30 Things to Know About Riverfront Children’s Center:

  1. OUR MISSION: The Riverfront Children’s Center provides high quality, affordable childcare and educational services while comprehensively nurturing the unique needs of children and their families.
  2. We believe all children deserve access to high quality early care and education regardless of their background or ability to pay.
  3. Riverfront creates welcoming, natural and fun educational environments for children to learn and develop with the support of trusted and consistent caregivers.
  4. We envision a community where all children are safe and receiving the highest quality education and all families are self-sufficient and succeeding.
  5. Riverfront is a 501-(c) (3), nonprofit corporation, licensed by the State of Connecticut and run by a volunteer Board of Directors.
  6. Riverfront is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and has been since 1996.
  7. The Center began in 1983 as the preschool component of a YWCA then located on our site.
  8. The Riverfront Children’s Center serves over one hundred young children each day. Since many families stay for many years, that’s over 800 children in our region since 1983!
  9. We accept children aged twelve weeks through twelve years in our program, including those with health or behavioral special needs.
  10. Riverfront is open from 6 am until 5 pm, 5 days a week, 51 weeks a year.
  11. Our learning curriculum is based upon constructive, directed play. It is called Creative Curriculum.
  12. Riverfront is Southeastern Connecticut’s largest provider of subsidized infant and toddler care with no residency restrictions.
  13. All parents with children in our programs are working, in school or in training programs. 95% of children are receiving some scholarship assistance to attend the program.
  14. Riverfront offers a variety of family support services to help build strong, stable families, including evening parent training on topics like child development, employment skills, nutrition and health.
  15. Riverfront benefits from more than 1000 hours of volunteer power each year. 
  16. Our Children’s Learning Garden received a Youth Garden Award from the National Gardening Association for incorporating our garden into the curriculum. One of only 10 in the whole country!
  17. We host an on-site Family Resource Center providing free children’s clothing, a Diaper Bank with free diapers, and a Food Pantry for short-term food emergencies.
  18. Riverfront is a recipient of food Gemma Moran Food Bank.
  19. Riverfront has a Parent Teacher Organization and Parent Advisory Group.
  20. All of Riverfront’s classrooms have degreed teachers.
  21. Riverfront has a conference room available for use by community organizations, with a kitchenette, which was donated by the Groton Rotary.
  22. Riverfront represents a very diverse community.
  23. Riverfront has a waiting list of over 100 children at most times in the year.
  24. Riverfront is funded by multiple sources, including parent fees, private grants and donors, state grants, and Care-4-Kids program. Riverfront recently established an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Eastern CT.
  25. Riverfront has an annual membership group of Donors named the C-52’s which stands for individuals supporting Children 52 weeks a year.
  26. Riverfront staff and parents volunteer and support the community in varying roles through participating in work groups, activity fairs, education committees, collaborations, and business committees that promote the well-being of our entire region.
  27. Riverfront supports the local economy by employing 26 individuals directly, and caring for the children of 85 families who in turn can work for a variety of employers in our region.
  28. Before Riverfront moved into our 476 Thames Street buildings, they previously housed the Groton Savings Bank, the YWCA, a convalescent home and a bakery! The property itself was once a quarry. We are currently in a capital campaign for a new building.
  29. Riverfront is a member of the Mystic Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of SECT.
  30. Riverfront is a United Way Partner Agency.