Childcare Options


Westbrook Parks & Recreation childcare

The parks and recreation department 

operates programs for varied age groups; the "Little Folks Camp/Fun Days Camp" preschool program is located at the Town Hall lower level and at the lower level of the Westbrook Public Library. 

-The cost varies from $60 to $235 per six (6) week session and there is the potential of a small amount of funding through the Parks & Recreation - this cost depends on the number of days attended.

The grades K-4 "Before and After School Program" operates at the Daisy School cafeteria. The cost of the before care is $100 per session. The after care is $200 per session. Combined before and after is $275 per session. 

-Single day registration is also available: $10 for Before Care, $15 for After Care and $25 for half days 1 to 6 p.m. 

The grades 5 through 8  "After School Program" operates at the Westbrook Middle School.  The cost of this program is $200 per month 

- there is optional schedules available at $15 per day 

Please take a look at the Westbrook Parks & Recreation web pages for details on these programs.




Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Families choose the child care provider they want for their children.  Care 4 Kids can help pay for care arrangements that meet the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Division of licensing requirements. 

To learn more about Care 4 Kids, take a look at this website. It has information for both parents and child care providers. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more.

Here's a link to the general guidelines for more information.

You can also print the forms you need to apply for the program, go to the Forms page.

 Click here for Provider Requirements

The STEPS Online Guide to Childcare Assistance

Here is a guide made by STEPS(Student Training & Education in Public Service) to finding public child care assistance, such as state and community resources. Included are the following topics: 

-Facts about Child Care

-State and Local Childcare Assistance 

-School Based Care: Head Start & Early Start

-More resources

-Child Care Assistance for Teen Parents

-Finding Quality Child Care Checklist

-Insight from Two Child Care Experts

Pumpkin Patch               

pumpkinPumpkin Patch Childcare & Early Education Center

Pumpkin Patch Childcare & Early Education Center is a family-owned business that has been serving families in Connecticut for over 35 years.  They provide children with a loving, nurturing, and safe environment to learn, play, and grow.  Qualified and highly dedicated teachers offer before and after school care to children aged 6 weeks to 12 years in a stimulating atmosphere. Their center is state licensed and conveniently located at 310 Grove Beach Road North, Westbrook, CT, servicing the Westbrook and Clinton school systems.

They offer full-time, part-time, and occasional care to accommodate your busy schedule!

Please take a look at the Pumpkin Patch web pages for details on their programs.

Kindercare Learning Center              

Kindercare_iconKindercare Learning  Center

158 Westbrook RdEssex, CT 06426

(860) 767-1072Ages: 6 weeks to 8 years
Accredited by NAEYC.

From Their Website:

"Welcome to Essex KinderCare in Connecticut! We're located within a convenient distance from each of our three villages. Our teachers recognize the importance of offering a full and diverse education, and they bring their passion for art, music, and literature to the classroom. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. It's our mission from the moment you walk into our center that you feel part of our KinderCare family."

"Our classrooms are places to thrive! 
In our safe and healthy classrooms, your child will be engaged in learning experiences that meet them where they are, both socially and academically. With fun daily activities, passionate teachers, and great friends, a lifetime of confidence starts here. Contact the center director to learn more about our child care options and schedule a tour! "

Please take a look at the Essex Kindercare web pages for more information on their programs or call them at (860) 767-1072.  They are open 6:45 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F .