History of Our School
Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School was established in 1959 by a group of parents who wanted the best preschool experience for their children. This feeling has been embraced by each participating family since. At AHCNS, care-givers and teachers work together in a warm and friendly atmosphere to raise each child’s educational and personal abilities through positive reinforcement, rewarding learning activities, and the friendly interaction of peers. As a consequence, pupils learn cooperation, creativity, and caring for others. In the true spirit of a cooperative, we, the participating families, give of ourselves and of our time so that our school will be what we want it to be for our children.
Through play-based education, AHCNS strives to prepare children to enter kindergarten with the foundational skills needed for academic achievement, as well as the social awareness and emotional skills needed to be compassionate, caring, inclusive and supportive friends and classmates.
AHCNS thrives by accepting all families–regardless of religion, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and family composition–who are willing and able to participate in their child’s preschool experience. Attending families come from diverse backgrounds in terms of cultural heritage, language, religion, and socioeconomic circumstances. In the 2018-2019 school year, 56% of our children entered speaking 15 languages other than English, representing cultures from every populated continent on Earth. As an affordable educational option, including the opportunity for families to receive financial aid through the school, our families come from not only the surrounding neighborhood, but also the wider Montgomery County area. Access to quality early childhood education is an important foundation for all children, establishing the basis for future learning and academic achievement, as well as supporting the development of the social and emotional skills necessary to thrive.
At AHCNS, our school is guided by several over-arching principles and goals. We aim to:
- provide a fun, creative, and educational environment in which children can learn and grow.
- establish well-defined limits of behavior and exercise consistency in implementing those limits.
- use problem-solving strategies to improve student self-control, responsibility for oneself and environment, and respect for others.
- promote mutual respect and sensitivity toward the feelings and rights of others.
- create trust within the classroom and school.
- foster an atmosphere of kindness, consideration, and support towards each other.
- recognize and respect the uniqueness of each child.