What is a Coop? A cooperative nursery school offers parents the opportunity to be closely involved in their child’s early education. Parents help in the classroom on a rotating basis and serve on the Board or a committee (time commitments vary and there are small roles for even the busiest of families). Interacting with teachers, other children and parents makes for a rich and rewarding experience for the entire family.

At what age can children enroll? Children who will be 3 by December 31st can enroll in the 3-day class. Our Pre-K program serves children who turn 5 during the summer or fall of the year.

What is the teacher/child ratio? The 3-day and 5-day classes enroll 16 children. There are always two teachers and one parent in the classroom; at times the Director is another pair of hands. The Pre-K class enrolls 14 children and has two teachers. One day a week there is a parent helping in the Pre-K room.

Does my child need to be toilet trained? No, but we are happy to assist if you are in the midst of training.

How do you handle allergies? Bowen has been a nut-free school for 14 years. Some years there are children with multiple allergies and each classroom adjusts its curriculum to accommodate these issues.

Do you offer a full-day program? No, we do not offer a full day program, however we do offer an extra hour of lunch bunch one day a week beginning mid-year.

How does drop off work? Certainly, in the early days of school, parents are welcome to stay until the child feels comfortable. Once school is under way, parents usually stay to settle the child into an activity and then say their good-byes. After drop off, there are usually parents chatting in the big room with a cup of coffee while toddlers play.

How does Bowen build community? Community at Bowen is very special. Bowen offers many opportunities for interaction between children, parents and teachers. Each day the school is open for coffee and conversation before and after drop off. Teachers greet children and answer questions from parents. Being on the Board or a committee introduces one to another group of parents from other classes. Social events (for parents only) are scattered throughout the year as well as optional play dates for children and parents. Each month Bowen holds a workshop geared for parents of preschoolers – sibling rivalry, reading readiness, what to expect from kindergarten, etc.

What sets Bowen apart from other preschools? The community that Bowen builds between home and school is unique. Often when the director meets parents whose children attended Bowen in years past, these alumni say they are still friends with the families they met when their children were young. Come see for yourself!

Where do most Bowen families live? Bowen families come from all over Newton – we have families residing in each of the thirteen villages. We also have families living in Waltham, Needham, and Natick.