Our programs

The best early learning experience

Each class has a team of teachers who have the autonomy to design their own customized and flexible curriculum based on their current class's needs and interests.

Personalized approach

Since the teachers know each and every child so well, they are able to introduce truly unique and personal activities into the classroom on a regular basis which make our children feel especially safe, connected and understood.

Passionate teachers

Our staff is dedicated to bringing the best out of each child and customizing learning to meet their needs. Our teachers also bring their knowledge of foreign languages, art, nature, fitness, and travel to enrich our children's lives.

Early interventions

We work with parents to identify and support any potential learning challenges that may come up throughout the year, ensuring that each child is getting any necessary interventions or services prior to kindergarten.

Our Programs


Little Cherries

Little Cherries is a play-based learning program for toddlers and their caregivers. This is a great introduction for future "cherries" to have fun and learn about our nurturing community.


2s Program

This combination class is a transition to a school environment for your toddler. Through the helping parent responsibilities, parents will be introduced to the play-based atmosphere of CHNS while their children gain the security and independence needed for preschool. Parents will get to know each other and will see first-hand the benefits of being part of a cooperative nursery school.


3s Program

The 3s class is often the first introduction to pre-school for children. With more formalized routines, students begin to understand what it means to "go to school" while also learning fun, new concepts that are the building blocks for the 4s and 5s classes.


4s Program

The 4s class is a fun, dynamic class where students learn through play as well as spending plenty of time outdoors exploring nature. Regular walks and hikes through Mountain Lakes offer more opportunities to extend the classroom outside, teaching kids how to apply classroom ideas in a broader environment. This class has the option for 4 or 5 days per week.


5s Program

The 5s class is truly a global experience where students learn phonics and pre-k skills through exploring cities, states, countries and continents. Your child learns what it means to be part of a larger community, has fun with geography and is ready to jump into kindergarten after graduating CHNS with necessary pre-reading, writing, and number skills.


Afternoon Enrichment

Our teachers take turns leading these mixed-age programs. Children enjoy interacting with the teachers and students from other classes and love the opportunity to play in each other's classrooms. Registration for Afternoon Enrichment can be full year or by session if space allows. Past themes include Loose Parts Play, Nature, Cooking, Messy Art, Amazing Athletes, and Soccer Shots.

2024-2025 co-op preschool

Schedule and tuition


Co-Op Tuition

Parent has responsibilities in their child's classroom on a rotating basis. Tasks include being a 3rd adult in the classroom (known as the "Helping Parent"), helping set up for the day and clean up at the end of the day, assist with snack, handwashing and other classroom duties as needed. The "Helping Child" gets to be the leader for the day.


Non Co-Op Tuition

Parent opts to not be involved in activities in their child's classroom. Every non-co-op child receives a turn being the "Helping Child" in an equal amount of rotation as co-op students but additional tuition covers the cost of a substitute "Helping Parent" is in the classroom on that day. Option to buy out other co-op duties is also available.


Afternoon Enrichment

Open to toilet-trained children enrolled in CHNS's morning 4s and 5s classes. Children may register for Afternoon Enrichment prior to the start of the year or add sessions as the year progresses. Each session is a mixed-age group of up to 16 children. Past themes include Loose Parts Play, Nature, Cooking, Spanish Playgroup, Amazing Athletes, and Soccer Shots.

We welcome kids into our 2-5’s program based on their birth year.

What it looks like to be a "helping child"
Everybody’s favorite day at school…when it’s your turn to be the helping child! We always have so much fun!
Sarah Johnson
Meet the teachers

Experts in giving your children best start

Ella Stark

Lead teacher and 1-2 year olds

Harriet Bailey

Teacher: 2-3 year olds

Melinda Schiller

Teacher: 3-4 year olds

More than just a joyful place

Letting kids develop at their own pace through play

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