Concord-St. Andrew's Cooperative Nursery School
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Concord-St. Andrew's Cooperative Nursery School provides half-day nursery school classes for two-, three-, and four-year old children. The main educational philosophy underlying our program is learning through play. Our program emphasizes holistic or total development of the individual child, promoting physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skills.

We also provide after-school Lunch Bunch programs for three- and four-year-old children and Sibling Sitting programs for young siblings of our co-oping parents. Summer camp is available for students and open to the community when spaces are available.

In addition to programs for children, our Parent Association offers ongoing programs and support for parents of our students, such as Parent Education nights and Parent Coffees. There are also many social and fund-raising events for families.
Play is the work of children and the basis for our developmentally focused curriculum. The curriculum in each classroom is rooted in the developmental needs and milestones of that particular age group, while maintaining a focus on each child's unique needs and individual growth. All of our teachers use a thematic approach for instruction and emphasize holistic development, promoting physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skills.

Within each classroom, activities include large and small group time with stories and songs, crafts, dramatic play, opportunities to play with manipulatives, blocks, and free play. The children also spend time in our Wood and Water Room, where they pursue artistic endeavors painting at easels, using the workbench, creating open-ended art projects, and playing with water and sand. The Big Muscle Room is used on rainy days and on extremely cold days, and allows children the opportunity for fun and safe physical activity, regardless of the weather.

Weekly music and science classes are also part of the curriculum for all three- and four-year-old classes. The three- and four-year-old classes also take field trips to enrich their learning and exposure to related curriculum themes.

Class Age Classes per week Traditional Co-oping frequency Half-Co-option frequency Student/
teacher ratio
Class size
Bluebird Two by Sept. 1 Two
(Tue, Thu)
Once every six weeks N/A 4:1 12
Giraffe Three by Dec. 31 Three
(M, W, F)
Once every two weeks Once every four weeks 4:1 12
Butterfly Three by Sept. 1 Three
(M,W,F)
Once every two weeks Once every four weeks 4:1 12
Duckling Three by July 1 Five
(Mon-Fri)
Twice every three weeks Once every three weeks 4:1 12
Honeybee Four by Sept. 1 Five
(Mon-Fri)
Twice every three weeks Once every three weeks 5:1 15


The Twos The two-year-old curriculum begins with a strong focus on separation, as children and parents learn to separate from each other for several hours a day. As the year progresses, teachers gear classroom routines and student learning around communication and language (expressive and receptive) development, gross motor development, and learning to make choices. Teachers emphasize routine while encouraging parallel play and exploration in these classrooms.

The Threes The three-year-old curriculum is focused on a child's growing need for personal identity, while also building the cooperation skills needed to get along with others. Motor and language development continue to serve as the foundation for many classroom activities, with an emphasis on supporting expressive communication skills and using words to meet one's needs. Teachers work to help children achieve basic independence along with self-sufficiency in daily classroom routines.

The Fours The four-year-old curriculum focuses on fostering independence and interpersonal skills, as well as on language and fine motor development. Teachers focus on self-expression through art and speaking, as well as non-verbal expression and behavior. Boundary setting, following rules and procedures, and general kindergarten readiness are emphasized in these classrooms, as children explore the themes of family, community, and the world around them.
Some of the best socializing happens over lunch! Our Lunch Bunch programs are great opportunities for children to extend their interactions with their schoolmates over lunch while enjoying additional themed activities with their teachers.
  • Offered after school for children in three- and four-year-olds classes, from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
  • Children are required to bring peanut- and nut-free lunches.
  • Some Lunch Bunches require parents to co-op one time per session, and others do not require co-oping.
  • Past Lunch Bunch offerings have included Art, Science, Let's Move!, Magic School Bus, Language, Create Dramatics, and more!
  • The teachers for Lunch Bunches are our nursery school teachers.
  • Fees for the Lunch Bunches vary from $135 to $190 for a 12-week semester.
Copies of Application Forms for lunch bunch programs are available for download.


