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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CNS Earns NAEYC Accredidation

The Children’s Nursery School is proud and excited to announce that we have earned accreditation through NAEYC, The National Association for the Education of Young Children. This rigorous process was a wonderful opportunity to highlight our exceptional teachers and high-quality programming that have been beloved by Portland area families for over 40 years. 

The Children’s Nursery School is a cooperative preschool which means that parents and teachers work together to meet the unique needs of the children and bring in the special skills and abilities of the families to enhance our program each year. Over the past four decades, this program has been honed and refined with the efforts of each new cohort. 

Our co-op is led by two extraordinary teachers whose inspiring work has earned us not only the NAEYC accreditation but also the highest rating with The State of Maine’s Early Care and Education Quality Rating System.  This program is anchored in meaningful school traditions and community connections and infused with inspiration from many Early Childhood philosophies and the world around us.  We delight in and follow the children’s natural curiosity and we practice communication tools to support strong social and emotional development.    

We welcome community partnerships and involvement through several events during the year which can be found on our website www.childrensnurseryschool.org and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/CNSPortlandME.