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Riverfront Children's Center enrolls families from all across southeastern Connecticut on a first come, first serve basis. Families in critical need are given first priority. For information about enrollment please contact the Site Director at Riverfront at 860-445-8151 or by mail at 476 Thames Street, Groton CT.

To put a child on the wait list call the center at 860-445-8151. The Site Director will contact you a space becomes available. All children enrolled must have an up-to-date physical and immunization record. Families must fill out enrollment forms and meet with the Site Director prior to enrollment. A visit to the classroom to meet the teachers and other children will be scheduled prior to the first day.  Riverfront Children's Center has an open door policy for parents, and welcomes visits to the program to at any time. Check out photographs of our classroom activities on Facebook!

Tuition & Financing


Tuition is determined on a sliding scale, based on completed financial aid forms and documentation provided at time of enrollment. All eligible families will be awarded tuition assistance in the form of lowered weekly fees when grant funds are available. Full fees for the program range from $183 per week for preschool up to $205 per week for infants and toddlers.



All enrolling families are welcome to fill out financial aid applications upon enrollment, and every 6 months thereafter to be considered for eligibility for available tuition assistance from a variety of State and private grant sources. All eligible families will be assisted in filling out forms, which may also includes an application to the State Care-4-Kids program. Please see the Site Director or Executive Director for assistance. Forms are available in multiple languages. Tuition assistance is provided by Riverfront Children's Center through funds received from United Way of SECT, private grants, private donors, fundraisers, The State Department of Education, the Office of Early Childhood, New London and Groton School Readiness Programs and Child Day Care grant, Care-4-Kids, and NACCRA.

Admissions application

Please contact Riverfront Children's Center at 860-445-8151 to speak with the Site Director regarding enrollment. To put a child on the wait list call the center at 860-445-8151. The Site Director will contact you a space becomes available. Please provide your name, your child's name and date of birth, your address, phone numbers where you can be reached, and let the staff know if you would like to be considered for tuition assistance as you enroll. When a space becomes available, the Site Director will contact you to arrange a tour of the program, and to go over enrollment forms which must be filled out and returned prior to starting. A non-refundable $30.00 registration fee is due at that time, which will be used toward your first week of tuition.


The Riverfront Children's Center values the partnership they have with parents and caregivers as the first and most important educators of their children. Riverfront not only cares for and educates the children enrolled, but also nurtures the unique needs of each family as a whole. To this end, we provide parents with workshops and training opportunities are offered focusing on a broad range of strategies to strengthen families, including literacy, nutrition and family fun.

Staff serve as a referral source to help parents navigate the often-confusing system of programs that may be available to help. There is an on-site family resource program providing free clothing, a food pantry and diaper bank. All support services offer assistance with the dignity critical to fostering the financial and emotional growth of our families toward success. Riverfront partners with parents and caregivers to ensure the greatest outcomes for their children we serve. Parents are valued members of the Parent-Teacher organization, our Parent-Advisory Board, and Board of Directors.


Riverfront is committed to the principle of teaching each child according to their own individual level of development and need. Children learn best in an environment which engages them in interactive, hands-on exploration of materials. Teachers and children play and learn together in carefully designed classrooms and outdoor spaces that include play in the areas of:

• Math
• Art
• Science
• Large and Fine Motor
• Sensory
•Reading and Literacy
• Writing
• Creative Dramatics
• Music
• Blocks
• Outdoor Play

Academics are woven into all classroom activities. Beyond academics, the goal is for all children to leave the program with increased self-esteem and problem solving skills, to use language to solve issues that arise, to be able to interact with each other and adults in a positive social way, and to express themselves through creativity.