Our Mission

Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School is committed to early childhood education, fostering the healthy emotional, social, intellectual and physical development of young children.

We believe young children learn best through engagement with stimulating materials, interaction with peers in small groups, and relationships with responsive and loving adults. We have carefully planned a warm and nurturing play-centered environment that encourages creativity, exploration, problem solving, independence, positive peer interactions and a sense of community.

In partnership with parents and families we cultivate each child’s uniqueness and strengthen self esteem through the development of skills, interests, and socialization. We understand the creation of active, life-long learners to be rooted in a child’s positive sense of self, as well as their continuing and joyful curiosity.

Our Beliefs

We believe all children, families, faculty and staff deserve an open, safe and mutually respectful school community in which they are seen and valued as an important and equal member.

We believe the early childhood years are a unique stage of human development and should be protected and grounded in play, exploration and self-expression.

We believe all children are capable, competent and born ready and wired to learn.

Profile of Greenhouse Student

A Columbia Greenhouse student is:

Capable, competent, confident and brings a lively mind to new learning situations.

Actively seeking information, connections and understanding, all while sharing their own ideas, thoughts, questions and plans through rich and varied methods of self-expression.

A skilled collaborator that can work with others in pursuit of their shared-interest.