WPNS creates a nurturing, positive community to allow children and their families the opportunity to learn, communicate, play and grow together. By encouraging children to be active and creative explorers of art, music, literature, nature, and the community, we provide a foundation for acquiring the skills children need to succeed, both now and in the future. Our daily schedules and community events aim to deliver a strong foundation to the children and their families.
Congratulations on being interested in a co-op! At WPNS, your child will benefit from the consistent presence of a group of parents and teachers who love and care for them. You and your family will also benefit from the strong community and relationships that you will build at WPNS. One of the things that makes WPNS such a unique place are the parents - their gift of time, special talents, and dedication to all of the children.
Parents are involved in every facet of the school including participating in the classroom, serving on a committee and keeping the facility operating effectively. Parent meetings serve as a forum for discussion, parent education, current news, and events. In addition, parents serve on the annually-elected Board of Directors which governs the school.
Family events bring together our whole preschool community and are a wonderful way to get to know parents not only in your child's class, but also in other classes. Scholastic Book Fair and Pizza Night, Pasta Dinner Night (put on by the teachers), All School Picnic, Famous Pancake Breakfast at the Woodside Fire Station, pot luck dinners and other fun events have been the foundation of many long-lasting relationships.
Our play-based curriculum for different age groups combines the best practices in early childhood education and philosophy.
Our school environment offers four different interest areas designed to provide challenges that contribute to children's growth and development.
Our program focuses on social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical growth at the individual level.
Our high teacher to child ratio enables teachers to nurture each child's self-esteem, curiosity, imagination, and love of learning. Teachers respect each child's individuality by providing an environment that encourages self-discovery and allows children to learn at their own pace.
Our programs are founded on two core beliefs:
Our foundation rests on the fact that children thrive in a safe environment, and that parents are the gatekeepers/safety vaults.
We encourage parents to actively participate in every aspect of their child’s education.
We strive to provide a fun learning environment where children and families form lasting friendships.
We strive for a diverse community that is united in its commitment to parent involvement in our children’s learning, growth, and development.
Our programs incorporate activities that enhance the community