidance and best practices. We are open and going strong!

In order to help our children feel safe and happy at the Carrot Patch in this unprecedented time. 1. We will take cues from your children. If and when questions or concerns arise, we will respond in an age-appropriate way. We will be honest, clear and answer simply. We will not overload with information and will keep you informed about any worries or misconceptions your children may articulate. Our message, as always, is that it is safe to talk with a teacher. Feel free to ask your child's teacher for any additional information, such as specific terms we use at school.

Explore our airy and spacious, well-equipped preschool building! And our engaging, professionally designed and landscaped playscape is open for play and exploration. Monday-Friday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or Tuesday/Thursday. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. Summer Sessions: Preschoolers through rising first-graders can enjoy our outstanding program all summer long, run by our regular degreed teaching staff! The Carrot Patch-Shoreline provides an individualized inquiry-based program, learning through play.