The CNS morning program runs from 9:00 to 12:00pm.  It includes three active classrooms and a multipurpose room that holds our studio and kitchen.

The Front Room is mostly filled with three year olds. Twelve children attend the Front Room each morning.  Most come to school three days a week; but four and five days schedules may be available.

The Middle Room is for the younger four year olds.  Sixteen children attend the Middle Room each morning. Most come to school four days a week, but three and five day schedules may be available.

The Far Room is for the older four and five year olds.  Seventeen children attend the Far Room each morning.  Most come to school four days a week, and a five day schedule is often available.

The ratio of children to adult does not exceed seven to one.

The teachers and Director are caring individuals committed to developmental, cooperative education. Each classroom has two teachers. Our entire faculty is trained in early childhood education and many teachers have advanced degrees in education. In addition, several staff members have been involved in the school for over a decade. All staff members are trained and kept current in First Aid and CPR.

As always, our primary consideration is to provide a program that is in the best interest of the children. Each classroom offers children a balance of times for individual and group exploration with materials and ideas. Children have opportunities to experiment and express themselves using myriad art, building, sensory, nature/found objects, and dramatic play materials. While there is a routine flow to the day, there is also flexibility based on a deep respect for the needs and interests of the individual children and the group. There is always a mid-morning snack, a music and movement period, and time for outdoor play in our large playground.

CNS Morning Program Schedules

Flow of the Day

Time Program Activities
9:00 Arrival and free play Materials exploration – blocks, art, dramatic play, manipulative, sand and water play
9:30 Meeting time Greeting songs, news & idea sharing, discussion of morning activities and projects
9:45 Activities, projects, and free play Special activities revolving around current interests, ideas and theories to be explored; some children may go to the studio or outside
10:30 Clean-up, bathroom break, outdoor time All are asked to use the toilet at this time, but children will use the bathroom whenever they need to during the day; hand washing
10:45 Story time
11:00 Snack time Parent helper sets up snack
11:15 Music and movement
11:30 Outdoor play
12:00 Pick-up time

Schedules are subject to change based on weather or individual and group needs.