Our History & Philosophy

The Mendham Cooperative Nursery School has been in operation for more than 50 years

It began as a project of the Mendham Junior Women’s Club in 1959. The school’s objective was to provi
de an early childhood education for local children utilizing parental involvement. In 1959, there were approximately a dozen students and one teacher. Today, the Co-op has grown to serve more than 50 students from Mendham and nearby communities, including Chester, Randolph, Morristown, and Bernardsville. 

Throughout its history, the Co-op's goal has been to provide a comprehensive preschool education in an atmosphere in which a child can develop cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally.  

To achieve this goal: 

  • Each child is helped to develop a positive self-image by learning to enjoy himself or herself as well as others through free play and group activities.
  • Each child is encouraged to experiment with new materials and take part in creative play and artistic expression.
  • Each parent is encouraged to participate in his or her child’s education.  Parents have the unique opportunity to observe their children in school, to know their child’s classmates and participate in the learning process.
Our goal is to send forth a child who will be able to knock on the kindergarten door with eagerness and confidence.