Our children are always encouraged to try new things, think out of the box, succeed, fail, regroup and try again. When we applaud the process, respect the effort and value the work as accomplishment itself, we teach children the importance of trial and error. At the same time, we provide emotional support through applause, encouragement and modeling healthy relationships. Early childhood education is not a sterile environment, but rather a well-tuned balance of challenging and loving support of children.

Please visit the various pages herein to learn more about our program, our goals and mission, and how your child can benefit from our unique approach to learning.

Kalie Riordan

Dear NPNS Parents and Prospective Parents,

Welcome to the NPNS website and thank you for your interest in our school. We are very proud of our program and its three keys to success:

• Child empowerment
• A passionate staff that nurtures a love of learning 
• Parent and community involvement

Our inspiration is the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy. This approach i​s rooted in the belief that children are competent learners with a pre-existing knowledge base. Our teachers are companions on the learning journey and the environment is an important prompt through which teachers, parents and the community engage children in the joy of exploration and inspiration.

Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School (NPNS) was established by the Noroton Presbyterian Church (NPC) in 1957 to meet the needs for quality early childhood education for children of NPC and our community neighbors. NPNS is a non-profit, self-supporting program, licensed by the State Board of Health. 

The school is a ministry of NPC and is guided by a volunteer board of directors composed of parent volunteers, the Director of NPNS and a church elder.

 "Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn" 

Thank you to Boulder Journey School for producing this video promoting children's rights and to "The Wonder of Learning" exhibit hosts 2008-2014 (phase one) for their contributions to the video.