Our Classes

At Open Gate Nursery School we believe that a rich, active environment is the best stimulus for children’s development in all areas and that it is through play that children best learn about themselves, others, and the world around them. The philosophy is to motivate and challenge the most advanced preschooler without putting pressure on children in a different stage of development, or with different interests. With the exception of small group time and circle time, children freely choose their own activities with a balance of time spent indoors and out. Structure and transitions increase as children progress through the program.

Programs and Fees | Parent Participation

2-Day Class

Teacher:  Teacher Kristina

Time: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The 2-Day program focuses on a child’s first experiences at school. These include separating from parents, independently choosing play, sitting with peers and serving themselves snack, socializing with peers, and basic conflict resolution.

Must be 2 years old by September 1st*


3-Day Class (Ages 3-5)

Teacher: Teacher Kristi
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.

The 3-Day program is mixed-aged.  Preschoolers learn best when they feel safe and secure in their environment, can connect what they learn with past experiences and current interests, and have opportunities to explore and play. This developmentally appropriate program meets the needs of children intellectually and socially, in addition to experiences for large motor, small motor, and language development. The integrated curriculum provides children opportunities for learning language and literacy skills, mathematics and science, social studies, art, music, dramatic play, and movement.

Must be 3 years old by September 1st*


Pre-K Program

Teacher: Teacher Kristi
Time: Thursday 12:30 – 3:15 p.m.

The additional Pre-K class gives the children in their final year of preschool an extra afternoon to continue building on all the skills they are gaining during the multi-age 3-Day class time. More transitions and structured group times are added in for Kindergarten readiness. Additional Pre-K experiences include discussion, public speaking with monthly shares, and more in-depth thematic lessons over the course of the year.

Must be 4 years old by September 1st* and must be enrolled in 3-Day Class.


Lunch Bunch

Teacher: Teacher Kristi
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.


*Children who do not meet the age cutoff may be eligible to enroll based on teacher approval on a case-by-case basis.