The Co-op Way
The Co-op Way
play-based learning in a supportive community
For over 60 years, Niskayuna Co-op Nursery School has been a unique center for early childhood education. With play-based learning, an experienced teacher, and a wonderful community of families and alumni, the Co-op is the best way to support your children as they begin their education and socialization.
combine learning, socialization and fun!
Tuesday & Thursday
Must turn 3 by Dec. 1st
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Must turn 4 by Dec. 1st
What Makes Us Unique
Our classroom is thoughtfully curated to nurture a child's natural curiosity and desire to learn. Play-based learning has been shown to dissolve the differences of at-home and in-school learning, making the transition easier for children.
Each child will have one of their favorite grownups attend class periodically. The children enjoy sharing their learning and playing, while the grownups are able to observe their children amongst their peers.
Our students and alumni are able to participate in additional classes and camps geared towards developing specific interests such as S.T.E.A.M., nature, drama, etc. Camps run in either a series meeting once a week, or a week-long camp over a school break.
What really makes our community special is the social aspect. Our students enjoy scheduled summer play-dates, community dinners, and other special events throughout the year.
Frequent Outdoor Play
Our classroom extends beyond the walls of our school and into our community garden and playground. The students learn about nature, biology, agriculture, all while exploring their outdoor space and gross movement skills like climbing, running and jumping.
The Co-op itself is made up of a community who collaborate on special events, fundraisers, creating and amending rules. There are committees for each task and an executive board that meets monthly.
Pam Ober, M.Ed.
Ms. Ober, the keystone of our community, has a Masters in Education and has been teaching for 20 years in various locations, including New Hampshire, Boston and Ecuador. She has taught students in preschool, elementary, special education, and high school. She loves to travel, read, and learn new things in her free time. Ms. Ober also have three children of her own – two of whom attended the Co-op.