While you are co-oping in your child's classroom, who will take care of your younger child? Sibling Sitting* was created for this very predicament. The Sibling Sitting Room is located in the preschool. It is available three days per week for younger children of our cooping parents. One able and loving childcare provider watches over younger siblings on the days that Sibling Sitting is offered. Children in Sibling Sitting play with age-appropriate toys, take naps and play in the Big Muscle Room.

Registration for Sibling Sitting occurs over the summer.

* additional free



Classes and Extracurriculars

Two and three year old classes have 12 children per class and a 4:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Four year old classes have 15 children per class and a 5:1 Student/Teacher ratio.

Within each classroom, thematic inspired activities include large and small group time with stories and songs, crafts, dramatic play, opportunities to play with manipulatives, blocks, and free play.

Classes for two-, three-, and four-year-old children meet from 9:30 to noon. To extend the school day, students can attend Early Morning Drop-off, offered daily from 8:45 to 9:30, and a variety of Lunch Bunch programs which end at 1:15.

Big Muscle Room An indoor play gym with climbing toys, balls and interactive wall panels. Here classes can focus on gross motor development skills like jumping and balance. Often used on rainy and extremely cold days, this room allows children the opportunity for fun and safe physical activity, regardless of the weather.

Paint and Play Room A creative space where children can pursue artistic endeavors such as painting at easels, building at a workbench, creating open-ended art projects, and playing with water and sand.

Enrichment Classes Weekly Music and Science classes are part of the curriculum in our three- and four-year-old classes. Jump Bunch is a creative movement fitness class, for all ages, during the winter months.

Lunch Bunch After school programs for three- and four-year-olds with a wide range of topics such as Magic School Bus, Animal Adventures, and Creative Nature.*

Sibling Sitting A sibling babysitting service for the younger children of our co-oping parents. On the days you co-op, children in Sibling Sitting play with age-appropriate toys, take naps and play in the Big Muscle Room.*

Carpool Line A carpool option is available for noon dismissal, allowing parents to stay in the car when picking up children from school. Carpool Line is not offered for Lunch Bunch pick-up.

Early Morning Drop-off Early morning drop-off is perfect for parents who would like to begin the school day earlier than 9:30 a.m. Children can drop-in to the Big Muscle Room anytime between 8:45 and 9:29. They will be supervised by one of our teachers and will be escorted to their classrooms at the start of the school day. *

Cozy Corner Parking A supervised parking area is available from 9:20 - 9:40 a.m., giving parents the option to leave younger siblings in the car while bringing students into the school. Parents who use the Cozy Corner service sign up to supervise once or twice a month.

Parent Education Forums Several times a year, speakers come to the school for an evening presentation. Recent Forum topics have included nutrition, positive discipline, and the power of play. The Forums give parents the chance to learn more about effectively addressing their child's developmental needs. Typically, moms and dads leave the meetings with new ideas and practical strategies for parenting their kids.

Parent Coffees The school director facilitates several small and informal Parent Coffees each semester, focusing on the specific developmental stages and needs of each age group in the nursery school. These gatherings allow parents to socialize and share experiences with each other. Lots of questions are asked, and lots of answers are offered.

Allergy Friendly Students’ food allergies and dietary restrictions are accommodated in each classroom. Peanut and other nut allergies seem more and more prevalent in young children these days. To prevent a student from having an adverse reaction to food that is served for snack or in Lunch Bunch, the school has adopted a strict peanut-free and tree nut-free food policy. Guidelines are provided to parents for peanut- and tree nut-free snacks, and there is a school rule that children and co-oping parents must wash their hands upon entering the school building in the morning.

Camp Concord Each June, we offer an outdoor-based camp, staffed by our own CSACNS teachers and administrators, to children currently in a two-, three-, or four-year-old preschool program. Our large, outdoor space includes a well- equipped playground with a shaded seating area for gatherings and songs, picnic tables for lunch and snacks and a large blacktop for games and water play.

* additional fees