Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School

Welcome to Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School!

Since 1959, Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School has been a parent-cooperative nursery school where teachers, parents and children work together to provide a rich preschool experience.

RHCNS is a fully certified, non-profit and non-sectarian community for Rocky Hill, Belle Mead, Montgomery, Princeton, Hopewell, Kendall Park, Kingston, Franklin, South Brunswick and surrounding areas.  We are located in the heart of New Jersey’s historic Rocky Hill Borough, in Rocky Hill’s Municipal Building, and have open space and a wonderful playground.

RHCNS is so much more than just a little Nursery School!

We are also a licensed provider of the  Music Together Preschool program, and a member of Parent Cooperative Preschool International.

Our Playhouse

Our Playhouse

Why Choose a Cooperative Preschool?  

Taking part in a cooperative preschool allows you to be directly involved with your child’s early education. Being able to supervise your child, and the teacher, guarantees your child is safe and with the best teachers anywhere. Interacting with a community of other parents who share your commitment to childhood and receiving modeling by the teacher as you help, gives you opportunities to learn alongside your child. Most importantly, choosing a cooperative preschool gives you extra time to bond with your child and create memories together. Your child will always know that education is important in your family because you live it everyday.

– From Parent Cooperative Preschools International

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Latest Blog Entries

Sep 29

I have been teaching for over 30 years, and a parent for over 27 years.  I’ve seen the “best” way to educate children change several times.  The past few years  I’ve seen academic pressure put on children like never before.

Something people forget: Four year olds were only born 48 months ago.  For approximately 24 of those months, they didn’t speak in complete sentences. How can anyone insist that they should be reading and writing only 24 months later or even 36 months later?  Even worse, I’ve seen pressure for three year olds to read and write their names!  (Yes, some children can.  However, some children can’t read comfortably until second grade, then they excel!)

The alphabet and numerals are tools we use to share information and ideas.  Before a child can share or interpret information, they have to experience life! They must touch, explore, observe, smell, and experiment with  the world around them! They need to share information verbally before they can write about it!

Here is a good example of an appropriate kindergarten readiness activity:


Ok, I know what  you may be thinking: How can this be kindergarten readiness? They’re playing outside!


This is a group of 3-5 year olds, many of them just met three weeks ago. Some of the children decided to build a nest on the ground.  Others wanted  a campfire.  After some discussion (and without adult intervention,) they decided to build a nest.



Dried pine needles were piled up.




Everyone pitched in. The number of children around the tree varied. They talked, gave suggestions,  argued, and came to a consensus.


This big stick is for the birds to perch on.  (Not everyone agreed with the stick placement. Some children wanted it out.  Others wanted it in.  There was a lot of discussion (and disagreements!) about where that stick should be.)


They agreed that it needed to be “sprinkled with decorations.”


The result?  A very tall, well decorated nest made cooperatively!  Although it might be a sparrow’s nest… or a bald eagle’s.  Or maybe they’ll share!

Now, just HOW is this kindergarten readiness?  The children needed to communicate effectively, negotiate, and share information, opinions, and  responsibilities. (Many adults have a difficulty with this, and these are 3-5 year olds!)

Let’s look at the New Jersey State Department of Education Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards 2014

Here are the standards that were met:

 There are five preschool standards for social/emotional development:

Standard 0.1: Children demonstrate self-confidence.

Standard 0.2: Children demonstrate self-direction.

Standard 0.3: Children identify and express feelings.

Standard 0.4: Children exhibit positive interactions with other children and adults.

Standard 0.5: Children exhibit pro-social behaviors

Speaking and Listening

Preschool Standards

Participate in conversations and interactions with peers and adults individually and in small and large groups.

  1. a)  Follow-agreed upon rules for discussions during group interactions.
  2. b)  Continue a conversation through several back and forth exchanges.


Begin to understand the conventions of standard English grammar when speaking during interactions and activities.

b) Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
c) Form regular plural nouns.
d) Understand and use question words (e.g.,who, what, where, when, why, how).

e)Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, by, with).

f) Begin to speak in complete sentences.

g) Understands and can follow simple multi-step directions.

There are four preschool standards for approaches to learning:

Standard 9.1  Children demonstrate initiative, engagement, and persistence.

