Sterling House is a multi-service community center located in the heart of Stratford, Connecticut. Since its opening, Sterling House has been a mecca for young and old. It is dedicated to serving all ages from the toddler to the senior adult, and provides affordable social, educational and recreational activities which assist them in their positive and healthy development.

Sterling House
2283 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: (203) 378-2606

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Play Matters Essay Contest October 19th, 2014


Play Matters! Sterling House is holding a children’s Essay Contest that is linked with the new KaBoom playground that will be built on November 14. The essay should answer “At the playground, I like to…” The contest is open to children in 1st – 6th grades. All entries must be received no later than Monday, November 3. Winners will be contacted Friday, November 7th and will receive an active, play-based prize and will help with the new playground’s ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:30 PM on November 14th. One winner will be selected from the 1st-3rd entries and one winner will be selected from the 4th-6th grade entries. Please Click Here TODAY! for more details.

Some Sterling House Fall Programs Still Open for Registration September 17th, 2014

Stratford, CT- September 10, 2014-There is so much happening inside this house! Registration is still open for some of the Fall Programs at Sterling House. To register for any of these programs, call (203) 378-2606.

Positive Youth Development:
Youth Art Class: for ages 6-12. Five week session begins Saturday, September 27. Beginners 9:00-10:30AM, advanced 10:45AM-12:15PM, teens aged 13-19 12:45PM-2:45PM. Fee $55*.

Cartooning Class for Youth: for grades 1-6. Six week session begins September 27. Saturdays, 10:30-11:30AM. Fee $50*.

Karate Class: beginner & advanced, youth & adults. Monday & Wednesday 7:30PM-9:00PM begins September 3. Saturdays 10:00AM-11:30AM begins September 6. Fee is based on coupon book system. Purchase classes for $30, $60, $80 or $120*.

Ninja Kids Karate Class: for youth ages 3-10. Saturdays from 9:00AM-10:00AM begins September 6. Fee is based on coupon book system. Purchase classes for $30, $60, $80 or $120*.

Children’s Yoga Program: for ages 5-9. Six week session begins September 23. Tuesdays 4:00-4:45PM. Fee is $60*.

Red Cross Babysitting Class: for ages 11-15. Saturday, October 25, 9:30AM-4:30PM. Fee is $100*, bring lunch and a beverage.

Contemporary Modern Dance for Youth: for ages 8-10. Six week session begins September 17. Wednesdays 6:00-7:00PM. Fee is $60*.

College/Career Expo Experience: Thursday, October 16, 5:00-6:00PM.College representative panel 6:00-6:30PM. Stratford Library college resource presentation 6:30-8:00PM. Expo with over 30 college, vocational, and armed services representatives will be on hand. Expo will be held in the Stratford High School auditorium and cafeteria. FREE

Rent-a-Kid Program: for middle school and high school students who want an opportunity to earn money and assist Stratford residents with doing odd jobs. Call 203.378.2606 for more information.

Smart Buddies Peer Tutoring Program: High School students are needed to tutor 1st-3rd graders. For more information contact Pam Robertson at 203.378.2606 x359 or e-mail

Youth in the Community Program: For youth ages 13-18 who would like to volunteer. Contact Bob Wargo at 203-378-2606 x113 or e-mail

S.T.R.O.B.E. Volunteer Youth Group: meets Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM starting October 9th. The group socializes and plans community service activities. Contact Pam Robertson 203.378.2606 x359 or e-mail

Athletic Programs:

Basketball League: for boys in grades 2-8. Registration begins September 15. Practice during December, league play begins January 2015. Fee is $105*.
Indoor Instructional Basketball: for boys and girls in grades K-2. Saturdays for 6 weeks. Registration begins September 15. Fee is $75*.

High School Basketball League: for boys in grades 9-12. Registration begins September 15. Practice during December, league play begins January 2015. Fee is $105*.

Golf Lessons: for youth aged 7 and up and adults. Sundays, youth 5:00-6:00PM, adults 6:15-7:15PM at Sports Center of CT in Shelton. Call 203.378.2606 for more details. Fee is $95* for youth, $100* for adults.

Lacrosse League: for boys and girls grades 4-8. Registration begins October 6. Play begins in spring 2015 with separate teams for boys and girls. Fee is $200*. US Lacrosse membership is also required. Visit

Bantam Learn to Play Lacrosse: for boys and girls in grades 2 & 3. Registration begins October 6. Fee is $100*.

Learn to Play Lacrosse: for boys and girls in grades K & 1. Registration begins October 6. Fee is $50*.

Adult Programs:

Creative Writing: Wednesdays from 10:00AM-11:30AM. For six weeks beginning October 15. Session two begins December 3. For both fiction and non-fiction writers at any level. Fee is $65*.

