Programs & Fees

preschool1 Preschool 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 fill out the wait list form HERE. 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.

Enrollment Guidelines and Class Schedule

Classes at Ruth Washburn


School Guidelines 21-22 (22-23 will be update soon)


Explorers-Extended Care Program

The Explorers program provides extended wrap-around care primarily for the children enrolled in the school ages three through five years of age. Children of kindergarten age who are former Ruth Washburn students and siblings from three through six years of age of current students are eligible to attend. Children from non-Co-op member families may also utilize the program as space permits with Guaranteed Option at a non-discounted rate.

The Explorers program is an extension of the preschool program in philosophy and in activities and ratios.  The Explorers day typically consists of:

  • Outdoor Play offered 3x daily
  • Lunch brought from home. Snack is provided for Afternoon Explorers.
  • Rest or nap
  • Circle Time
  • Open Exploration

Wee Explorers

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 1/2 year olds will enjoy the 60 minute play time with their adult(s) in our Wee Explorers program on Wednesday or Thursday mornings. 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 12 weeks. The cost for Wee Explorers is $250 for all 12 classes in a session. There are no refunds or make ups for missed classes including closures due to inclement weather or illness. The session must be paid for within 10 days of billing. Space is limited to 8 students. This program is intended for families considering enrollment for their child in a Ruth Washburn class when their child is age eligible and a class spot is offered. Spots are offered via email, depending upon availability and points on the school waitlist. You can sign up for our waitlist HERE, which will automatically put you on the Wee Explorers waitlist as well (when your child is age eligible).

Summer Camp-Summer 2021 ALL 2021 CAMPS ARE FULL