Letter from the Director

Dear NPNS Parents and Prospective Parents,

Welcome to the NPNS website and thank you for viewing the many ways our children learn. We are very proud of our program and its three keys to the success:

• Child empowerment
• A passionate staff that nurtures a love of learning
• Parent and community involvement

Our inspiration is the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy. This approach is rooted in our belief that children are competent learners with a pre-existing knowledge base, that teachers are companions on the learning journey and the environment is an important prompt through which teachers, parents and the community engage children in the joy of exploration and inspiration.

Our children are always encouraged to try new things, think out of the box, succeed, fail, regroup and try again. When we applaud the process, respect the effort and value the work as accomplishment itself, we teach children the importance of trial and effort. At the same time, we provide emotional support through applause, encouragement and modeling healthy relationships. Early childhood education is not a sterile environment, but rather a well-tuned balance of challenging and loving support of children.

Please visit the various pages herein to learn more about our program, our goals and mission, and how your child can benefit from our unique approach to learning.

Martha Duff

Martha Duff
 "Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn"
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- Experiential Learning
Birth through 8 

quote by Thomas Edison

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Weather Related Delays or Closings:

NPNS will delay or close school based on what the Darien Public Schools do.

  • If Darien Public Schools are closed, we will be too.
  • If the Darien Public Schools have a morning delay, NPNS will always open at 10:00am.
  • If they call for an AM early dismissal, after the school day has started, NPNS will dismiss at 10:30AM.
  • If the Darien Public Schools call for an afternoon early dismissal, NPNS will cancel all PM classes and PM Extended Day Classes and all morning classes will dismiss at 11:45 (including Pre-K, Long Day 4s and AM Extended Day).
Please go to the Darien Public School Website (www.darienps.org) or tune to Channel 3, 8 or 12 Connecticut News for School delays and closings.