About Us

About the Nursery School and Children's Center

About the Nursery School and Children's Center

We are a campus early childhood program serving approximately 34 preschool children each year.

The Nursery School and Children's Center is one early childhood program with a unified philosophy.  For the first year, the youngest children (3 years old) are enrolled in the children's center.  For the second year, the older children (4 years old) are enrolled in the nursery school. Throughout the year, our two groups of children and teachers come together for celebrations, meetings and play.  We also combine the age groups daily in the late afternoon for mixed-age playground games and projects.

Who is Eligible

Our mission is to provide high quality early education and care for the campus community.

The program is designed to be a two year experience for children ages 3, 4, 5.  We serve children during the preschool years before they are eligible for Kindergarten.  Due to limited space and licensing constraints, we are not able to accept children early (before they are age eligible for preschool) and are not able to keep children beyond 2 years (once they are age eligible for Kindergarten).

Hours of Operation

  • The program operates during Fall and Spring semester (September-May) and is open Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30 to meet the needs of faculty and staff working at Bard College.
  • In June, a 4 week mixed age group program is offered as well.
  • The program is closed in July and August.


Contact the Nursery School

The Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School
Carol Murray, Director

Contact the Children's Center

The Bard Community Children’s Center
Kristine Williams, Director