About LCDS

Our History

The Learning Community Day School is a non-profit, non-discriminatory, independent school, licensed by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).The Learning Community Day School was founded in 1971 by a group of parents who sought an alternative to public school education. Our philosophy and curriculum have grown from that commitment to alternative education and a holistic approach to learning. There are approximately 125 children enrolled at LCDS. Families often come from Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk and Fairfield.

Our Mission

The Learning Community Day School is a democratic community whose mission is to encourage, prepare, and educate children to become enlightened, self-assured, responsible, and enthusiastic participants in life.

Our Philosophy

Children are guided to be free and creative in self-expression. Their personal interests are utilized as a springboard for learning. This teaching strategy leverages the Project Approach, which focuses on the children’s interests to help guide the classroom curriculum. They learn to appreciate both teachers and peers as individuals, and in turn, are appreciated by them. These are beliefs that form the cornerstone of our philosophy and provide children with a strong foundation.

LCDS is a child-centered school rather than a teacher-centered program. We give priority to the needs and interests of our children. This requires individualized curriculum that encourages children to learn at their own rates and explore their own interests.

Our program offers a low student-teacher ratio, opportunities for creative expression, physical development and positive social interaction. We encourage real self-esteem and self-confidence with a focus on developing language and negotiation skills.

Our Parents

Picture-8-300x225LCDS values parents as partners in the process of their children’s education. Parent involvement, support, and ideas are encouraged. Parents should consider sharing their time and talents in the classroom to help enrich the children’s learning process. Parents and other visitors are also welcomed and are encouraged to attend school programs and celebrations. Parents who become involved often develop lasting friendships, grow in commitment to the school, help further its philosophy, and contribute to the benefit of the entire community.

LCDS At A Glance

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• LCDS was founded in 1971 by a group of parents who sought an alternative to public school education.
• We offer programs for 2 year olds through Kindergarten.
• There are approximately 125 children enrolled at LCDS. Families often come from Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk and Fairfield.
• LCDS is licensed by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Picture-14-300x224What is NAEYC?
More than 20 years ago, NAEYC created an accreditation system to improve the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. NAEYC Accreditation has become the mark of quality, helping parents find the best possible early childhood experience.

The NAEYC Accreditation torch is a sign that your child will be safe, healthy, and learning each day. NAEYC has developed 10 standards for high-quality early childhood education. Programs that meet these standards provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well-trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.
To learn more about NAEYC, please visit the following sites:
NAEYC
NAEYC Accreditation Brochure PDF