"That’s the one on Hillside Place? I did go there. You could hammer nails into wood blocks. I still am"
"My kids went there (CNS) many years later. It was a great place then. I love that so many lasting friendships were formed in those early days."
"I am an alumni also and also remember banging nails into blocks. I also vaguely remember my father working on the play structure but these are very distant memories albeit fond ones "
"I remember hillside (CNS), just barely. I remember loving it."
"I got sent home (my mother had to pick me up) one day for biting Mark Rodman. Apparently, the teacher told my mother that I was appropriately defending myself from bullying behavior, but that, in the future, I should probably not bite people. (Just hit them instead?) I actually have no memory of this, my mom told me about it years later. I do remember nap time. Loved nap time. I think there were cookies and milk involved. "
"Many of our years at CNS were politically turbulent times and it always calmed my soul to know that we had a special little house on a hill where children sang songs about little green frogs and great horned owls. A place where the wooden blocks on the playground were built into submarines, barricades, obstacle courses, and more. A safe haven where the children played countless imaginative games, many of which did not make sense to adult minds. There were beads and glitter and sequins and paint and I didn’t have to clean it all up!
At CNS they worked on sitting still during mealtimes and expressing their feelings in constructive ways, which was so hard at times, but that is what our amazing teachers were for. For four years I had the pleasure of knowing that, as I went about my day, my children were in a secure and truly loving place, being challenged and supported as they learned the business of being 3- and 4-year-olds.
Luckily, we caregivers got to experience the magic of the CNS community too. For us, CNS provided so much, ranging from a quick dose of adult interaction in days filled with the rigors of caring for small children to a safe space to discuss the most challenging parenting (and life) issues. We enjoyed a community of caring, engaged, and authentic parents and professionals."
"CNS teachers would always scatter little beads around the playground for kids to find. It was so simple, but they just knew some kids would love hunting for them. I can't think of anyone who could have possibly enjoyed it more than our daughter, Ginny. Ginny would routinely come home with 10-15 beads in her pockets, shoes, socks, backpack...you name it! Eventually I would bring them right back to the school to scatter all over again! It was all about the hunt!"
Cambridge Nursery School
6 Hillside Place
Cambridge, MA 02140
CNS is committed to welcoming a diverse community. CNS does not discriminate in its enrollment or hiring with regard to a person's race, ethnic and national origin, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, political beliefs or disabilities. Toilet training status is never a consideration for enrollment.