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Watchung Cooperative Nursery School Inc

71 Mount Hebron Road
Montclair, NJ 07043

(973) 783-4535


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Watchung Co-op, we encourage learning through hands-on, child-guided play experiences. We emphasize children’s social and emotional well-being while nurturing their love of learning and individual learning styles. Watchung Co-op truly belongs to the parents and children who attend it. Parents are actively involved in how our school works, from classroom participation to family jobs to Board membership. Through your involvement, you enjoy the privilege of sharing your child’s first school experience while easing the transition from home to school. The effort and ingenuity of each family is integral to Watchung Co-op’s operation and tradition. Our school grows and changes with each new group of children and parents who shape its present and build its future."
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 required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school