The South Congregational Church Nursery School (SCCNS) is a co-operative pre-school for 3 and 4 year olds.

Nursery School Director: Donna Sahlberg

our phone number: 860-569-8053
our e-mail address:

The classrooms are located in the educational wing of South Congregational Church at 1301 Forbes Street in East Hartford, CT.

Please note, however, that it is NOT necessary to be a member of South Congregational Church or even be a member of the Christian religion. ALL children are welcome; and religious training is not part of our curricula. While it uses the facilities of South Congregational Church, SCCNS is not affiliated with the church.

Our nursery school was founded in 1958 and has been in continuous operation since then. We are founded in the belief that a nursery school's primary purpose is to help each child develop a positive self image, feel confident in his or her abilities, respect the feelings and belongings of others, and to feel loved and comfortable in possibly his or her first experience away from home.


Our program is designed to provide a happy, loving and creative environment away from the nuclear family and to enrich the lives of the children involved by promoting curiosity and encouraging initiative and discovery. We are a co-op nursery school where parents have many opportunities to get involved in their child�s preschool experience, which we hope is enjoyable for you all.

Class size is limited to 20 children in each of 2 classes with three adults present at all times. (Two teachers and a parent-helper.)

About the Co-Op System

Parental interest and cooperation is essential to achieve efficiency and help maintain the infrastructure. Each family is expected to participate. A responsible relative, or a person the child is familiar with, is required to assist in the classroom 6 days per year.

Some of the ways in which parents are expected to participate in the co-op are:

  • Baking for holiday parties
  • Providing beverages and paper goods
  • Equipment repair
  • Sharing your talents (piano playing)
  • Washing smocks, play dishes or dress-up clothes

This type of system benefits the children and the school. It helps to keep the parents actively involved and aware of the many activities in which their children are involved.

Health Requirements

State law requires that a nursery school child has a current physical health form completed by their doctor before they are permitted in school. Physicals are valid for one year and will need to be updated annually.

All children who attend South Congregational Church Nursery School (SCCNS) must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hib, influenza and varicella. All children must also have a TB screening. Medical and Religious Exemptions will be accepted. Religious Exemptions must be notarized.

Our Staff

The nursery school is staffed by a director, qualified teachers and a treasurer. This dedicated staff meets regularly to discuss the curriculum and how they can best relate to the children involved in the program.

Staff members belong to the National and Hartford Associations for the Education of Young Children. The nursery school teachers attend appropriate workshops and lectures on early childhood education.

All staff members are required to complete a standard, state approved, First Aid Course and a CPR course every two years. Three staff members are certified to administer medication.

The staff is always available to confer with parents about their children�s adjustment to the nursery school environment.

In addition to the paid staff, the school is run by a Nursery School Committee of unpaid church members. Their names and numbers are available from the director should a parent have a question for the governing board.

Class Schedules

Three-day session for three year olds: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Options for four year olds:
Three-day session: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 9:00-12:00 p.m.
Five-day session: Monday thru Friday - 9:00-12:00 p.m.

The nursery school year begins the fourth week of September and runs through the week before Memorial Day, an eight month program.

The nursery school is closed for vacations, holidays and weather-related events in which the East Hartford public school system is closed.


A registration fee of $45.00 is due when your child is registered for a nursery school class. This reserves a place for your child. It is not refundable, and does not apply toward tuition.

Two payment plans are available:

A. Semi-annual 3 day program: $760.00 due in September and $760.00 due in February.
B. Semi-annual 5 day program: $1200.00 due in September and $1200.00 due in February.
C. Monthly 3 day program: $190.00 due and payable on the first day of each month, October through May.
D. Monthly 5 day program: $300.00 due and payable on the first day of each month, October through May.

Final Note

SCCNS is open for tours by interested parents and children. Please call ahead so our staff can advise you as to the best time and day for a visit.

Thank you for your interest in our program!
Please call 860-569-8053 or send an e-mail to for additional information.

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