Regarding Covid-19:  

BHPCNS is currently closed due to the corona virus. We are planning to reopen in the spring time. Please contact the school for information on a spring reopening registration process, registering for the 2021-2022 school year, or participating in our annual summer camp programming.             

About Our Nursery School

Founded in 1957 by Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, BHPC, parents, the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School, BHPCNS, has grown into a respected pre-school of choice in Bethesda and surrounding communities. Each year BHPCNS welcomes almost 200 – 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds between September and June to join our play-based programming.  Our long tenured 

and dedicated teaching staff guides the children as they develop their interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, social-emotional, and critical thinking skills in a joyful, fun, and loving environment. Through play, music, the arts, and nature, BHPCNS lays the foundation for children to become life-long learners.

BHPCNS, a preschool of excellence with an international enrollment, is open to children of all races, faiths, ethnic backgrounds, and nationalities.

The school is located on the lower level of the BHPC building. In addition to our indoor classrooms, Rainy Day Room, and other spaces within the building, BHPCNS takes advantage of the 6 plus acre BHPC campus. Our children play on the 3 large and fully fenced playgrounds. Let their imaginations soar at our Outdoor Discovery Center, ride bikes, play with chalk, balls, scooters, and more on our blacktop, play on games and build with giant blue blocks on our fields, and explore our Children’s Garden completed with bird feeders and vegetable gardens.

Whether our children are exploring in their classrooms or while playing at our many outdoor areas, there are so many opportunities for our children to PLAY, GROW, and LEARN

Programs Available

Two-Year-Olds: This loosely structured program provides our youngest students with opportunities to interact with peers in small group settings as they explore their natural world through activities which stimulate their emotions and cognitive growth.

  • Programming options for two-year-olds:
    • Monday-Wednesday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.
    • Children in the 2-year-old program are eligible to participate in our Early Morning with Bradley Bear program between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and our Lunch Bunch program between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • For children who turn two between September 1 and December 31, BHPCNS runs a Young 2s’ program beginning each January.

Three-Year Olds: The three-year-old program guides children as they grow from being me-centric little ones into collaborative and imaginative play partners. Through creative play-based activities, the children are exposed to a myriad of concepts to develop their social and pre-academic skills.

  • Programming options for three- year-olds:
    • Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Monday-Wednesday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Children in the three-year-old programs are eligible to participate in our Early Morning with Bradley Bear program between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and our Stay and Play programming between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

Four-Year-Olds (Pre-K): BHPCNS’ programming in the Pre-K year continues to build a child’s interpersonal, leadership, and independence skills while focusing on the pre-academic milestones in preparation for more structured kindergarten programming when the children start their formal school years.

            -Programming options for Pre-K students:

    • Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Monday-Wednesday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
    • Children in the Pre-K programs are eligible to participate in our Early Morning with Bradley Bear program between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and our Stay and Play programming between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

Special Programs

Two-Year-Old Programs: Music, Creative Movement, and Singing

Three-Year-Old Programs: Spanish (bi-weekly), Science, Music, Creative Movement and Singing

Four-Year-Old (Pre-K) Programs: Spanish (weekly), Science, Music, Creative Movement, and Singing

Special Events are held throughout the school year for all students –from fire trucks and fire engines to musical performances to visits from some furry and not so furry creatures.

(All curriculum enhancements and special events are provided at no additional cost.)

Liz Sobrino, Director

Lsobrino@bhpcns.org

301-365-2909

www.bhpcns.org

Carolyn McCauley

Assistant Director

Cmccauley@bhpcns.org

Financial assistance

Available through the Alla Johnson Scholarship Fund established by the Nursery School Board.

For more information or to schedule a tour:  Visit the BHPCNS website, bhpcns.org. Or contact the school Director, Liz Sobrino, at Lsobrino@bhpcns.org. Or call the school office at 301-365-2909.