About Nazareth Nursery
Nazareth Nursery Montessori School follows The Montessori Method and classes are multi-age (2 to 6 years old) to encourage a family-like spirit of curiosity on the part of the younger children, and a helpful spirit on the part of the older children. Imitation rather than rivalry prevails. The older children learn as they teach the younger children. The child that teaches gains confidence and self-reliance.
Nazareth Nursery Montessori School has rolling enrollment, and accepts applications for families of all faiths.
Our preschool and kindergarten occupies two brownstone buildings on West 15th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. There are three classrooms each set up according to the Montessori philosophy for the “prepared environment.” Classrooms have space for individual work, group projects and “quiet time.” Each classroom has a small library and reading corner. Children may choose to work at tables or on rugs on the floor, depending on the activities in which they are engaged.
There is a secure outdoor playground in the backyard. Weather permitting, the children have up to three supervised outdoor play periods during the day.
Nazareth Nursery Montessori School was founded in 1902 by Father Henry Van Rensselear as the Nazareth Day Nursery. Its mission was to serve under-privileged families and provide healthful, safe daycare to children of working mothers. Several generations of accomplished men and women began their journeys in our preschool, including the daughter of the Servant of God Dorothy Day, renowned social activist and founder of The Catholic Worker.
The original Articles of Incorporation included the following goals:
- to provide for the education and maintenance of needy children of working mothers
- to nurse the sick and poor in their own homes
- to distribute medicine, food and clothing throughout the community
Nazareth Nursery Montessori School’s current mission is to provide excellent daycare and early childhood education for the children of families in the New York City’s metropolitan area.
Each child is recognized as a unique individual with intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd further advances the child’s sense of self-worth as a child made in the image and likeness of God.
As a consequence, each child will learn to respect himself, other people, and the environment. It is hoped that each child will develop within himself a life-long love of learning.
Nazareth Nursery Administration Staff