Millburn Co-Op Nursery School
At the Millburn Cooperative Nursery School, parents have the opportunity to participate in their child's first school experience. Founded in 1974, the school is a unique, non-profit preschool located in a one-room schoolhouse on the edge of Taylor Park. Teachers and parents work together to provide a secure, relaxed atmosphere. In our two-year program, children learn through play, in an atmosphere that is warm and supportive. We offer stimulating and varied activities designed to help each child grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at his or her own pace.
Using a humanistic approach, the staff draws from eclectic sources. The program incorporates the concepts of, (among others) Adler, Piaget, Reggio Emilia and Montessori, with a strong emphasis on socialization and independence. Our fully accredited teachers stimulate learning by inspiring a child's spontaneous curiosity. Activities flow naturally as ideas are explored through books, puzzles, music, dance, manipulatives, as well as reading readiness, math, and cognitive materials. Instilling a love of the environment and all living things is also integral to our curriculum. We search for the first robin, dig for earthworms, catch snowflakes, care for pets, study habitats, and celebrate the change of seasons.
By the conclusion of our two-year program, children have acquired the skills necessary for a successful transition to Kindergarten.
Why choose a Co-op?
A cooperative school is a family composed of many families. It provides a unique developmental experience for both child and parent. The child steps out of the home with the parent and into the safe and stimulating environment of our school. The child grows in independence, the parent in understanding. The parent has the inner satisfaction of knowing exactly what the child does during the school day and who the child's friends are. The ratio of adults to children is higher in a co-op and parents also bring enriching experiences to the classroom. Parents help shape the school and make it what it will become.