Participant Information


Welcome to the SWPRD Preschool Program! We offer a high quality program at affordable rates, and plenty of class options that vary in length, day, and time. A feature of joining our preschool program is signing your child up for each class a la carte, allowing your family the benefit of our flexible schedule. 

Parent/Child Classes 

Many families take advantage of having the opportunity to have mom, dad, a grandparent or caregiver participate in the classroom with their child. This helps many preschoolers remain comfortable until they are ready to "graduate" to independent classes! 
 Independent Classes
We also offer a variety of independent classes for children as young as two! With classes that vary in length as well as the option to enroll in back to back classes, you can choose a schedule that is beneficial to your child. Independent classes inspire confidence in your preschooler and provide them the opportunity to thrive in a classroom setting. 
Playful Learning Environment
Our classrooms are open, inviting, and full of hands-on fun and learning experiences for your little one! The positive socialization that your preschooler receives will establish many lifelong family friendships. 

Low Teacher-Student Ratios

By having a low child-teacher ratio, your child will receive plenty of TLC and individualized attention within the group setting. Our classes offer your child the opportunity to learn and play in a variety of settings, including: group learning, independent learning, and child-selected activities! 

Child Pickup

Teachers will ask everyone who is picking up children from a preschool program to show identification before that child will be permitted to leave. Children will only be allowed to leave with people documented on the Emergency Contact Information Form under the pickup authorization section 

Emergency Phone Numbers

In case of an emergency, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-648-6355.

Participant Contact Form

For your child's safety, all parents and guardians of preschool participants will be required to fill out a participant form. This form is required an before the start of the program. This form includes:
  • Allergy and special needs information
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Authorized Pick Up People
This information will be valid for the entire school year. The form is available on our website, HERE or can be picked up in the Parks & Recreation office.  

2022 - Preschool Classes

We are excited to bring you lots of wonderful Preschool Classes for Winter and Spring of 2022! For a detailed description of our class offerings, as well as updates to our preschool program this year, please see our Winter/Spring Brochure HERE!

Weather Cancellation Policy

If the South Windsor Public Schools are canceled, preschool classes will also be canceled.


If South Windsor Public Schools have a delayed opening, morning preschool classes will also be canceled. 

How to Find Cancellation Information

Know before you go! Call the SWPRD Hotline- at 860648-6349 for the most up to date information regarding preschool classes and cancelations.

Make-Up Classes

We have planned extra time between sessions, and will do our best to offer a make-up class for any canceled classes as the schedule allows! Partial refunds will be given if two or more of the same class cannot be rescheduled.


Partial refunds will be given if two or more of the same canceled class cannot be rescheduled. 

Refund Policy: Requests for cancelations, withdrawals, or transfers received by the Wednesday prior to the start of the session will be eligible for a full refund. Requests for cancelations, withdrawals, or transfers received after the start of the session but prior to the halfway point of the session (four weeks in) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to receive a pro-rated refund. Requests for cancelations, withdrawals or transfers after the halfway point in the session (four weeks in) are not eligible for a refund.

Other Schedule Changes

The South Windsor Recreation Department reserves the right to change schedules as necessary and cancel programs that do not meet minimum enrollment levels.


Get to know our Preschool Teachers!


Beth Rounce

Beth has been at teacher with the South Windsor Parks and Recreation Department since 1993. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Grove City College. Before the Parks and Recreation Department, Beth taught 6th grade and was a director of a child care center.

Cara Sivo

Cara has been an aide and a teacher with the South Windsor Parks and Recreation Department since 2005. She went to the University of Connecticut and then went on to work for AMICA Insurance Company for several years and after that she worked in Pediatrics. Cara has volunteered at Wapping Elementary School and also as a coach and team mom for her children's many sports teams over the years.

Jennie Hathorn

Jennie began as a preschool aide with the South Windsor Parks and Recreation Department in 2013. She has a BS from SUNY Geneseo in Elementary and Special Education, and a MA from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology. Before staying home with her three children, she taught at the elementary level in East Hartford for 8 years. 

Jennie Tetreault

Jennie joined our team in 2016.  She holds a B.S. from Central Connecticut State University in Business Management.  Before becoming a stay at home mother 8 years ago, she was a local realtor for 15 years.   She resides in town with her family and has been an active volunteer in the South Windsor community as a religious education teacher, school volunteer and as her children’s sports coach.

Christine Aparo

Christine has been teaching with us since the Fall of 2017! She resides in town with her husband and two young girls!

Michelle Verzella

Michelle is new to our preschool team for the Fall of 2019! Michelle has a degree in Business from Eastern Nazarene College. She resides in town with her three children. She has been an active volunteer in both the school system and in various sports programs. Before becoming a stay at home mother, Michelle worked for a large investment company training and educating both internal employees and external customers.

Staci Leone

Staci is new to our preschool team for the Fall of 2019! Staci has a BS in Marketing from Bryant College in Rhode Island.  She worked in Underwriting for an international insurance corporation in Farmington for five years.  After having her first son in 2012, she made a difficult decision to leave Corporate America and become a stay at home mom.  She says, "staying home was the best decision I made as I have been able to watch my sons grow up and I've discovered my passion for working with children.  I am so excited to work here at the Rec Center." 



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