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Welcome to The Nest!

CLA's Early Childhood Education Program

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In Pre-K, we foster creativity and imagination, while presenting academic learning to help children develop to their full potential. This gives them a strong academic foundation and a life long love of learning! 

Children begin their days with a morning meeting and being gathered on the rug and going over the weather for the day and month. We move into language arts where we learn new letters and sounds. Students then have snack and recess before continuing on to religion, math, and then lunch followed by an additional outdoor recess. We then give the students a 50 minute rest period and end the day with discovery centers, which include an array of different subjects and includes specials like gym or music. 

Taught by: 
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Ms. Taryn Caito

Ms. Caito grew up in Londonderry, NH before attending Keene State College to study English. She also has her Early Childhood Certification from Granite State College coupled with experience working as a paraprofessional. She has been teaching Pre-K for three years at a childcare center before joining us at CLA! She enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outside, and country music. Ask her to see photos of her puppy, Libby!  



  • Story time

  • Upper/lowercase alphabet recognition

  • Rhyming words

  • Sequencing

  • Oral language

  • Phonological awareness


  • Alphabet letter formation

  • Numeral formation

  • Left to right progression

  • Writing first name

  • Tracing

  • Coloring

  • Pencil grip


  • Recognize numbers 1-10

  • Calendar (months, days of the week, and year)

  • Patterns

  • Sorting and classifying

  • Size differential 

  • Positional words

  • Identify shapes and colors


  • Seasons

  • Weather

  • Health and body

  • 5 senses

  • Animals

  • Sea life

  • Simple experiments

  • Measuring

  • Predicting

  • Planting

Social Studies: 

  • Fire safety 

  • Self awareness

  • Community helpers

  • Holidays


  • Daily prayer 

  • Weekly Mass

  • Moral values

  • Advent

  • Lent

  • Virtues

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One of the things that separates CLA from other early childhood centers is our ability to get children accustomed to a full-day of school schedule. Our focus is on their academic learning and growth in order to best prepare them for kindergarten and elementary school programs. 

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Reasons Parents Are Choosing CLA
We've Got Food Covered! 

We're thrilled to announce that starting in the 2021-2022 academic year, we'll have all food covered for your Pre-K student! This includes: 

  • Milk for both snack and lunch time

  • Healthy snack (granola bars, fruit, yogurt, etc.)

  • School lunch (This will be the same lunch as the rest of the school, but in slightly smaller portions. We use Celebrations Catering for our lunches.)

  • An academic curriculum in Pre-K that lays the foundation for learning

  • Title I help available for ages 5 and up

  • In class learning

  • Flexible payment plans and the most affordable tuition in the southern New Hampshire area

  • Structured curriculum and education

  • An after school program is available for parents that require additional care to their children

Pre-K Cost Breakdown and Comparison Analysis
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In addition to offering a superior learning environment and academic stimulation, we're affordable too! Here's how we compare to other child care centers in the southern New Hampshire area. We also have multiple payment options and financial aid available. 

Ready to schedule a tour? Reach out to our Admissions Director, Amanda Kane, at

*Costs calculated on a full-day, weekly basis without after care. 

**Does not include registration and fundraising costs & fees. 


Taught by: 
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Ms. Alexandra Schack
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We're proud of our spiritual, academic, and social curriculum! Listed below is a curriculum outline of the skills your child will learn throughout the school year, which follow the national standards for kindergarteners. This prepares them to graduate from The Nest and enter first grade at CLA equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful. 

Social-Emotional Skills:

  • Showing love, kindness, and empathy to one another

  • Participating cooperatively in group situations

  • Self regulating emotions and behaviors

  • Taking responsibility for their own well-being and the well being of others

  • Following directions

  • Engaging in positive social interactions

Language Skills: 

  • Describing people, things, feelings

  • Participating in discussions constructively

  • Telling stories in a beginning, middle, and end sequence

  • Asking and answering questions

  • Listening to others speak to take turns in conversations

Writing Skills: 

  • Writing words using their knowledge of letter sounds, pictures, and word approximations

  • Writing their opinion and giving a reason

  • Writing to share information

  • Capitalizing words at the beginning to end with punctuation

Reading Skills: 

  • Reading books with 2-5 lines of text with fluency and expression

  • Using knowledge of letter sounds and sight words to read

  • Using pictures as clues to solve words to gain meaning

  • Making connections, predictions, and inferences when reading and listening to stories 

Math Skills: 

  • Counting to 100 by ones and tens

  • Writing and recognizing numbers 1-20 in print and to associate quantity with numbers

  • Adding and subtracting fluently to 5 and with supports to 10 

  • Estimating, classifying, comparing, contrasting, and measuring

  • Understanding patterns

  • Recognizing 2D and 3D shapes, pennies, and dimes

  • Using clocks and calendars to measure time

Spiritual Development

  • Learning to pray with the goal of becoming closer to God through prayer

  • Learning to serve one another within the school 

  • Living out the virtues 

We keep Christ at the center of all that we do! 

Our faith formation and development ensures that our students are not only academically fulfilled, but spiritually fulfilled, as well! Through learning the virtues, weekly mass, and learning to pray, our students are able to foster a nurturing relationship with God from a young age that will serve them for the rest of their lives! 

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