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Community Nursery School Of Old Saybrook Inc

366 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

(860) 388-9623


The Co-Op is a non-profit, interdenominational nursery school owned and managed by all the parents whose children attend the school, with a trained staff.

Registration is open to residents of Old Saybrook and surrounding towns.

The school’s aim is to help each child to come to know and feel confident about him/herself.

For Your 3 Year Old: Children must be 3 years old by December 30 and toilet-trained.

Classes are held 2.5 hours each day on Tuesday/Thursday

For Your 4 Year Old: Classes are held 9:00AM-12:00PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

For Your Pre-K Child: Classes are held Monday 12:00-3:00PM and Tuesday/Thursday 9:15AM-12:15PM

Both the 4 Year Old and Pre-K programs have the option to participate in extended day classes.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

From the Director:

The director states she has ‘the best job in the world’ teaching preschoolers and her natural enthusiasm and commitment to her students and staff is apparent in everything she does at the Co-Op. True to her own personal Philosophy of Education, the director embodies ‘teaching the whole child’ by building each child’s self-esteem and confidence. Furthermore, her daily curriculum fosters opportunities for children to learn, play, smile, be creative, act respectfully and above all, laugh!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The School's aim is to help each child to come to know and feel confident about
himself/herself. The Director will have the final say in the proper placement of each student in an appropriate class. By these means, the Co-op Nursery School aims to develop the best situation for each child as an individual and for the class as a group."
Excerpted from the preschool's website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year