Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School photo8204 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 585-7272
admissions@tpcns.org
takomacooperativeschool.org

  • 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
  • Secular curriculum

Founded in 1942, Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School (The Cooperative School), is a nursery school for children ages 2-5. At The Cooperative 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 Cooperative 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 4 Spaces for Learning: Classroom, Project Center, Imagination Station, and Outdoor Play Space. Arts-based, play-based, and nature-infused activities presented in the different spaces support literacy and language development, fine and gross motor development, as well as learning in the sciences, math, and social studies. 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.

Class schedule:

2s/3s Thursday and Friday 9:00-11:30
3s/4s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30-11:30
4s/5s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00-3:00

Enrichment offerings: Music, physical arts, campfires, forest/stream trips, neighborhood exploration, and field trips to museums & parks are embedded into the curriculum.

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by September 1, 2018 to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year

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