Bethesda Nursery School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest caliber early care and education for children ages 3 to 5 years old based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practice. The school supports and encourages the optimum growth and development of every child in a nurturing, safe and enriching environment. Recognizing the importance of collaboration between home and school, the school emphasizes a strong connection between the two. Bethesda Nursery School wholeheartedly fosters a diverse community of children, families and teachers, where everyone is welcomed and respected, and the joy of learning is shared.
Bethesda Nursery School is a non-profit, non-sectarian, 501 (c) (3) organization that was founded in 1961. It is licensed by the State of Connecticut; the Department of Public Health is the licensing agency. Relicensing occurs every four years. The program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1989. Reaccredidation takes place every five years. Our class size is a maximum of 30 children per day. Our staff structure is composed of a director, an assistant director, and three teachers. All five staff members work as teachers in the classroom on a daily basis; our student to staff ratio is 6 to 1. Our students are three; four- and five years old. A student whose third birthday falls on or before December 31st may enroll in September of that year. Otherwise, children must be aged three before enrolling. We typically have 45 families enrolled. Some children attend two days a week, some three-, four-, or five. We operate on a school year schedule, from late August to June. A separate six-week summer program operates from mid-June to the end of July.
Our goals are to offer the highest quality early childhood education, nurture our wonderful little community through family involvement, and broaden economic diversity through increased financial aid to families.
Bethesda Nursery School’s most pressing needs are funding various aspect of our daily operations:
1- Financial aid. Each year 25-40% of our families apply for financial aid, and we try to help everyone afford the cost of quality preschool.
2- Teacher salaries & benefits. Competitive compensation for our teachers is paramount to our school.
3- Teacher Development. Bethesda Nursery School recognizes the importance of professional development in maintaining a consistently high quality program for early childhood education. All staff members maintain an individual professional development plan, and all participate in professional development activities throughout the year, as required by Connecticut licensing and NAEYC accreditation.
At Bethesda Nursery School we believe that all children come to the program with their own unique characteristics. Our goal is to help children discover and delight in what they are good at, and feel a sense of mastery and satisfaction as they acquire new skills and ideas.
We attempt to provide opportunities for learning across areas of child development - social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative. We provide opportunities for growth and self-expression through the use of blocks, books, games, manipulatives, dramatic play, a wide variety of art materials, woodworking, plenty of water and sand play and sensory experiences. Children are encouraged to build, to cook, to play, to observe, to sing, to dance, to listen, to care. Activities are balanced between child-initiated and teacher-initiated with the basic understanding that all children do not like all activities. The goals of the individual are carefully considered to meet the general needs of the group.
The daily schedule provides many opportunities for growth and development. The early morning free-play provides children a wide variety of activities from which to choose. Clean-up requires a cooperative group effort. Snack and lunch times encourage social interaction in small groups and our large outdoor space provides options for individual, small or large group play with a wide variety of surfaces and activities available.
The teachers’ goal is to facilitate discovery and knowledge by the child, not to present already formed opinions. Activities are carefully planned so that the child can be challenged, not frustrated, and can experience success more often than not. Creative, interested and motivated teachers also pay attention to the children’s particular ideas and interests and aim to incorporate their suggestions into the daily activities.
We believe that parents are a child’s primary teacher. We consider parent participation an essential part of the educational experience for each child. Teachers and parents work together to share knowledge, observations and suggestions to promote the optimum achievement of every student. A strong foundation in all of the developmental domains and the skills required to succeed in kindergarten is the ultimate goal of an education at Bethesda Nursery School.
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Educate a child and you change a community. For the child, a good education means better career opportunities and higher lifetime earnings. College graduates enjoy better health and are more inclined to volunteer and vote. For the community, supporting our youths’ educational goals results in a stronger society.
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