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Glenbrook Nursery School Inc

10010 Fernwood Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817-1606

(301) 365-3190


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The special nature of Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School is the close working relationship between parents and teachers. This cooperative approach offers a unique support system as it builds a sense of community and togetherness for parents and children.

Being a part of a cooperative nursery school means growth and learning for everyone involved. Children, parent and teachers at Glenbrook attend school together and learn from one another. Every child is innately individual, and we want our children to grow into adulthood confident, motivated and responsible. At Glenbrook, we provide nurture to children in the early, formative years, so the children can define themselves as individuals. Parents and teachers work together constantly through observation and discussion to seek and evaluate different ways to provide this nurture.

Glenbrook believes that the educational environment that most effectively promotes significant learning is one in which:

We value, respect, and trust the individuality and uniqueness of the child;
External threats to self such as rejection, criticism, competitive evaluation, reward or punishment are at a minimum;
The child is free to explore the materials and resources that are available to him in light of his own interest, potentials, and readiness, regarding the rights of others.
Glenbrook realizes its yearly goals through spontaneous play in a controlled and time-structured environment. We feel that a child can feel secure only when he or she understands and trusts a set of limits. His or her imagination, curiosity, and interests need time to wander, expand and develop within these limits.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Free play, art, clean-up time, bathroom/washing hands, snack, circle time, and outdoor play are all critical components of our school day.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up