Kensington Cooperative Nursery School


3202 Decatur Ave, Kensington, MD 20895 | | 301-933-0041

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Part time with option for afternoon enrichment 
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based and includes developmentally appropriate and thematically based activities
  • Secular

Profile: Founded in 1939, KCNS was the first cooperative nursery school in the Washington metropolitan area. KCNS is dedicated to providing a nurturing and enriching environment for preschool children and their families. Play is the major activity through which children develop social skills; work out difficulties; and exercise their physical, sensory, emotional, and cognitive abilities. We accept each child as a person, encouraging individual strengths and fostering a positive self-image.

Daily experiences are structured to broaden the child’s understanding of the world. The wide variety of materials is used selectively to give children many opportunities for exploration. The atmosphere of the classroom encourages freedom of expression, while respecting the rights and feelings of others. Specially trained teachers guide a thematically based program and work with cooperating parents to ensure that each child is attended to as part of a group and as an individual. Children are able to expand their appreciation of their community, the environment, and the natural world.

Parent perspective is broadened through participation in the classroom and the Parent Education Program. Skills and insights learned at school can be used at home. Children value parents’ participation, and they begin to learn the meaning of community involvement.

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Class offerings:

  • AM 2-year-olds: T/Th, 9:00–11:30 a.m.
  • Lunchtime 2- and 3-year-olds: T/Th, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • AM 3-year-olds: M/W/F 9:00–11:30 a.m.*
  • AM 4-year-olds: M–F, 9:00–11:30 a.m.*
  • PM 3- and 4-year-olds: M/T/W/Th, 12:00–2:30 p.m.

* Extended day offered for AM 3s and AM 4s, M/W/F, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Child must be 2 years old by Sept. 1

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