our co-op community

A SCHOOL FOR FAMILIES

Why Bowen?

Founded in 1955 in Newton, Massachusetts, we are one of the longest-running cooperative nursery schools in the country: not just a school for children, but a school for families. At Bowen, everyone has a chance to learn and grow, make lifelong connections and become deeply involved in the preschool experience.

A COMMUNITY OF FAMILIES

  • Our co-op model provides a unique hands-on educational experience

  • A school that addresses the needs of the entire family

  • Supportive, engaged community encourages lifelong friendships for both children and parents

PLAY TO LEARN

  • Serving 2.9-5 year olds through 3-Day, 5-Day and Pre-K

  • Smaller classes and compelling 5:1 child-adult ratio (7:1 in Pre-K)

  • Play-based, emergent curriculum, encouraging social, emotional, and intellectual development

  • Highly qualified, EEC certified teachers

TRANSITIONAL PRE-K PROGRAM

  • For older 4's and younger 5's who miss the kindergarten cutoff, or could benefit from another year of preschool

  • A challenging and enriching curriculum, in a supportive, play-based, and child-focused environment

  • Pre-K phonics program

WHAT IS PRE-K?

For those with birthdates in September through December, or children who could benefit from an extra year at Bowen, transitional kindergarten or "Pre-K" is a great choice to build a strong foundation. 

"We found an extended family. Every moment I spend in the classroom is so worthwhile. I feel connected to my child's learning process!" 

LINDSEY, 3-DAY PARENT

Meet The Teachers

Karen Solari

3-Day Lead Teacher
 

Karen is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She received her BA

in Education from Wheelock College, and taught Kindergarten through Grade 3 in Newton for

8 years.

Cathryn Costello

5-Day Lead Teacher
 

Cathy is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She received her BA

from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her Master’s in Education from Wheelock College.

Caroline Silva

5-Day Lead Teacher
 

Caroline is an EEC certified  Teacher. She received her BA in Early Education and Sociology from Queens College, and has worked in early childhood settings for over 10 years. 

Emily Carroll

Pre-K Lead Teacher
 

Emily is an EEC certified Lead Teacher. She received her BA from Amherst college, her Master's in Fine Arts from NYU, and her Master's in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. 

"The quality of teaching at Bowen is simply unbelievable. They care so much about every child." 

ANNA, PRE-K PARENT

BOWEN YARD SALE CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, Bowen's annual yard sale, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020, has been canceled. We look forward to seeing you and your donations next spring.