Standard 9.2 Children show creativity and imagination.

Standard 9.3 Children identify and solve problems.

Standard 9.4 Children apply what they have learned to new situations.


Respond to and use positional words (e.g., in, under, between, down, behind).


Standard 5.1:  Children develop inquiry skills.


Standard 6.2: Children become contributing members of the classroom community.




“Just” playing?  Absolutely not!

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Sep 24


“There’s no place like RHCNS! There’s a warmth and sense of family that makes it different from other places. It’s not daycare, it’s a second home for your child- where they feel welcome and like a valuable part of a larger community.  They learn how to be important and kind- and ABC’s!!! It’s a perfect way to introduce a child to the idea of “school” where they can grow at their own pace and know that they are loved.”
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Sep 11

This is the first year I’m offering home visits for all new students before school starts.  I’ve done some before, but only if the child REALLY needed it!

I am having such fun!

I’ve learned about T-Rex, Star Wars and lightsabers.

Dinosaurs and trains.

Minnie and Mickey Mouse, and Doc McStuffins.

I’ve been served coffee, cookies, mint and lavender ice cream, and a felt taco.

I’ve watched children jump and twirl while talking to me. I’ve been introduced to very important parts of their lives.  I’ve even been invited to a sleep over!  (While I was flattered to get the offer, I said that I thought Mr. Linden might miss me, but I’d love to have a pretend sleepover in school!)

I even had one little guy show me a two inch stop sign from his train set, and said, “Stop!”  As I was leaving, he put it in front of the front door.  I asked, “Did you put the stop sign there to keep me from leaving?” He gave me a big smile, and said, “Yes!”

Home visits will definitely be a regular start to our school year from now on!  Hurry, Wednesday, I can’t wait for school to start!


Hi Thomas!



“A fashion show with boats!”



“Val and Hug are holding hands!”

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Aug 24

First of all, we’ve had to say a fond farewell or our wonderful assistant, Mrs. Lisa Stock.  She and her family have moved to Colorado.  She will be missed!

Fortunately, we have another former helping parent (we really like this place, some of us come back for more!) Randi Kydonieus will be joining us this year!

Mrs. Randi Kydonieus (Assistant Teacher) received her BA in Elementary Education from Rowan University. After college, Randi taught kindergarten for two years at Kiddie Academy in Freehold, NJ. She then began working at Creative Learning Center, a private school in Shrewsbury, NJ. She remained there for the next 9 years where she taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and was the Assistant Director of the learning center. After giving birth to her first child, she decided to stay home and raise her children. Both of Randi’s children attended RHCNS and she was able to work in the classroom then, as helping parent. Now that both of her children are in elementary school full time, she has decided to come back to the RHCNS classroom, this time as an Assistant Teacher. She adores children, the way their minds work, and how enamored they become with learning about the world around them. Her passion and excitement for what she does is contagious!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Also new for this year: Bi-monthly trips to Mary Jacobs Library! The library is just a short walk for us, and since all enrolled families are eligible for library membership, this will be a wonderful opportunity for the children to get even more exposure to books, take out their own books, and even at times have story time with a librarian!

We are reaching out to others in the community in addition to the firefighters, rescue squad and State Police officers.  I can’t reveal the plans yet, but stay tuned!

One of the amazing things about this area in which we live, there are so many wonderful opportunities for children to learn about their world with first hand experiences!  We like to take advantage of what’s available to us. The best part?  Parents have input!  Do you have an idea for us?  Let’s hear it! Do you have a special job or talent?  When my son attended, there was a dad who made prosthetic arms and legs, and brought them in to show the children!

Family, Community, and Exploration.  That’s Rocky Hill Co-op!

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Aug 09

So it’s really fun at Rocky Hill.  And it’s fun playing with play dough there. It’s also fun with the sandbox.  And it’s also kind of a little bad when you gotta line up cause I don’t really like doing that. And I have friends there. We play. It’s very fun playing on the playground, making house cookies in the sandbox.  The teachers are fun when they help.  We learned about mealworms. They can crawl out of their skin and grow into new skin. I saw one crawl out of its skin and it has new skin already on it.  It becomes a beetle. School is fun!  Now can I type?

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