Garden City Nursery School (GCNS) is a parent cooperative founded in 1951.

GCNS offers Playgroup (2 year olds), Nursery (3 year olds), and extended day Pre-K (4 year olds) Programs.

In 2019-2020 we have a total of 90 students, 15 faculty and administration. GCNS has a strong legacy, as a result, a large percentage of our students’ parents are alumni who’ve chosen to create new childhood memories with their families.

What sets GCNS apart? GCNS…

  • Is the only nursery school in Garden City registered with the New York Department of Education with State Certified Head Teachers.
  • Is the only school in Nassau County that was designed and built as an early childhood school. (It is not a converted space.) It was uniquely designed with climbing trees, a tire swing, bicycle paths, sandboxes, playhouses, and more, so it offers children a place to develop and explore nature.
  • Incorporates a play-based curriculum to maximize the child’s growth. Self-directed activities enhance the child’s confidence and their gross motor, fine motor, socialization and speech skills.
  • Employs a Readiness Program to prepare children for the New York State Common Core curriculum.
  • Is more than a school; it is a community.
  • Prioritizes parent communication through participation in the classroom and open dialogue with teachers about each child’s unique needs.
  • Focuses our family-centered program on parent-child development and family support throughout.
  • Promotes friendship and a sense of community among our families with well-attended, organized social events.
  • Allows a parent to experience a pre-school classroom firsthand and gain helpful parenting skills during participating parent days.
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