Freezer Meal Workshop: Save time. Save money. 1 night workshop- go home with 7 nights of meals. Wednesday, October 1 (registration deadline Sept. 21), Wednesday, October 22 (registration deadline Oct. 12), Wednesday, November 5 (registration deadline Oct. 26), Wednesday, November 12 (registration deadline Nov. 2), Wednesday, December 3 (registration deadline Nov. 23). Fee is $80*

Books Worth Discussing: first Monday of each month. Begins September 8, 7:00PM. No fee, Sterling House membership required.

Adult Yoga Class: Mondays from 6:00-7:15PM for 10 weeks starting September 15th. Fee is $110* or $12/class drop-in fee.

Youth & Adult Piano Lessons: Private lessons. Call 203.378.2606 for information.

Adult Karate Class: Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30-9:00PM, Saturdays 10:00-11:30AM. Begins September 3rd. Fee is based on a coupon book system and can be purchased for $30, $60, $80 or $120*.

Rug Hooking Class: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30PM for 6 weeks beginning September 16th. Fee is $65*.

Scrapbooking: Saturday, 4PM-Midnight, October 25, November 8, & December 6. Fee is $25*. Contact Donna Kelly for more information 203.378.2606 x102 or e-mail

Red Cross Pet First Aid Class-Cats & Dogs: Saturday, November 8th 9:30AM-1:00PM. Fee is $75*.

“Grab ‘n Go for Peace of Mind”: a workshop by Professional Organizer Anita Taylor. Wednesday, Sept 24th 7:00-8:00PM. Fee is $15*.

“Clutter Clutter Everywhere- Organize your House and Office”: a workshop by professional organizer Anita Taylor. Wednesday, October 8th (organize your office), or Wednesday, November 12th (organize your house) 7:00-8:00PM. Fee is $15*.
St. Vincent’s Mammography Screening: Wednesday, November 19th 10:00AM-2:00PM. For more information call 203.378.2606 x110.

College Advisors of CT: Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30PM. Free, advanced registration required.

Child Development Class: On-going training for working with children and obtaining a CDA. Contact Priscilla Choquette,
*Sterling House membership is required for most programs. Visit the Sterling House Web site or call 203.378.2606 for more information.

Sterling House is a multi-service community center located in the heart of Stratford, CT. Sterling House services more than 13,000 children, teenagers and adults per year by providing child development services, community services, positive youth development services and adult programs to the residents of Stratford and the Greater Bridgeport area. The mission of Sterling House is to foster the physical, social, emotional, artistic and intellectual growth of the communities we serve.

Press Contact: Jeanette Sten
Communications Coordinator
2283 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
(203)378-2606 x111
Cell: (917)751-3552

Flea Market/Tag Sale September 17th, 2014

On the Sterling House Community Center’s Front Lawn

Saturday September 27, 2014 – 9am – 2pm
(Rain: we go indoors!)
Face Painting – Bake Sale –
Food – Chips – Water

You may buy your own table in the Fair. Pick up the space application from the Sterling House front desk office.

Sterling House Preschool – 2283 Main Street – Stratford, CT 06615 – 203/378-2606 x100 –

Sterling House to Build Brand-New State-of-the-Art Playground with MetLife Foundation, Barnum Financial Group and KaBOOM! September 2nd, 2014

Sterling House Community Center is thrilled to announce that a brand-new, kid-designed playground will be built on Sterling House grounds on November 14, 2014 in partnership with MetLife Foundation, Barnum Financial Group and KaBOOM!.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is critical to healthy brain development. It allows children to use their creativity while simultaneously developing imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Yet today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation. In building this playground together, more than more than 5,000 kids in Stratford will have access to a new play space where they can learn, play and thrive.

The 8-10 week playground project kicked off with a Design Day event last week at Sterling House that gathered children and families in the community to participate in the planning process. Children put crayons to paper and drew up their dream playground and adults held their first meeting to determine how best to create and catalyze the new play space so kids can get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. Elements of their drawings will be incorporated into the final playground design that will be built on Saturday, November 14.

“We are so very excited that finally we will be working with MetLife Foundation, Barnum Financial Group and KaBOOM! to construct a new playground for Sterling House programs and the children and families of our community,” says Lou Perno, executive director of Sterling House. “We are seeking members of the community to volunteer to help design and build the playground on November 14. It will be a fun day and a wonderful project for Stratford families to get involved in.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Diane Sheridan, Director of Community Development at 203.378.2606 x105, or Amy Wiltsie, co-chair of the planning committee at

Sterling Down and Dirty 5K May 20th, 2014

Join the fun at Stratford’s first “Challenging Obstacle 5K Mud Run” on Saturday October 4, 2014
at Short Beach.

