Child's World Academy to Replace Former Stratfield Market Location

The long vacant lot will now become a child care center


Fairfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission gave unanimous approval to plans proposed by Childs World Academy — a day care center — wanting to open in Fairfield. Most neighbors concur with positive reviews.

The site, former home to Stratfield Market (grocery store), has been vacant for seven and a half years. Most recently, neighbors waged a successful battle against a Walgreen Pharmacy proposal, taking it all the way to Connecticut’s highest court. They also lobbied in support of zoning regulation changes that will limit what is allowed in a designated neighborhood business district.

In a community’s mixed bag of opinions, most are in favor of the day care center, whose plans are to completely renovate the existing structure both inside and outside without adding any additions. They hope to open in the fall of this year.

Community Concerns: Traffic at the congested intersection of Stratfield Road (Route 59) and Fairfield Woods Road is a main concern. Nearby Stratfield School is a contributing factor. Some raised concerns that it is a dangerous intersection and would attract clients from neighboring towns.

Community Positives: The site would no longer be vacant — creating blight complaints and affecting property values. A day care center is needed in the town and this will be a great improvement to the existing structure.

Child’s World Academy: The organization, which boasts ‘exploring the world through knowledge, socialization and discovery’ currently owns and operates three other centers in Trumbull, Monroe and Peekskill, NY. Owners Ken and Pat Johnsson promise, ‘At Childs World Academy we provide the best in both warm care and education for the children of working professionals.'

Mission: To provide each child with the education and social experience they need to develop into the promising leaders of tomorrow. These state of the art centers provide care to children from 6 weeks of age to 12 years of age.

The center has a capacity of 150 children along with 25 staff members and would be open from 6:30am to 6:30pm each day — with a possibility of offering a summer camp. The day care is open year round.

Parents would enter this site — 1280 Stratfield Road — from Stratfield Road and exit onto either New Street or Fairfield Woods Road. The main entrance would face Fairfield Woods Road.

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