Play is the work of young children. Preschoolers learn best and construct their own understanding of the world around them through active involvement with materials, peers, and adults. Through play, they discover, create, interact socially, and learn to become critical, independent thinkers. Using developmentally appropriate practice, we provide tools and offer experiences that build broad foundations for learning in language and literature, math, science, social studies, physical and health education, and creative arts. Each child learns at his or her own pace, and has individual strengths, interests, needs and learning styles. Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which each child can grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and creatively.
As a cooperative preschool, we believe that the most effective education results from a partnership between parents and teachers. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children and are the experts on their children’s development. Parents and teachers work together in partnership to address the needs and holistic growth of each child so that learning is supported in the home and at school.
In 1968, after completing a feasibility study, a small planning group of church parishioners with the Rector decided to form a cooperative nursery school. This steering committee sketched out the original policies of the school. They envisioned it to be a parent cooperative for 4- and 5-year-olds and would include children from a neighboring city. The vestry agreed to subsidize several scholarships to ensure this diversity. In September of 1968, 24 4-year-olds, eight of whom were transported up from Lynn, came to school. Thus began the longest surviving cooperative nursery school on the North Shore. The goals of the school as they were laid out then, remain virtually the same today with strong parent involvement and a dedicated staff.