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Welcome to Niskayuna Co-op Nursery School

Where Great Minds Are Born

Outdoor play on the NCNS playground
NCNS Marble Fun
NCNS Craft
Reading a book together during reading time.
Close up of a NCNS preschooler on the outdoor playground
Nature based play with the climbing trees
Play based craft

Dont Miss Our Upcoming Open House

April 24th 2024

12:30-1:30 & 6:00-7:00

Our Roots

For over six decades, Niskayuna Cooperative Nursery School (NCNS) has been a pillar of early childhood education, proudly serving families in Niskayuna, Schenectady, and Albany counties. Our rich history reflects our unwavering commitment to nurturing young minds and fostering a lifelong love of learning.

Niskayuna Coop Nursery School class marching in the Niskaday parade.
Preschool fun with free play and structured activities

The Co-op Preschool Model

A Community Oriented Approach to Early Childhood Education

In a co-op preschool, parents are not just spectators in their child's educational journey; they are active participants, making up the school's administration and sharing the classroom with their little ones during helper days. 


This hands-on approach allows parents to witness their child's first steps into the world of learning, fostering a deeper understanding of their child's unique learning styles and preferences. It's a chance to be a part of their child's "a-ha" moments, sharing in the joy of discovery and celebrating their progress.


Family Involvement:

A Front-Row Seat to Your Child's Learning

Co-op preschools offer parents a unique opportunity to participate in their child's first steps into the world of learning as classroom helpers. 


Community Oriented:

Building Bonds Beyond the Classroom

Co-op preschools often cultivate a strong sense of community among families, creating a network of support beyond the classroom. 


Making Early Education Accessible

Co-op preschools are often more affordable than traditional private preschools, making early childhood education accessible to more families.


Play Based Learning:
Having Fun While Learning

Most co-op preschools emphasize hands-on learning experiences that allow children to explore, experiment, and discover at their own pace. This approach fosters a love of learning and helps children develop important skills such as problem-solving, creativity, and social interaction.

Why Niskayuna Co-op

Group art activities are part of the class structure
Whiteboard with daily preschool schedule - Free play, bathroom, snack, book time, circle, outside, go home
NCNS Alternate Logo

We understand that choosing the right preschool for your child is a significant decision. With so many preschool options available, it can be overwhelming for parents to find a program that aligns with their values and provides a high-quality education at an affordable cost.


NCNS stands out as an exceptional choice for families seeking a nurturing, affordable, and community oriented preschool experience.

At NCNS, parents become active participants in their child's education, creating a unique cooperative learning environment. Together, we cultivate a nurturing and enriching preschool experience that sparks curiosity, promotes exploration, and encourages social interaction.

Our experienced teacher guide our young learners through a play-based curriculum designed to ignite their imaginations, foster creativity, and nurture self-confidence. We believe in providing a high-quality education that is both affordable and accessible, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive.

NCNS Class Openings

  • Tuesday and Thursdays | 9AM - 11:30AM

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 9AM - 11:30AM

  • 5 Days/Week | 9AM - 11:30AM


About Our Teacher

Nurturing Young Minds: Meet Pam Ober

Preschooler feeding goats during a class outing

Pam Ober is the kind of teacher who makes preschool a blast. With over two decades of experience, she's a seasoned pro who knows how to make learning fun and engaging for little ones.

Pam's passion for education started way back when she was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching kids in Ecuador. This experience not only gave her a deep appreciation for diverse cultures but also fueled her love for igniting young minds. 

With her Masters in Education and Bachelor's in Early Childhood and English Literature, Pam taught for 10 years in Cambridge and Roxbury, MA before moving to upstate New York. There, she became an active parent at NCNS with two kids attending the preschool. Drawn to the Co-op's parent-involved approach and its emphasis on play based learning, she made the natural transition from parent to teacher.

With a hands-on, creative, and socially-focused approach, Pam creates a classroom where kids feel like they can conquer anything. Her infectious enthusiasm and belief in each child's potential make learning an adventure they'll never forget.

Wall art by the 4yr old class at Niskayuna Coop Nursery School
NCNS Painting fun

Locally Run By Parents

The Niskayuna Co-op Nursery School stands out for its unique governance structure, where parents make up the board and administration. Parents who are deeply invested in their children's education bring a wealth of perspectives and experiences to the school's leadership, ensuring that decisions align with the best interests of the children and the community.


 852 Ashmore Ave, Schenectady, NY 12309




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