Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School has been nurturing young children in Winchester for more than 40 years. In 1969, a group of parents dedicated to cooperative education founded NCNS, with one teacher and fifteen students meeting in the basement of the Second Congregational Church. In 1972, the school moved to its current home in the First Congregational Church, although NCNS has no religious affiliation.
From the beginning, NCNS enlisted parents to work alongside teachers in the classroom and a parent-led board of directors to run the school. Our core philosophy and commitment to small classes have remained the same, but our programs and facilities continually evolve based on the needs of our membership and our community.
Our cooperative always has attracted a creative and loyal staff, many of whom first came to NCNS as parents. We honor the contributions of two long-serving educators by awarding scholarships in their names.
Each year, NCNS grants the Betsy Brickley Scholarship to a graduating Winchester High School senior who attended NCNS and demonstrates a dedication to community service. Betsy, one of our first teachers, taught at NCNS for more than 20 years. In addition, NCNS has established a scholarship to honor Janice DiPerna. Jan served as NCNS' Executive Director for 21 years before retiring in 2011. The scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming NCNS student or students who would otherwise not be able to attend.