The Norwood Cooperative Nursery School, Inc. offers a child-centered, teacher-guided preschool experience. At NCNS, children are provided with ample opportunity to learn through play. Play is a medium through which children learn about themselves and the world around them. We define classrooms as communities where children are provided with concrete learning materials and activities relevant to their own lives.
The Norwood Cooperative Nursery School, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonsectarian preschool serving Norwood and surrounding communities. The school was established in 1962, incorporated in 1978 under Massachusetts State Law and gained tax-exempt status in 1980. NCNS is licensed in Massachusetts by the Department of Early Education and Care.
Our school is located at 24 Berwick Street in Norwood, adjacent to Berwick Park, occupying the lower level of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church since 1983.
With the growing consciousness of peanut-allergy in the general population, NCNS is peanut-free.
Norwood Cooperative Nursery School’s Philosophy
The philosophy of our preschool program begins with the recognition that each child is a unique person, developing at his/her own pace toward the fulfillment of his/her own promise and abilities. The environment is critical in providing a safe, yet challenging, space for the child to experience positive growth in all facets of development, including social, physical, emotional and intellectual. Our preschool promises to guide each child through the developmental stages, honoring interests and abilities along the way while recognizing children’s unique learning styles and applauding each child’s special gifts. No two children will chart the same course!
Parent Involvement is Key!
A cooperative means working together to benefit all; therefore parental involvement is an essential part of our program. Parents enrich the school program by assisting in the classrooms and contributing hobbies, ideas, talents, and customs. Parents also help outside the classroom by serving on the Board of Directors and by participating in fundraising events or on a committee. The children love to share their school with their parents. The combination of a child-centered program with highly-qualified and dedicated teachers and parent participation has contributed to the warm and caring environment of our school.
Our teachers have been carefully selected to meet the high standards set by our school. With many years of classroom experience, most hold degrees in Early Childhood Education. We are also fortunate to have teachers on staff with long tenure at the school.
Most of our teachers have also sent their own children to the school and have experience from a parent perspective as well. The staff values parent involvement as a way to be more effective and they work in partnership with our parents.
Shauna Parkinson, Director
Shauna joined the staff in 2013 teaching in the three year old classroom, and is now the Director as well as a teacher in the 3 year old program. Shauna is also a past parent of the school. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University, and holds a Director’s license from the Massachusetts Department of Early Childhood Education and Care. Previously she taught elementary school in Westwood. Shauna lives in Norwood with her husband Rick and two children, Nick and Ally.
Megan Davey, 3 Year-Old Teacher
Megan joined the staff in 2009 and was a parent of an NCNS student. Previously, she spent 7 years teaching preschool in Waltham before moving to Norwood. She graduated with honors with a business degree from Siena College in NY and has an Early Childhood Certification from the Massachusetts Department of EEC. Currently, Megan lives in Norwood with her husband, Lou, and two children, Caroline and Georgia.
Nancy O'Neil, 4 Year-Old Teacher
Nancy joined our staff in September 1998 and is a past parent at NCNS. She attended Cape Cod Community College where she studied Liberal Arts and Early Childhood Education. Nancy has since taken various college courses and continues to pursue her love of early childhood education by attending workshops and courses related to this field. Her teaching experience has been in both the 3 and 4 year-old classrooms, Lunch Bunch, Friday Fun, “June Bugs” summer program and “Cooperative Kids” toddler program. Nancy resides in Walpole with her husband, Ed and son, Brendan.
The climbing structure in the 3-year-old classroom is dedicated to the memory of founding parent Carol Lockwood.
Learn more about what made this former parent and Board member so special
Norwood Cooperative Nursery School is one of the longest running nursery schools in Norwood. It was founded in 1962 by a small group of parents with a desire to provide a caring and exciting first school experience for children by establishing a cooperative relationship with dedicated teachers and committed loving parents. NCNS has been at its current location since 1984 in the lower level of the Emmanuel Luther n Church opposite the picturesque Chapel Street Park and is convenient to the suburban communities of Westwood, Walpole, Dedham and Medfield.
The climbing structure in the 3-year-old classroom was dedicated to the memory of Carol Lockwood, a former parent and Board member in the earliest years of NCNS, on Sunday, January 25th 2004. All of us at NCNS feel privileged to honor Carol in this very special way. Carol was very dedicated to the school and her early vision of the “cooperative” nature of the school became the model that we are still using today. The plaque, which is mounted on the structure, remembers Carol as “founding parent, wise mentor, and true friend of children and the Norwood Cooperative Nursery School”.
Norwood Cooperative Nursery School
24 Berwick Street
Norwood, MA 02062
Across from the Chapel Street Common.
Adjacent to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Licenses & Partnerships
The Norwood Cooperative Nursery School is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The school is a member of the Norwood Community Partnerships for Children Program and the Early Childhood Educators of Norfolk County.
Website Photography Credit
Many of the great photographs of our facility, staff and children seen within are the work of Boston area based Judith Sargent Photography
For several years Judi Sargent has helped our school fundraising efforts – learn more.