Preschool Programs & Fees

preschool1Preschool Programs

Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School offers a complete preschool program for the young child.  For children aged two-and-a-half through five years, the school offers various two and three and day classes, both mornings and afternoons.  A typical three-hour preschool day involves a broad opportunity for the child’s stimulation and development.  The classroom environment provides a variety of activities for experimenting, discovery and creative expression.  Daily activities may include:

  • Circle Time – a special sharing time as a group
  • Interest Center Time – a time for choosing different centers such as blocks, art, manipulatives and/or puzzles, dramatic play, music, science, books/reading, writing
  • Outdoor Play – a daily time for outside exploration and gross motor development
  • Snack Time – an important part of the preschool curriculum.  It is a time for refueling, learning about proper nutrition and establishing lifelong healthy eating habits.  Children sit together family style and are encouraged to  socialize and enjoy a healthy snack.  This is a valuable opportunity for conversation and language development.
  • Field trips are planned throughout the year for our older classes to expand the classroom activities.

We do have a wait list for our programs so please call 636-3084 to check for availability and to be placed on the list. Once you are on the wait list, there is no obligation to enroll, but you will receive points for each month you are on the list.

Tuition options for 17-18

Enrollment Guidelines and Class Schedule 17-18

Financial Aid Packet 17-18

Explorers-Extended Care Program

Explorers is an extension of our preschool program in philosophy and activities. Available on an hourly basis before and after regular classes. Cost is $4 per half hour and guaranteed option is available for $3.50 per half hour. Use the form below to sign up!

16-17 Explorers information and GO sign up

Wee & Not-so-wee explorers

Wee & Not-So-Wee Explorers is a story, music, movement and outside activity program for students too young to attend classes or not enrolled in a class at Ruth Washburn. 18 month thru 2 ½ year olds will enjoy the 45 minute play time with their adult(s) in our Wee Explorers program. Children ages 2 ½ through 5 will enjoy a 90 minute play time with their adult(s) in our Not-So-Wee Explorers program.  A typical session will consist of music, 1 or 2 stories, sensory experiences, dancing, and outside time where families can enjoy our expansive back yard. Sessions will run once per week for six weeks. The cost for Wee Explorers is $90 for all six classes in a session. The cost for Not-So-Wee Explorers is $150 for all six classes in a session. Space is limited to 8 students.  To guarantee a spot in all 4 sessions, you may sign up for all sessions at once. You will be billed for sessions on the first of the month prior to the session starting.

2017-2018 schedule

Wee Explorers-Fridays, 9:15 am-10:00 am or 10:15 am-11:00 am

  • Early Fall   September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 27 -FULL
  • Late Fall    November 3,10,17, December 1,8,15
  • Winter       January 19-February 23
  • Spring       April 6-May 11

Not-So-Wee Explorers-Wednesday,8:45 am-10:15 am or 10:15 am-11:45 am

  • Early Fall    September 4-October 18
  • Late Fall     October 25, November 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13
  • Winter        January 17-February 21
  • Spring        April 4-May 9

You can sign up at the link below and you will be emailed a confirmation for your spot. You will be billed on the first of the month prior to the start of your session(s).

Wee and Not-so-Wee Explorers Registration

Summer Camp

Each year we offer multiple summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-6. See attached flyer for information. Currently the Farm Camp and Home on the Range are full!

summer camp registration 2017