Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Janet Gillilan founded CCNS in 1962. She felt that the existing nursery schools were too regimented and focused on academic learning. Janet Gillian’s concept for the nursery school was to foster what she termed “readiness”. “Readiness” means learning to develop healthy relationships with others, learning how to operate appropriately within the school structure, and learning how to respond to new situations as they occur. “Readiness” stresses broad-based experiences and new encounters upon which new abilities can be built. It focuses on exposure to diverse art projects and stories, lots of different people, novel social situations, and enriching field trips. The hope is to foster curiosity as well as to teach children how to share, get along with others, and express themselves verbally.

The school’s educational philosophy emphasizes developmentally appropriate experiential learning rather than formal academics. Children are encouraged to manipulate, experiment with and discuss materials and concepts that directly relate to their own lives. Peer and adult interaction in these activities enhances the development of social skills. Play is instrumental in socialization. Class field trips provide the opportunity for children to further explore their environment-from school and neighborhood to the city and its natural surroundings.