The Children’s School: The Importance of Beginnings

Genetics may provide the blueprint for the vast, dynamic circuitry of the brain, but the environment in which a child lives, specifically the quality of a child’s interactions with teachers, will indelibly shape this circuitry, and at no time more than during the early years.

Attentive, loving and thoughtful relationships support strong neural connections in the young brain, including areas that are crucial to learning, memory and academic success.

Research continues to support what The Children’s School has believed for over 55 years: that early childhood education—a good beginning—really does matter.

“We believe in the importance of beginnings at The Children’s School,” said Maureen Murphy, Head of School. “How could we not? The very essence of the School—its beating heart—is rooted in the life and extraordinary development of the young.”

The school bases its methods, materials, teacher selection and training, and environment on best practices in education. “We train our teachers to listen and speak respectfully to our students. Thoughtful listening and language help secure children’s emotional well-being and social competence and encourage their innate curiosity,” Murphy explained.

“Our students feel confident about their intellectual abilities because new information is conveyed and skills are acquired at just the right time, when each child is ready,” she added.

In our carefully prepared classrooms, skilled, caring teachers guide children in their exploration of the world, which is the “work” of the child. It is just this kind of stimulating, nurturing environment—one that sparks curiosity as well as securing each child’s emotional and social well-being—that helps children reach their full potential, offering them the best possible beginning in the early years.


The Children’s School serves children ages 3 to 8. It is located at 118 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. For more information, please call 203.329.8815 or see

Tour the campus and meet teachers at an open house on Friday October 1, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm