Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School

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5033 Wilson Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814 | | 301-654-1864

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day, early drop-off, and afternoon enrichment after half-day program
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play-based, parent-participatory nursery school
  • Secular

Profile: The Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School (BCNS) is a play-based, parent-participatory nursery school where parents, on a regularly scheduled basis, interact with their children in a group under the guidance of a teacher. The classroom becomes a learning environment for both parent and child. Parents are able to learn about child development while participating in classroom activities.

BCNS was established in 1965 as a non-profit, non-sectarian organization by the Church in Bethesda (previously known as Bethesda First Baptist Church) as a ministry to the community. The church provides physical facilities, custodial services, utilities, office support, fire and liability insurance, and general oversight.

The nursery school is licensed by Montgomery County Department of Health and is accredited by the Maryland State Board of Education. BCNS is also a member of the Maryland Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (MCPPNS).

Class offerings:

  • Young 2-year-olds: T/Th 9:15–11:45 a.m.
  • Older 2-year-olds: M/W/F 9:15–11:45 a.m.
  • 3-year-olds: M/T/W/Th 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 4-year-olds: M–F 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Enrichment offerings: Weekly Music Together and Jump classes. After-school enrichment programs M–Th, including construction, soccer, drama, and science.

Openings this school year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must be age of class by Sept. 1

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