Admissions Overview


Children and parents alike spend a great deal of time and energy at CNS. For those parents who are committed to the cooperative philosophy, the benefits are enormous. Our admissions procedures reflect the interactive nature of the school. We hope that they give you the opportunity to closely examine the unique qualities of our program. When your family joins CNS, you are making a commitment to the school just as the school is making a commitment to your family. As a cooperative, CNS operates only with the active involvement of every parent member of its community.

The purpose of the application process is for you to establish whether CNS is the right school for your child and your family. After visiting our website or reading our literature, those interested in continuing through the process make an appointment to visit CNS for an individual information session. This may be done virtually or in person, and will be scheduled at the discretion of the Director. The information session will last no more than an hour. Parents meet with the director for an exchange of ideas. We explain our educational philosophy as well as the obligations of all families who participate in our program. Parents have a chance to ask questions and share their expectations and goals for their children. We then take you on a tour of the school so that you may see the classrooms and grounds.

After your visit to CNS, you should have a better sense of the school and its appropriateness for your child and family. Applications will be made available at this point. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee which must be returned with the application. All written applications received by January 15th will be included in our lottery for admission entry in the fall. The order in which applications are received before the lottery is of no consequence. If openings remain after the lottery is conducted, they will be filled utilizing a waitlist.

Preference in selection is given to siblings and returning families to the school. The number of new openings is then determined. This varies greatly from year to year. The final selection for the remaining openings – after sibling placements have been established – will be made by lottery from those families who have completed the application process. Families will be notified by late January of admissions decisions. To fulfill the enrollment process and secure a spot in the program, families submit a signed enrollment agreement and tuition deposit in February.

Community Nursery School does not discriminate in hiring, employment, or admission practices on the basis of race, color, cultural heritage, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.

To learn more about CNS, we invite you to review the CNS Parent Handbook. By reading the Parent Handbook, you will find out what it means to be a part of the CNS community. It contains detailed overview of our school history, philosophy, policies, enrollment procedures, daily life of the school, communication, as well as details regarding the greater CNS organization, including its governing board and bylaws.


Tuition 2022 - 2023 

2 Days/Week: $4,760.29
3 Days/Week: $7140.43
4 Days/Week: $9520.57
5 Days/Week: $11,900.71
*Tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is based on a school year calendar running from September - June.
2023-2024 tuition rates will be made available early winter 2023.

Tour Schedule

2023-2024 Admissions kicks off in early November!

**Fall Open House**  11/5/2022

9:30 -11:30 AM

Tours run ~45 minutes long and are offered in person on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, or by appointment. Applications are made available at or after the tour. Please email to schedule your visit.

CNS is fully enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year and will be accepting applications for all ages

(2.9 - 5 years old) for the 2023 - 2024 school year beginning at our Admissions Open House on Saturday November 5th, 2022! We look forward to hearing from you.