Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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
  • 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 4 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, 9:00–11:30 a.m.
  • 3–4-year-olds: M–W, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
  • 4–5-year-olds: M–F, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

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 to the public, covering topics in early childhood education, for adults only

Openings for 2019–2020: Yes, openings in the 3–4-year-old class are available

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by Sept. 1

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

Last updated: Sept. 16, 2019

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