Marlborough Cooperative Nursery School is a unique learning center for three, four and five year olds. We are dedicated to the development of the whole child. Our program is designed to foster social, emotional, and intellectual growth to help all our children become confident, creative, and independent individuals.
MCNS strives to be a place where children feel safe and nurtured, so they will be enabled and motivated to try new experiences.
We believe that children should have time to explore, take chances and create, using their new skills and familiar materials in new ways. Most of our projects are designed to be open-ended so that the children have the opportunity to put their own creative “signature” on their work.
We support the children in undertaking challenges that will require just a little bit more from them. Nothing fosters self-esteem quite like that wonderful feeling of “I did it!” so we arrange the school environment to facilitate responsibility and self-direction.
What is MCNS?
MCNS is Marlborough Cooperative Nursery School, Inc. It is a corporation whose purpose is to provide educational, social and recreational activities to children ages three, four and five on a NON-PROFIT, nonsectarian, non-discriminatory basis. All parents and teachers are active members. Members are expected to attend all meetings during the year. Since it is a non-profit school, parent participation in fundraising is crucial to MCNS's success.
Overseeing the Cooperative is the Executive Board: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Enrollment Chairperson. These positions are open to all parents at the time of registration and are voted on by the active members at the March Parents Meeting.
MCNS is licensed by the State of CT and meets all health and safety requirements.
The Marlborough Cooperative Nursery School (MCNS) was started nearly 30 years ago by Joan Congleton. She created a basic program that encouraged growth of the whole child and incorporated the concepts of Maria Montessori, Arnold Gessell, and other leaders in early childhood education. In 1986, after working with Joan for two years, Sharon Gatzke became preschool director and expanded the program to include music, dance, drama, literature, and science.
Marion Graff first came to the school when her children were students and loved the program so much that she has held the assistant director position for more than 20 years. Mrs. Graff is an integral part of both the 3 and 4 year old programs and incorporates the learn/play/create approach that is the foundation of MCNS.