Frequently Asked Questions

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What curriculum do you use?

We believe that preschoolers learn best through play. Our Reggio Emilia inspired classrooms are child centered and full of child directed play. Our teachers are trained to create environments and experiences that are developmentally appropriate and to provide unique and creative opportunities for our students to play and interact with their environment and one another. We embrace the arts and sciences through hands-on exploration in art, dance, drama, music, math and science. Our teachers help children reach their potential through a learning environment that piques curiosity and supports the building of knowledge in all areas of development.

In addition to a traditional play-based curriculum, the Fours (Pre-K) class weaves the Learning Without Tears, Get Set For School curriculum throughout parts of the day. This program teaches body awareness, crayon grip, letter and number recognition, and capital letter and number formation in a multisensory approach that is developmentally appropriate for 4-5 year olds.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

CNS does not require students to be potty trained. Parents must provide supplies for their child’s diapering or toileting needs. This may include diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and/or an extra set of clothes.

How do teachers handle challenging behaviors?

CNS teachers use reinforcing and reminding language to proactively curb challenging behaviors. When challenging behaviors persist, students will be redirected in an age-appropriate and child friendly manner. Occasionally, students will receive a logical consequence when a challenging behavior must be stopped. Logical consequences are always respectful, related to the behavior, and reasonable.


What are the responsibilities of a co-op member?

Since CNS is a cooperative preschool, we operate differently than traditional preschools. Most notably, our parents rotate as the assistant teacher in the class about 1-2 times per month. Families also provide 10 hours of service to the school each year (15 hours for families with two enrolled students), in addition to holding a school job (baker, playground supervisor, school maintenance, etc.). School jobs are optional for our 2s families and required for our 3s and 4s families. Additionally, our members are required to attend 3 out of 4 General Membership Meetings per school year. CNS is a special place, because all families play an active role in school operations and in your child’s preschool years.

What do I do when it’s my turn to co-op in the classroom?

Co-oping parents arrive 15 minutes early to help the teacher prepare for the day. The parent co-op is the teacher’s assistant and may be asked to set up new activities, clean up the last activity, encourage children to participate during circle time, assist with bathroom breaks, engage children in play, and encourage kind and positive behavior. The co-oping parent brings snack for the whole class. Snack should include a vegetable/fruit and something crunchy. This usually means cut apples, berries, cheese and crackers, pretzels, etc. CNS is a nut free school.

Can an adult other than a parent co-op in the classroom?

We understand parent availability is limited! CNS parents work full-time, part-time, and stay at home. Many families have grandparents, nannies, or other family members co-op in the classroom. All co-oping adults must submit the forms outlined on the File Checklist.


What are the safety/emergency procedures for CNS?

All CNS classes conduct monthly fire drills in addition to biannual off-site evacuation drills. Teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. The external doors to CNS are unlocked during drop off and dismissal and are locked during the school day. If a parent or guest needs to enter CNS when the doors are locked, they must call the office to unlock the door.

What is the history of CNS?

CNS was founded in 1958 by a team of dedicated parents and teachers that were passionate about creating a nurturing learning environment for their children. CNS was and continues to be the only cooperative preschool in Annapolis.

What is the inclement weather policy?

CNS follows Anne Arundel County Public Schools when deciding to close for inclement weather. If AACPS is closed or on a delay, CNS is closed. If CNS is closed for 5 or more days, the school year is extended up to one week, not to exceed May 31.

Where is CNS located?

CNS is located at 926 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. Park in the Eastport United Methodist Church parking lot. Walk along the sidewalk to the far right side of the building to the lower level. The CNS courtyard is at the bottom of the steps and the main entrance is the first door on the right.

Doors are locked during the school day. Please call the CNS office at (410) 266-8064 to enter.

Is CNS a religious preschool?

No, CNS is a secular preschool that rents space at Eastport United Methodist Church.