The Beginning

The Learning Center at Piper's Hill was founded in 1970 as a hotel and camp for children.  It was a unique environment for its time since it provided overnight and weekend care for family emergencies and business travel.  The original site was a leased ten-acre location that gave the children the opportunity to explore nature.  

As the Stamford population expanded the need for Early Childhood and Afterschool care became quite apparent.  By 1990 Piper's Hill had evolved into a full time Childcare Center that provided care for Infants through Preschool and an Afterschool program for school age children.  

In 2003 Piper's Hill  re-located to 17 Roxbury Road and were able to help meet the city's childcare needs by expanding from 108 to 160 children.  As a non-profit Childcare Center we remain committed to the children of Stamford and the surrounding communities.   

Currently, The Learning Center at Piper's Hill is a non-profit organization that is licensed by the State of Connecticut.  We are licensed for 138 children ranging in age from Six weeks to Five years. Our primary goal is to provide holistic meaningful learning for all children. Our teachers are committed to providing learning experiences that will support each child in developing necessary skills that will ensure success in Kindergarten and beyond.  We look forward to meeting you!

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"We chose Piper's Hill after an extensive search in the Fairfield County area.  It wasn't a hard decision as the school is beautiful and was designed  with lots of natural lighting in the classrooms.  The teachers are helpful in not only being his second family, but preparing him for kindgarten."  

- Current Parent at Piper's Hill 


Jennifer Pennucci, M.Ed. ~ Director

Jennifer joined TLCPH as the director in 2017 and came with over 20 years of experience in the field of ECE.  As a leader and a professional, she strives for quality and excellence.  She has focused her career on shaping programs, mentoring teachers and providing quality learning experiences for children.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University and later earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College.

Jennifer is married with three children and resides in South Kent, CT.  As a family they enjoy spending time playing sports, traveling and being outdoors.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys shopping, reading, cooking and exploring new places.

Meghan Andronaco ~ Assistant Director

Meghan joined the administrative staff at Piper’s Hill in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Sacred Heart University and has completed graduate level coursework in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has also taken the Early Childhood Pathways Exams which include topics such as Early Language and Literacy and Early Childhood Evaluation and Assessment. She has 10 years of experience as a CT Certified Head Teacher and has also trained both full and part time staff. She has a passion for orienting staff and families to programs so that they are confident and comfortable.

Meghan lives in Stamford and is a native Connecticut resident. She enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé and her cat Boba. She enjoys going to concerts, Broadway shows and taking any opportunity to travel.

Debbie DeMasi​ ~ Administrative Assistant

Debbie started at The Learning Center at Piper's Hill in 1989 as a teacher and has been our Administrative Assistant since 2000.

Born in Rhode Island, she moved to Stamford and has two children – both whom graduated from Piper's Hill and are now active adults in the community. When Debbie is not at the center, she enjoys cooking, crafts and decorating (all of which Piper’s Hill benefits from). 

Kristin Lafferty ~ Education Coordinator

Kristin joined TLCPH as the Education Coordinator in early 2018.  She has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2003, working as a teacher, assistant director, and director.  She received her Associate’s degree in ECE from Norwalk Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Studies with a concentration in ECE from Charter Oak State College.  Kristin has focused her career on providing quality care and education for all children.  She finds joy in watching children learn and grow and strives to provide a learning environment that is welcoming and supportive to all children and their interests.  In her free time Kristin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, hiking, and just being outdoors.