My oldest son started with Central at age 2 and was there until he started kindergarten at age 5 1/2. A few months later, my younger son started just after age 2 and is currently enrolled. My husband and I feel so fortunate to have found Central Nursery School. The preschool has been in business for 35+ years and has experienced, knowledgeable, empathetic and friendly teachers, each of whom has been with the preschool long-term. These ladies are the BEST out there (in my humble opinion!) They treat the kids (and parents) with respect, you will never hear them yelling, speaking harshly or putting down your child. It is a COMPLETELY positive environment. The minute you step inside the gate of Central, the happiness of the children exudes all around. Central provides a "home-like" atmosphere for the kids, which I think helps them adjust quickly and really WANT to spend their days here. The children are separated into groups by age (Papooses, Braves and then Chiefs) and are given an age-appropriate curriculum between art projects, counting projects, learning and recognizing letters, spelling their names, story time and singing songs. We love when our little guy comes home singing us the songs he's learned in the week! They get plenty of outside play time and there are two playgrounds that are structured for age appropriateness. Everyone naps (or has quiet time) for 2 hours in the early afternoon. Snacks and drinks are provided, but you do bring your own lunch (which works great for us since we have a semi-picky eater and we can tailor his lunch to what we know he will eat). If you are considering a preschool, you definitely want to put Central Nursery School at the top of your list of schools to visit.
Our whole family has had a great experience at Cornerstone. My daughter started preschool in the fall of 2008 and attended for 2 years. My son started in the fall of 2010 and is just finishing up his second year. The teachers have been experienced, loving, and professional. My children also had several teachers in common, and I love that many of the staff have been there for years. The curriculum has prepared my children very well for kindergarten. They have so much fun with the games and activities and yet are learning what they need to know to be able to start reading and other kindergarten activities when they get there. The social environment has been very positive and encouraging. My children have learned to make friends and be a part of a community. The teachers are able to care for them and really get to know them. I love that I have been able to bring my younger children to participate in the Music Together classes, and the whole family to evening and weekend programs and festivals. We have gotten 2 progress reports each year that show our child's development over the term. The teachers and director have been great resources to our family. I recommend Cornerstone to all my friends with little ones.
I loved this Pre-school because they focus on each child's development. My son started at ABC Learning Montessori when he was 2 years old. After 6 months at ABC Learning Montessori, I took him out to another pre-school recommended by one of my closest friends, only to take him back to ABC Learning Montessori 8 months later because he was not learning much. He was just playing and singing at the other pre-school. Within 6 months after returning to ABC Learning Montessori, my Son started to learn again, they quickly worked with him on his Phonics and by age 4 he was reading and doing Math. I could see the growth in his learning abilities. I was really impressed and confident that my son will be ready for Elementary school when it is time. My 5 years old Son just graduated from ABC Learning Montessori on June 6, 2008 and is on his way to Kindergarten very well prepared. I will recommend this Pre-school to anyone.