Community Nursery School offers morning programs for three-year-olds, four-year-olds and pre-Kindergarten children. In addition, there is a lunch and afternoon program.

School Session

Community Nursery School is in session from the second full week in September through mid-June. All groups have a gradual transition into their classrooms at the beginning of the school year. Children come in smaller groups and stay for a slightly shorter time during the first two weeks. Even for children who have been to school before, this is important because they are adjusting to new teachers, new classmates, new routines and new physical spaces. As always, our primary focus is to provide a program that supports the healthy emotional development of the children.

The school morning runs from 9:00-noon. Daily Lunch Bunch and the Afternoon Program are available on a regular or drop-in basis. Lunch Bunch runs until 1:00 p.m. and the Afternoon Program ends at 3:00 p.m.

Vacations and holidays coincide with those of the Lexington School System. In addition, school is closed an extra week during December and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. There are four days devoted each year to parent-teacher conferences.


Entrance age is three years by December 31st. Children in the three-year-old program (Yellow Door Room) progress to the four and five-year-old program (Red Door and Blue Door Rooms). Depending upon their birthday, children may need two or three years of nursery school. Our program allows children to be in a new classroom each year.

While current students have priority over new students, there are always openings in the four-year old program each year for new students to the school.

Diversity at CNS

Community Nursery School is a non-profit institution and is open to all children and families without regard to race, color, cultural heritage, sex, religion, disability, gender orientation or national origin.

At CNS we strive to help children recognize and appreciate their own unique qualities as well as those of others. We also help children understand the common threads that we all share.

CNS works closely with the Lexington Public Schools Special Education Department to provide an inclusive environment that allows all children to learn and grow together.

Because families are actively involved at the school, we have the unique opportunity to learn from one another. We are committed to diversity at CNS and welcome families to share their stories, foods, songs, crafts and customs to help us learn about and celebrate the cultural richness of our community.