Charlestown Nursery School is the kind of school parents expect, educators celebrate and children adore. Our pioneering curriculum celebrates the great potential of young children, with the goal of nurturing self-motivated, life-long learners.
Our emergent curriculum is play-immersed, but far more than "play." It is a series of expertly guided investigations that grow from the children's own interests, that immerse them in the process and joys of real discovery. Consistent evidence and experience have demonstrated that this approach allows children to consistently exceed the usual educational standards, and to simultaneously develop a joy in learning that will serve them for a lifetime.

A learning community

Each classroom has two master teachers and an intern, and sometimes, a parent partner. Our low teacher-to-child ratio allows for one-on-one engagement and thoughtful observation. Each member of the teaching staff has outstanding experience, advanced training or degrees, and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our faculty spend an hour on research and development for every hour they teach.

At the forefront of early education

Just fifteen years old, we have already found our place at the forefront of early education. We have partnerships with several universities, including the BU Child Cognition Lab, Boston College, Harvard's Laboratory for Developmental Studies, and Tufts. We are also a training location for student teachers, a preferred site for various research institutions, and are engaged in partnerships with international schools. We have been featured in several books, articles, and documentaries. We also regularly welcome educators from around the world to observe and to share best practices.

Visit us

We welcome you to visit so you can experience our research-driven, Reggio Emilia-inspired program firsthand, and to meet our highly-trained teachers. Tours in 2020 for the 2021-2022 school year are optional. Drop by for a tour (9 AM at Harvard Mall on Thursdays in October), or schedule a visit.


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