Welcome! I am excited to be the director here at St. Mark's because I so deeply believe in the uniqueness of the experience that it offers. As a former parent here, I feel I have a unique ability to explain to you what makes it so special.
St Mark's Nursery School's is rooted in sound research that developmentally appropriate opportunities for play based learning and socialization will provide each one of our children the strongest foundation for future success. We are committed to fostering what research and years of experience has shown; that when children are cared for in a safe and nurturing environment, where they are encouraged to explore and take risks, they actually learn more.
Being a "cooperative" sets our school apart from all the rest. Our school is run by the families whose children attend classes. A cooperative nursery school represents the joint effort of parents and educators to provide young children with the best possible experiences for growth and development. Getting to spend an entire class or "special day" with your child as you watch them grow, learn, and interact with their environment and other little ones is an enormous gift to parents and caregivers. It is an opportunity that you seldom have as your little one enters elementary school. I have so many parents come back and tell me that St. Mark's was the best choice they ever made. As they started grammar school and realize that interaction with classroom life is rare, parents come to appreciate their special days and moments at St. Mark's all the more. And children continue to talk about their time at St. Mark's well past their "moving up" ceremony.
We have a highly trained staff who are dedicated to the partnership with our parents. This enables the best possible care and education for your child. Our head teachers hold Masters in Childhood Education and go for many trainings and classes throughout the year to stay on top of the latest and greatest in Early Childhood Education. The primary goal of St. Mark's Nursery School is for all of the children to develop a sense of self-worth, self-confidence, independence, and initiative. We recognize each child's uniqueness and encourage him or her to solve problems, experiment with materials and build healthy social relationships. We believe that the emotional well being of children makes a big difference in how little ones succeed in any early childhood education program. If children form a warm, secure relationship with their early education teachers, research has shown that that relationship predicts better performance in thinking skills from the early years all the way up through the teenage years. These children also get along better with their peers and others in years to come. It is this belief that forms the basis of our St Mark's community. Together, parents and teachers are working for the highest educational standards.
We are a family here at St. Mark's and we care for the whole child, building a foundation for happy, socially comfortable individuals who are ready and excited to learn. I welcome you and your family to our community, so please call or come in today!