Haight Ashbury Community Nursery School

Our Program

HACNS offers a half-day, parent-run nursery school program for approximately 24 children between 2.9 and 5 years of age. Hours of operation 9:30am until 12:30.

Each morning, Cocoa and four parents set out engaging and developmentally appropriate projects and materials. Children are free to direct their own play while they are at school, indoors and outdoors. We join together for a song and a snack mid-morning, and at noon for lunch.

Activities and Enrichment
HACNS has an impressive outdoor space, bikes, gear, dress-up clothes, and more. We bring music, sports, and other enrichment to our front door, and head out for a field trip once a month. More...

Parent Participation

A parent is required to work one day per week from 8:45 am -1:15 p.m. Once a month each family is responsible for supplying a snack for all the children and parents on their workday, in addition to coordinating a project for the children.

Membership Meetings
One parent per family must attend a monthly membership meeting, held in the evenings. In addition, there are several other parent education events throughout the year that are mandatory.

School Job
As a parent-run cooperative, each family is responsible for performing a job throughout the year. Jobs include the school offices (president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary) as well as other support functions such as purchasing, alumni relations and maintenance.

School Maintenance
Each family is required to attend three, four-hour maintenance days per school year which are focused on the upkeep of the school facility. They are typically held every other month during the school year on a Saturday morning.

Each family is required to participate in several mandatory fundraising events throughout the year, which support the school's operations and fund items such as scholarships, music and other enrichment programs. Additional fundraising activities include event support, raffle ticket sales, soliciting donations and participation in fundraising programs such as eScrip.

Recently in 2009 we completed the roofing above the patio area and built redwood planter boxes.


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