Mary Taylor has no doubts about whether her son enjoys daycare. \u201cThe first day Cal screamed and cried and didn\u2019t want to leave me,\u201d Taylor said of her three-year-old son, Callum. \u201cNow, he asks every day if we\u2019re going to school.\u201dTaylor, a Trumbull resident, has two kids enrolled at Strong Start Early Care & Education \u2014 Callum and her one-year-old, Adelaide. After returning to work part time, Taylor wanted to find a quality daycare program that would also serve as a preschool.And what she found was Trumbull\u2019s newest independent program for young children, a place that\u2019s earned Cal\u2019s enthusiastic approval. Cal said his favorite activities are playing with friends and visiting the outdoor playground, which boasts a springy rubber surface popular with the kids \u2014 something most adults would probably enjoy, too.Strong Start \u2014 which quietly opened in April and is enrolling kids for its new year beginning Aug. 31 \u2014 doesn\u2019t bill itself as just a daycare or preschool, but rather an early childhood education program. It follows state guidelines so that kids can enter kindergarten prepared to continue with the state\u2019s curriculum, according to Marc Hoffman, its founder and educational director.That\u2019s what sets Strong Start apart from other programs for young children, Hoffman explained.Hoffman understands that people will inevitably call it a daycare, but he chafes at the comparison. Strong Start provides more than stacking building blocks.Young investigatorsThe facility adheres to \u201cinquiry-based learning,\u201d he said, meaning that kids are learning how to ask questions and investigate. He stresses, though, that all activities are age-appropriate and tailored to each child\u2019s needs.\u201cI really wanted a learning environment that would have benefited me at this age,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s no one way to learn, and the desire to learn has to come from within.\u201dRoom for growthStrong Start caters to children ages six weeks to 4 or 5 years, depending on when they enter kindergarten. It already has 50 kids enrolled for the upcoming school year.And there\u2019s plenty of room for more. Strong Start occupies a spacious, 12,000-square-foot facility at 56 Quarry Road that still has that new building smell. It boasts a 1,000-square-foot indoor gym, several playrooms and, of course, Cal\u2019s bouncy outdoor playground. The facility\u2019s kitchen is also licensed to allow cooking classes geared to its mini chefs-in-training.Last week, Strong Start made it official with a ribbon cutting and gathering for its supporters. First Selectman Tim Herbst was there, and called Strong Start \u201cone of the nicest new facilities we\u2019ve seen in town, and we have a lot of new construction.\u201d Cal served as honorary ribbon-cutter and spokesman.Parents may attend an open house at Strong Start this Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 to 3, or visit astrongstart.com for more information.