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2230 Rock Spring Rd
Forest Hill, MD 21050


Forest Hill Nursery School offers a unique educational program for 2, 3, and 4-year-olds. As a co-op, FHNS parents work directly in the classroom as teacher helpers, and therefore, have the opportunity to aid in the learning process. 

Our Philosophy

Philosophy, Purpose, and Objectives 

Forest Hill Nursery School was established in September 1972 by a group of concerned parents who realized the value of a positive early childhood educational experience. We continue to fill the need for this type of program for our preschool age children. 

As a cooperative nursery school, FHNS is a non-profit organization, opened and administrated by the parents of the preschool children currently enrolled in the program. The parents and teachers work together to guide the children and learning takes place on the part of all involved. 

Our school has two main purposes. First, the children experience a positive preschool environment and have access to qualified staff. Second, the parents learn how they can contribute to the educational process through active participation in the program. 

In general, the parents are responsible for the management of the school and the teachers are responsible for the educational programs. Much of the success of our school lies in the confidence in our teachers expressed by our parents. 

Our school offers an educational environment designed to meet the needs of three- and four-year-olds as they relate to their peers and adults outside their family. Experiences are provided whereby the child may achieve the following objectives: 

  1. Develop positive work habits and attitudes.
  2. Learn to get along with others in work and play.
  3. Respect the rights of others.
  4. Listen when others speak.
  5. Contribute to group experiences.
  6. Meet new situations with confidence.
  7. Develop decision-making skills.
  8. Increase powers of auditory and visual perception.

The specific goals of our program include the following: 

  1. Meet the individual physical and emotional needs of each child.
  2. Develop a good self-image in each child.
  3. Help the children gain an understanding of their social world.
  4. Build strong, healthy bodies, and achieve adequate gross motor development.