Children First

Toddler & Preschool Enrollment Update for 2018-2019

Enrollment Update:

CF is now looking forward to the 2018-2019 enrollment window (openings and start dates typically occur between June 15th and Sept 7th).

We are currently completing phone calls to all families whose initial intake occurred prior to the last 3 months (thus, Nov/Dec/January intakes are on the Wait List, but we will not make follow-up calls at this time – PLEASE contact us if any critical information has changed!).

Based on your child’s age and slot type request, we will begin setting up tours and offering slots that will open up this summer (all slots to be filled by 9/7/18).

Please call or email if your needs have changed or if you want to be removed from our Wait List.




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Enrolling for the 2017-2018 Year

We are now enrolling for the 2017-2018 year.

Please see information on the “Prospective Families” page, including detailed information about classrooms, Wait List management, and tours.

  • Mulberry Room (starting at 21 months) – FULL

    • Wait List being maintained for children from birth to 2 years, 9 months

  • Birch Room (starting at 2 years, 9 months) – FULL

  • Hickory Room (for children who have already completed 1 year at CF but who are not yet going to kindergarten, and for those going to kindergarten in the upcoming Fall) – FULL

  • Maple Room (for children going to kindergarten in the Fall) – ONE FULL TIME SLOT LEFT

We are offering tours for all preschool classrooms and maintaining a Wait List for those interested in attending in the 2018-2019 year.

CF History

The History

In the spring of 1999, a privately owned child care company in Granby was being subsumed in a share-holders’ dispute. The loss of that center would mean the loss of child care for almost thirty Granby families and the loss of many jobs.  Staff spent countless hours working to solve this problem. They asked parents and community members for help, formed a volunteer Board of Directors, and, by September, 1999, formed a new, non-profit [501(c)(3)] child care corporation: “Children First EnterprisesInc.” named because we wanted our company to “put children first.”  Donna Denette was one of the original co-creators.

We went through several organizational changes during the first two years, but finally settled on having an Executive Director to oversee the administration of the company in the spring of 2001.  Since then we have grown and improved both our pre-school program and our school age programs  In 2004 our pre-school became accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) [], an honor of which we were quite proud.  We also converted the barn on the property into a summer-use-only “clubhouse” for the school-agers to attend summer camp (some of our school-age programs function for the academic year out of the West St. School cafeteria which we rent from the Granby Public Schools).  As we grew and our reputation for providing excellent care and curriculum by a caring, educated, consistent staff grew with us, we OUTGREW our space. In 2006 we made a commitment to expand our facility. We were accepted into Building Stronger Centers, a program offered by the Children’s Investment Fund to help non-profit childcare companies expand and/or improve their services. We purchased 3.5 acres of land and the buildings that we had previously rented. We worked with an architect who specialized in the design of child care facilities as well as a local landscape architect. The result is our magical and wonderful Children First Center!

Our history is based on goal-setting, and each year we are committed to improving.  Our Grand Opening for our expansion was over six years ago, and we are already working with an architect for expansion II.  With this new expansion, we will dedicate one side of our building (the West Wing) to our School Agers.  This amazing space will be designed around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  We will also be opening a 3rd preschool classroom, as we have already outgrown our waitlist with only two.  And lastely, we are opening a room for younger 2 year olds (Toddlers).



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