Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

8204 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
admissions@tpcns.org | www.takomacooperativeschool.org | 301-585-7272

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Project-based approaches of Lilian Katz and Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia); Vygotsky’s philosophy of developmental scaffolding; arts-based, play-based, nature-infused, outdoor program
  • Secular

Profile: Founded in 1942, Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School is a nursery school for children ages 2–5 years. At the school, informed, committed parents work, or co-op, in their child’s classroom alongside professionally trained, dedicated teachers. Our community is strengthened through monthly membership meetings and periodic training sessions, and parents assume administrative roles essential to the school’s operation.

The school presents a distinctive, research-supported early childhood curriculum. Teachers and co-oping parents draw out children’s unique interests while supporting exploration and learning through visual arts, music, movement, and dramatic play.

Our environment is integral to our educational philosophy. There are four spaces for learning: classroom, project center, imagination station, and outdoor play space. We play outside every day—in all weather. Arts-based, play-based, and nature-infused activities presented in the different spaces support literacy and language development; fine and gross motor development; and science, math, and social studies learning. More importantly, the environment and exploration afforded by each space support the children’s social and emotional development. Through the careful planning of the environment and the materials offered, the school closely mirrors the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education and its stance of environment serving as the third teacher.

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School photo

Class schedule:

  • 2–3-year-olds: Th/F, 9–11:30 a.m.
  • 3–4-year-olds: M–W, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
  • 4–5-year-olds: M–F, 12–3 p.m.

Note: Information for the 2021–2022 school year was not yet finalized as of Nov. 5, 2020. Please contact the school to confirm its offerings.

Enrichment offerings: Music, physical arts, campfires, forest and stream trips, neighborhood exploration, and field trips to museums and parks—all embedded into the curriculum; as well as a monthly coffee chat session open to the public, covering topics in early childhood education

Openings for 2020–2021: Please inquire

Openings for 2021–2022: Yes

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

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

Admissions documents:

Last updated: Nov. 5, 2020

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