We are accepting applications for the 2023–2024 school year!  


We are accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year.  We will will continue to accept applications via email and mail.  If you have any questions about CNS or would like a tour (virtual or in person) of the classroom, please let us know and we will be in touch!

CNS accepts students ages 3-5.  Children must be at least 3 years old by October 15 of the school year for which you are applying and should be potty trained.  Occasional exceptions may be made to meet full enrollment at the approval of the Board and the teachers; however, no student may attend who is under the age of 2.75 (they must turn 3 by January 15 of the following year).

CNS believes in an atmosphere of inclusion where all people’s rights are respected and does not discriminate against any people or group based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, economic status, marital status, disability, sexual preference, or gender identity.  We recognize that not all families are composed of two biological parents.  CNS is open to those who are legally involved with the upbringing and education of a child, be they parents, partners, guardians, extended family members, etc.

TUITION (Please note that tuition costs may change from year to year.  Tuition rates for the following year are decided upon by the co-op membership each year in the spring.)

4-Day, with Classroom Helper Days – $3,850 per year (10 payments of $385) 

  • 4 day a week flexible schedule: Younger students starting with 2 days a week and increasing their days over the course of the year at the teachers’ discretion.
  • Attends monthly Mandatory Family Meetings
  • Serves on a Committee, totaling approximately 20 hours of work a month, and helps with fundraising
  • Works as a Classroom Helper in the classroom approximately 1 day every other week and 1-2 Alternate (on-call) days per month


Contact us and visit the school. Taking a tour is highly recommended as it will help you determine if CNS is the right environment for your child and your family. Open Houses, held throughout the year, are also an opportunity for your child to explore the classroom as you gain insight into how our program works.

Please complete the CNS Application (click to download) and return it, along with a non-refundable $50 application fee to:

The Children’s Nursery School
P.O. Box 8086
Portland, Maine 04104