For over 50 years, Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School (RWCNS) has been a beloved preschool in the Pikes Peak region. Children two and a half through six years of age enjoy an enriching preschool experience that focuses on their full development as human beings.
RWCNS provides an atmosphere in which a child’s emotional, physical, social and cognitive needs are carefully nurtured. RWCNS helps children to develop and sustain a positive self-image and the ability to engage in caring interactions with others. Through small class size and a wide variety of materials, music, art, movement, and dramatic play, the children are invited to creatively explore the world and discover how to uniquely express themselves. Teachers guide and facilitate activities, allowing children to make their own choices and direct their own work.
RWCNS is organized as a cooperative, in the belief that its educational aims can best be accomplished with the active presence of parents within the school. Parents assist in the classroom and take responsibility for the maintenance, governance, and financial well-being of the school, while the school, in turn, provides opportunities for parent education and support. This blending of school and family life eases the child’s transition to the world beyond the family and creates a cooperative community dedicated to providing the richest, most caring environment possible for children.