About Our School

Established in 1953 as a state-licensed, not for profit school open to any child regardless of race, religion, or national ancestry, San Marino Community Church Nursery School provides a program that offers young children opportunities for social and emotional growth, as well as preparation for kindergarten. Our philosophy is based on what is developmentally appropriate for each individual child and how we can help children reach their potential-socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Children ages three, four, and five learn through active play, exploration, collaboration, inquiry and discovery. The teachers are guides who create an environment that encourages creativity, discovery, and problem-solving. San Marino Community Church Nursery School is a place of joy and laughter- where each child is met with unconditional positive regard.


As a part of the Educational and Spiritual Development Committee of the San Marino Community Church and under the direction of the Nursery School Board, the mission of the Nursery School is to provide a Christian atmosphere that offers young children the opportunity to learn through Developmentally Appropriate Practice. The Nursery School welcomes a diverse population of families and gives each family the opportunity to be involved in their child’s early childhood education. The Director, teachers and families work together to provide the desired outcomes for all children enrolled.


Our philosophy is based on what is developmentally appropriate for each individual child and how we can help children reach their potential socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.  We know that each child has a voice, and we actively listen and encourage children as they navigate their discovery process. Children work with one another to explore their world and actively participate in creating solutions.

We believe that education is a family endeavor. At SMCCNS, families feel supported and nurtured in their child rearing efforts. Our programs are planned with input from families. Our goal is for children to leave San Marino Community Church Nursery School having gained confidence, knowledge, curiosity and age appropriate skills ready for the next step in education.


The school is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. To obtain accreditation, the Nursery School has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, has invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Academy’s criteria, and has been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria.

Apply Today!

The 2017-18 admission application for new students is now available for download! Please download the the form and return it to the school following the instructions on the bottom of the page or complete our online version.