Get all the “dirty details” here.
Register your team early and save!

Sterling House Preschool Has Openings for 2014 May 2nd, 2014

The Sterling House NAEYC Accredited and State Licensed Pre-school has limited openings for the September 2014 school year. The program, which has been operating for 82 years, provides a social-educational program for 3-5 year olds. The goal of the Pre-School is to have all children become self-confident in school with people and materials, to become aware and curious of their environment and to develop a love of learning that will sustain them throughout their educational experiences. Openings are available for Morning, Full Day and Extended sessions.

For more information contact Priscilla Choquette, Director of the Child Development Programs, at 203-378-2606, Ext. 112 or For tuition information contact Donna Kelly, Office Manager, at Ext. 102 or

Open Your Heart for Sterling House February 18th, 2014

Sterling House’s greatest asset and eventual legacy lies not in the programs that the general public sees, but rather in the quite acts of support and kindness given by individuals and families caught in the crossroads of life……
I have never seen a community more supportive than the one I live in. Stratford is a great place to live and work. The people in this town constantly amaze me with their willingness to give to those in need.

Not a day goes by at Sterling House when I’m not holding the door for a ”friend of Sterling House,” who is dropping off food for the Resource Connection Program/Food Pantry, or I’m saying hello to a volunteer who is coming to work in our Resource Connection program/Food Pantry.

There are many advantages to giving; the greatest gift of donating is the sense of pride knowing you are helping others. Non- profits rely more than ever on community support to help assist with the daily needs of organizations, be it monetary donations, products, services, or volunteer time. We welcome donations from all sources such as schools, church groups, businesses, individuals and families.

We ask you to open your hearts this Valentine’s Day and consider giving a donation to help Sterling House Community Center. Please share the list below with family and friends and neighbors.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Please contact me if you have any question -203-378-2606 Ext 105;
Diane Sheridan, Director of Community Development

The following items are needed at Sterling House:
Resource Program/Food Pantry
Pampers- size 3-6
Pet food
Small set of lockers
Sink / and installation
Pre- School
4 red wagons
Arts Program
Gift Cards for Art show dedicated to the Armed Forces and to recognize the talents of youth and adults
Framing Services
Food/Refreshments for Art Show

Youth Sports Program
Commercial size ice maker for spring and fall youth soccer
Glass Display case 4 to 6 feet wide, 5 to 6 feet high – with or without wheels
Youth Summer Camp
2 DVD- players
300 Vinyl drawstring backpacks
Sterling House/maintenance
Security System / and installation
6 Foot step ladder
High Speed floor machine
Steam carpet shampooer
Shop Vac
Development Department
Volunteers for events
Gift Certificates/Services, etc. for auction items
Printing Services

Ashcroft, Inc. Supports Sterling House January 28th, 2014

Employees of the Stratford facility of Ashcroft, Inc. recently put together a Cookbook called “Ashcroft Gourmets: Cooking Under Pressure” with a collection of employees’ favorite recipes. The cookbook is being sold for $10 with all proceeds going to Sterling House to support the Sterling Park Day Camp Scholarship fund. A check for $1,970 was recently presented to Lou Perno, Executive Director of Sterling House. “We truly appreciate all the support we receive from Ashcroft especially through their recent cookbook project as well as supporting our annual Toy Drive. We are grateful to all their assistance”, comments Lou Perno. The cookbook is currently for sale at Sterling House. In photo, Lou Perno is presented with a check from Jeanette Guggenheim, Executive Assistant of Operations at Ashcroft with members of her Cookbook Committee. THANK YOU ASHCROFT, INC. FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

2nd Annual President’s Volunteer Service Awards Recognition Event October 30th, 2013

youth awards

Congratulations to our youth volunteers who were recognized at the 2nd Annual President’s Volunteer Service Awards Recognition Event on Saturday, October 26.  19 students were recognized for contributing 100 hours or more of volunteer service to Sterling House from September 2012 to August 2013.  Back Row (L to R): Arda Yilmaz, Alasdair Gilbert, Dan Slosser, Will Alberti, Aubrey Lowe, Megan Peterlin, Emily Winter.  Front Row (L to R): Emma Bromley, Marina Kydes, Elyse Velky, Erica Velky, Carly Horch, Megan White, Kaya Wells, Nychelle Mackie.  Not pictured: Josh Brown, Drew Damiano, Lauren Holt, Dominic Parrella.

Sterling House Athletics May 7th, 2013

Sterling House offers a variety of athletic activities for youth and adults throughout the year. Learn more about the activities, schedules, etc. by going to the Sterling House Quickscore Site.