Mission

Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School (RWCNS) is a nonprofit preschool dedicated to educating and nurturing children in an enriching play-based environment and engaging families in a supportive community.

– RWCNS Mission

Core Values

At RWCNS, we value:

The nursery school years as unique and important

A “whole child” approach to early childhood education wherein emotional, physical, social, and cognitive needs are equally significantly

Equitable learning opportunities that are tailored to each child’s needs

An inclusive school environment that embraces diversity

Child-directed learning that happens organically in enriched environments

Our role as leaders in early childhood education

Families and their contributions to classrooms and the school community

We embody these values by:

Trusting the nursery school model, knowing that developmentally-appropriate play is the best preparation for future schooling

Encouraging children to choose and direct their own work by providing engaging materials, open-ended opportunities, outdoor exploration, and interactions with peers

Attending to emotional, physical, social, and cognitive needs with equal care and attention

Modeling caring interactions that teach children to identify and meet their own needs

A “whole child” approach to early childhood education wherein emotional, physical, social, and cognitive needs are equally significantly

Embracing the cooperative community model to provide the richest, most caring environment possible for children and their families

Providing ongoing opportunities for family education and support

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors, whose financial support funds scholarships, facilities improvements, and continuing education for teachers.

Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School provides quality preschool programs for children ages two-and-a-half to five years old.