Kensington Nursery School

3202 Decatur Ave., Kensington, MD 20895 | | 301-887-3367

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day with full- or part-time schedule, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options  
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based
  • Secular

Profile: Kensington Nursery School is dedicated to providing a nurturing and enriching environment for preschool children, ages 2–4 years, 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. Teachers, parents, and children alike benefit from the exchange of ideas inherent in the cooperative structure.

Class offerings:

  • 2-year-olds (morning): T/Th, 9–11:30 a.m.
  • 2- and 3-year-olds (afternoon): T/Th, 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • 3-year-olds (morning): M/W/F, 9–11:30 a.m. with extended day option until 2 p.m.
  • 3- and 4-year-olds (afternoon): M–Th, 12–2:30 p.m.
  • 4-year-olds (morning): M–F, 9–11:30 a.m. with M/W/F extended day option until 2 p.m.

Note: Information for the 2021–2022 school year was not yet finalized as of Feb. 7, 2021. Please contact the school to confirm its offerings.

COVID-19 precautions: The school follows MCPS guidelines concerning health and safety and has been 100 percent virtual since spring 2020. Should in-person classes resume in fall 2021, we will continue to follow county guidelines for mask wearing, hand hygiene, physical distancing, and restrict mixing between groups.

Enrichment activities: Parent Education Programs (PEP) scheduled throughout the year and a variety of school community activities

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Openings for 2021–2022: Yes

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

Due date for enrollment applications: End of February, with late enrollment and waitlist options

Admissions forms:

Last updated: Feb. 7, 2021

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