Preschool & Child Care Center
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Our staff is loving, experienced and dedicated to providing the best care for the children. All of our staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid, Epi-Pen and Medications.  All staff participate in ongoing training and continuing education throughout the year in many Early Childhood topics.

Our goal from the moment you step into our front entrance and sign in your child is to help your child grow here.  We take great pride in the fact that you have entrusted your children to us for over 40 years.

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About Us


Creative Learning Preschool & Child Care Center is a privately owned company formed to provide reliable, educational and quality child care that will benefit the child, the parent and the community.

Beginning at birth, children have the opportunity to engage in and respond to “special moments” with supportive and nurturing caregivers.  Our qualified staff is dedicated to providing social, academic and emotional support to children of all abilities, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, and family structure.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for meaningful play that is based on the child’s individual needs, interests, abilities and that will build important foundations for future social relationships and academic pursuit. 

Our commitment to our families is evident in all that we do.  For our children, we provide a safe, warm, fun environment for them to learn and grow.  For our parents we foster mutual respect, patience and clear, honest communication. 


Creative Learning Preschool and Childcare Center was originally called Tiny Tots, and was formed in 1969.  It was a program run by the YWCA of the Hartford Region, Inc. through their West Hartford office at the Young Center.  It was basically an Arts and Crafts program with mothers joining for exercises.  The next year it went from two to three days per week.  Mothers started to help and exercises were dropped.  Each year the program grew and developed under the guidance of Barbara Swanson.  In 1975, the school became licensed by the State of Connecticut and the name of the school became the YWCA Creative Learning Preschool.  Barbara became Director/Teacher and was on the professional staff of the YWCA.  With the closing of the YWCA branch in Simsbury, Barbara ran the preschool independently.

In January of 1979, the preschool was relicensed and renamed Creative Learning Preschool of Granby, Inc.  The preschool relocated to the South Congregational Church in the Parish House.  In 1994, Creative Learning Preschool was accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.  In 2003, Creative Learning Preschool moved to our current location and purchased Church Corner. With the additional space Creative Learning Preschool became Creative Learning Preschool and Childcare Center. 

June 8th, 2007, Barbara Swanson retired and her son Jeff Swanson became the new owner.  We are very excited to continue our long history of offering a second home to the children of Granby and its surrounding towns for many years to come.  


​Creative Learning Preschool and Child Care Center operates year round.  We close for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Labor Day
  • Good Friday
  • Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Memorial Day  Christmas Eve/Day
  • Fourth of July

In the event that one of the holidays falls on a Saturday, the Center will be closed the preceding Friday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the Center will be closed on Monday. We will also close one day before the start of the school year for teacher preparation days.  Please see the school calendar for exact dates. 

Year Round
6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.​

Who We Are

Jeff Swanson, Owner:
Morgan Leamy, Director:
Melissa Cooke, Head Teacher:

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