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At East Side Nursery School young children learn by doing.

We believe that learning is an interactive process that requires active thinking and experimenting. As educators we set the stage for children to learn through child-initiated, child-directed, and teacher-supported activities. These activities encourage each child to explore, experiment, and grow at his or her own rate of development.

The East Side Nursery School educational program is based on the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards.

Our program is play-oriented and based on a free-choice environment. During activity time, children choose from among several interest areas (art, dramatic play, blocks, small manipulatives, and science) that allow them to explore and learn at their own pace. View this short video to learn more about a typical day at ESNS.

To see a typical ESNS day by viewing this video.

We offer a two-morning-per-week program for children that have turned 3 years old by September 1st of the year they begin school. There are 16 children in this class with two teachers and a helping parent present each day the children meet.

Our three-morning-per-week program is available to children who have turned 4 years old by September 1st. There are 18 children in this class with two teachers and a helping parent present each day the children meet.

Tuition is remaining the same for the 2014-15 school year! It is $2,300 for the 3-year-old program and $2,840 for the 4-year-old program per year.

Daily Hours
Our day begins with dropoff between 8:45 and 9 am and ends with pickup between 11:45 and 12 noon.

Extended Hours
We’re excited to offer the following extended hours starting in September 2014:

  • Lunch Bunch: Now offering the option to stay for lunch every day, Monday through Friday, until 1:00 p.m. Children bring their own lunches. Cost is $10 a day. Drop-in.

  • Extended Day Program: For our 4 year-olds, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 2:30 p.m. Cost is only $10 with advance sign-up or $15 for drop-in.

Advance sign-up is recommended to reserve a spot. Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.

School Year

The school year runs from mid-September to mid-June. Holidays and vacations in most cases follow the Providence Public School schedule.

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