Now accepting applications for Summer 2024 and the 2024-2025 School Year

A safe, nurturing mixed-age preschool that balances self-directed learning with whole group experiences. Open-ended exploration allows children time and space to develop skills by playing, tinkering, making mistakes, experiencing both success and failure, and reflecting on their own thinking.

Watertown Cooperative Nursery School (WCNS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian preschool for children 2.9 to 5 years old licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC). Our facility consists of a large, sunny indoor space and a fenced-in, outdoor play yard.

Established in 1952, WCNS has been dedicated to making families an integral part of their children's preschool experience for generations. Because we believe the relationship between children and their parents is the single most important part of young children's lives, parents take turns assisting teachers in the classroom. Parents are also involved in the administration of the school in a variety of ways, including assuming positions on the school's parent board. This approach allows parents and teachers to work together and support each other. The result is a cohesive community in which everyone's perspectives and feelings are known and valued.