Garden Nursery School

Limited spots still available for 2018-2019

New structure for 2019-2020

  • 2, 3 or 5 Day Program available to all
  • Greater flexibility for families
  • Stronger focus on developmental needs
  • One cohesive community

Summer Programs

  • Registration is open!
  • Information about Summer Picassos and Radiant Child Yoga available here.
  • You do not need to attend GNS to attend the summer programs.

Cambridge's Most Flexible Cooperative Preschool... Since 1959!

Garden Nursery School is a parent and teacher run cooperative preschool located in Harvard Square in Cambridge. For more than half a century, Garden Nursery School has offered a nurturing and stimulating environment for children and their families.

We are excited to move toward a new integrated structure that will provide the possibility of a five-day program while preserving the option of a part-time program that has been the cornerstone of GNS for nearly 60 years. 2018-2019 will see the first stage of our new model: children 2.9 - 5 years will attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while our 3- and 5-day programs will be offered to children 3.9-5 years. By the following year (2019-2020), the program will be in full swing offering 2, 3 or 5 days to children 2.9 - 5 years.

The school was founded on the belief that active parental involvement helps establish community and that this, in turn, naturally eases the transition for children as they make their way in their new school environment. GNS parents describe additional benefits as well, including the focused time to share with their child at school, understanding their child better as a learner and leaving GNS well-positioned to partner with their child's teachers for many years to come.

GNS offers early drop-off, extended day, and a media/marketing-free environment. We invite you to learn more about our cooperative, and the unique experience we offer. Schedule a tour and come visit us today!

Co-operative Participation and Community Building

Garden Nursery School is run together by parents and two staff members. Parents work alongside staff to ensure school functioning - they help in the classroom, assist in maintaining the space, organize Open Houses and admissions, welcome new families and are a majority on the GNS Board.

GNS strongly believes that active parental involvement helps establish community and that this, in turn, naturally eases the transition for children as they make their way in their new school environment.

Learn more about the amazing opportunity that co-ops provide!

Enrolling in GNS

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are currently open. We welcome all applicants who are the appropriate age. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Learn more about enrollment, or schedule a tour and send an application today!

Come Visit Us!

We are located at 24A Farwell Place in Harvard Square, across from the Cambridge Common. To reach the school from Garden Street, walk along the path that is to the left of Christ Church's circular driveway. If you are driving, please do not park in this driveway.

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