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We are continuing to accept registration for the 2020/2021 school year while we are temporarily closed. For additional information call 732-491-2240 and someone will soon return your call.

Pre-K Classes: 

Classes run from September through June closely following the Metuchen public school calendar. All classes start at 9:00. Enrolled students may opt for an 8:30 arrival one, two, three, four or five mornings per week for a small additional monthly fee. Community Nursery School offers a flexible schedule to meet your needs. A daily snack is provided in each class.

Classes for 2 1/2 year old children

Our Young Learners class is a 2 1/2 hour program (9:00 – 11:30) that concentrates on providing a secure, warm atmosphere geared to promoting a 2-year-olds developing awareness of themselves in relation to their surroundings and other people. Both indoor and outdoor play is part of the daily schedule. Classes are limited to 12 children with a teacher and an assistant. Children are 30 – 36 months old to start. Classes are offered as a  two day (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) or three day program (adding Friday). Diapers are permitted in the Young Learners Class.

Classes for 3 and 4 year old children

Our classes nurture a child’s self-esteem and encourage social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. This is accomplished through the use of a variety of learning activities, educational materials and play situations. Music, STEM, literacy and art are embedded in our program. Both indoor and outdoor play is part of the daily schedule.

3 Year OldsThe Pre-K3 classes are offered as a two-day, three-day or five day program. Early academics such as letter and number recognition are the foundations of the program. Children should be potty-trained but we will accommodate families if they are working to get their child trained. Classes are offered from 9:00-12:00 or 9:00-1:00. Option for staying until 3:00 certain days will be made available if there is a need. Classes are limited to 12 or 18 children with a teacher and an assistant.

4 Year Olds: The Pre-K4 classes are offered as a two-day, three-day or five day program. The students are provided with learning experiences and hands-on activities that promote kindergarten readiness in a developmentally appropriate manner. Pre-K4 classes are limited to 18 children with a teacher and an assistant. Pre-K4 classes are offered from 9:00-12:00,  9:00-1:00, or 9:00-3:00. Children may opt for afternoon enrichment classes (1:00 – 3:00) one, two, three, four, or five days per week.

Afternoon Enrichment

CNS offers the following additional interest activities from 1:00-3:00 for children in the Pre-K4 classes, and for children in neighboring morning kindergarten classes or other nursery schools 4s programs. Classes are limited to 12 students with a teacher and an assistant. The enrichment classes are included for children signed up for our Pre-K4 classes from 9:00-3:00 (any or all days). All classes are hands on and are taught by experienced CNS teachers.

Art – A fun and engaging class that will start with the basic color wheel and cover painting, sculpture, print making and other media. Brush strokes, lines, organic and inorganic shapes will be covered. The children also will be exposed to different styles of art through the works of Kandinsky, Monet, Laurel Burch, Keith Haring, Chihuly and others. Children can attend either Monday or Tuesday during the school year.

Adventures in Literacy – Using fun and creative tools such as puppets, felt board props, games and projects to explore different stems of literacy from rhyming and letter sounds to dialogue and story comprehension. Children can attend on Thursdays during the school year.

Kids Cooking – A hands-on cooking and baking experience covering kitchen safety, measuring, cleanup and tasting! Children will be exposed to a variety of foods, kitchen tools, and cooking techniques at an age appropriate level. Books and fun activities related to the specific cooking and baking experience will be included. Children can attend either TuesdayWednesday or Friday during the school year.

Spanish -A fun and interactive class where the children will learn beginning vocabulary along with learning about the culture of various countries that speak Spanish. Games, music and Spanish songs will be integrated into the program.  Children can attend on Friday during the school year.

STEM – Science, technology, engineering and math is the foundation for this class. Children will explore the world around them as they engage in creative experiments to help them build essential problem solving, logic and planning skills. Children will have the opportunity to enhance their curiosity as they explore interesting topics through age appropriate hands-on experiences. Children can attend either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday during the  school year.


Community Nursery School is once again offering a K-Wrap program for kindergarten students! This program is held daily from 11:45 to 3:00.  The children bring their lunch and eat at CNS. An optional walking service for Moss School kindergarten students is included.

Community K-Wrap is a hands on theme based curriculum that includes literacy, math, science, social studies, cooking and art. Themes will include: Bats, Spiders, All About Me, The Milky Way Galaxy and Outer Space, First Aid for Kids, the Rainforest, the Ocean and more. There is an opportunity to play and socialize inside and outside.  The program is taught by our own Mary Roth, a former Kindergarten teacher. The program is limited to 8-10 children per day.  Two, three, four and five day options are available.

 For more information call (732) 491-2240.