April OPEN HOUSE & Art Playdate

Did you miss our last Open House? No worries! We are offering another Open House on the first Friday in April. 🙂 Mark your calendars or RSVP right now, so you will not miss any related info. 📌

Are you looking for a preschool for your little one? Do you like small groups with highly qualified and experienced teachers who simply stand out with their warm loving and caring attitude not only towards children? Would you like to have a say about how your child’s school is run and be able to choose activities and what’s best for your child on an ongoing basis? Have you always been curious about what a co-op-school is all about? This is the time to find out!We open our classroom doors to the public for our second Open House of the year and you are invited. 😊 Bring your child(ren) for a CNS playdate in our spacious and multi-functional classroom, meet our wonderful teachers and some of our CNS families. 🧡💛🧡

Most people know the meaning of red hearts ❤️ (true love, passion), but who knows the meaning of all the other colors of heart emoji’s 🧡💛💚💙💜🖤 that are offered in all the various social networks and on social media platforms?

There is a reason why we used yellow/golden 💛 and orange 🧡 hearts in our Open House Invitation text.
A 💛 yellow or gold heart signifies happiness and friendship. It is synonymous with new beginnings, youth, hope (sunshine), positivity, spring, purity, and strength. The traditional heart of gold. (…): The yellow heart means someone is happy and optimistic. This emoticon stands for the joy of life.
An 🧡 orange heart expresses great care, comfort, and serenity. The color orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement. Also the orange heart means you just wanna stick as friends and have nothing mutual.
So….we hope there will be lots of sunshine on April 5th and are enthusiastic to witness the start of new beginnings for some of you who will visit our school for our Open House that day. Meet us to experience the great care, warmth, creativity, and strength we teach our students. We are a joyful bunch of families who started out as strangers and became friends very quickly due to the pure magic that is happening at our school.
We are optimistic and hope to see you at our Open House on the first Friday in April!

Dec 8: Our Annual Grand Bazaar & Silent Auction

Only two weeks until we open the doors to our 43rd Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction! We’re currently busy preparing for our biggest celebration of the year. All hands on deck – all CNS families are involved in helping making this a highlight event in Portland’s community.

This gorgeous poster has been distributed around Portland and neighboring towns and it gives you a little taste of what The Children’s Nursery School is about and how we like to celebrate. Child-centered, with lots of fun!

>>>Poster designed by the very talented local artist and CNS parent Michael Connor!<<<


We hope you marked your calendar and we hope we will see you on December 8th, from 10am to 2pm at 159 State St within the historic State Street Church, where we hold our family-friendly fundraiser of the year.

F R E E    A D M I S S I O N !

Bring the kids, bring the extended family and invite your friends, get your holiday shopping done with hundreds of amazing auction items, while enjoying our child-friendly entertainment, fantastic raffle prizes and the best local foods.

Meet our CNS teachers and CNS families and meet old and new friends!

We are awaiting a larger crowd than ever before, so make sure you get there right at the start to not miss out on the fantastic raffle prizes, food, games, and all the fun!

The Grand Bazaar is bringing together Portland’s community and has been doing so for  43 wonderful years! Be a part of it and join us! 

[Click on the poster above to RSVP to our Grand Bazaar and to follow the most recent updates!]




Annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction


 Save the date!

December 8, 10 am – 2 pm. 



Join us for the 43rd annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction!

Featuring hours of free family events, including family-friendly
entertainers, face painting, lots of children’s activities, and plenty of delicious, local food.

Some entertainment highlights:
Sparks’ Ark performs at 1:00 pm.
Sweetums the clown – balloons animals and fun clowning.
Local artist Michael Connor – drawing with kids.

This event is free, with a variety of food and great items for sale and auction.

All proceeds benefit The Children’s Nursery School directly; a parent run, NAEYC accredited preschool in the heart of Portland’s West End.

More information to come!

Elsmere Barbecue Non Profit Night to Benefit CNS


Join us at Elsmere Barbecue for a Non Profit Night fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Nursery School !

“The Children’s Nursery School (CNS) is a co-operative preschool nestled in the courtyard of downtown’s historic State Street Church. Daily, students nurture meaningful friendships while challenging their social, emotional, creative and intellectual boundaries.”

A portion of proceeds between 4 and 9 pm will be donated to The Children’s Nursery School.

Learn more on our Facebook event.

First Friday Open House Art Playdate

Are you or someone you love looking for a special preschool to call your own? Join us at our open house this Friday to learn about our unique co-op community! A place where parents, kids, and teachers join together to promote early learning, heartfelt connections and old-fashioned play!

What if you could refer to your child’s school as a castle? According to some of our students the historic State Street Church, where the Children’s Nursery School (CNS) is nestled within, looks like a castle, which makes it even more fun to stay and play every day.

Visit us during the early hours of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. Bring your kids for an art playdate inside our Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia inspired classroom or, if the weather permits, let them experience our outdoor music wall, see our magical fairy houses and build some more or simply let them have fun with our big bubbles while you can find out why CNS is a favorite among Greater Portland’s parent community.

We look forward to meeting you! Click here to RSVP!

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