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Central Co Op Nursery School

1 Worthen Street
Chelmsford, MA 01824

(978) 256-3033


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The Central Co-Operative Nursery School was established in 1960. We area non-profit, incorporated, parent co-operative nursery school. The Co-Op strives for a balanced curriculum and in providing an environment where the children feel secure and happy. Our teaching staff consists of warm nurturing teachers who have a wonderful knowledge of early childhood curriculum and years of expereince with pre-school children. The Co-Op offers a variety of full and half day programs to allow you to choose a program that is right for your little one and your family. In addition, we offer a Toddler Preschool Prep Program designed for toddlers ages 24 – 33 months to attend one day a week with a parent or guardian.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

The Central Co-Op's main goal and philosophy is to develop, in each child, a strong self-image and a positive attitude towards the educational process.

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

"Co-Operative education provides a learning environment where parents and teachers work together for the common goal of quality education for the children in their care. The Co-Op recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children. It encourages Mothers and Fathers to share their interests and talents in the classroom, on a Board of Directors, or on Committees. This type of education gives a powerful message to a child -- school is important to his/her family. With it, children develop a strong, positive attitude toward themselves and education. Activities include math, art, music, science, language arts, and drama.
Co-Operative education gives parents the unique opportunity to actively participate in their child's education. Parents are able to get to know their child's teacher and friends in their class and see, firsthand, what their child is learning. Children enjoy sharing the time in school with their parent; they are proud to bring mom or dad to the school with them.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Daily schedule
9-9:10 Arrival
9:15-9:45 Outside
9:45-10:10 Morning meeting (news and information is shared, calendar, songs, read a book)
10:10-10:30 Snack
10:30-11:15 Creative Room - Free choice, art, dramatic play
11:15-11:45 Project
11:45-12 dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The teachers are in constant communication with the parents in all matters concerning their child. Teachers have open communication with parents if any issues or concerns arrise.
Teachers are required to send out three progress reports throughout the school year (an 8 week report, a January report, and a May/end of the year report).

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on