We are a cooperative preschool offering programs for 2-, 3-
and 4-year-olds.

At Silver Spring Nursery School, teachers and parents work together to provide a secure, relaxed atmosphere where each child can progress at his or her own pace. Our professional award-winning teachers, assisted by the parents, set the educational stage, guide the group unobtrusively and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness and freedom within carefully set limits.

'A co-op nursery school is driven
by a powerful sense of community
that comes from parents, teachers
and children learning together.'

            -- Janise Allyn-Smith
           Director, Silver Spring Nursery School
Our program allows children to learn through play and to create an environment that is supportive and stimulating. Our goal is to help children to develop a healthy sense of identity and self-esteem by discovering their emotional, intellectual, physical and social strengths.

We offer a developmentally appropriate environment that is rich in possibilities for exploring, enhancing their curiosity, learning flexibility, understanding differences, learning problem solving, thinking creatively, making choices, and accepting responsibilities.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a class visit, please email our Membership Chair.

We are no longer accepting applications
to our waiting list for the 2016-2017 school year
Save the date for our Open House
on January 11 & 12, 2017
Click here for more information.

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Ms. Jennifer (4's Teacher) received the 2014 National Award for Outstanding Teacher at the Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI) conference.

Jennifer DeBernardis has been working in the field of early childhood education for decades and has been teaching the 4/5's class at Silver Spring Nursery School for almost 15 years. She is a passionate, dedicated teacher who goes above and beyond in everything she does. She develops respectful relationships with each individual child and provides a stimulating and creative classroom and curriculum.

Jennifer has worked in Maryland as a State Licensing Representative and acts as a Trainer, Consultant and Mentor to other teachers across the nation. Her work as Co-President of the Potomac Association of Cooperative Teachers is far-reaching, dedicated to cooperative learning and the dissemination of that knowledge. Jennifer serves on the PCPI board, and is the Chair of the Marika Townsend Travel Grant program.

“We are so fortunate to have her at SSNS.  I am blessed to call her my co-worker and my friend,” said Janise, Director of SSNS.

Three cheers and many thanks to Ms. Jennifer for her dedication and love!