About Kensington Nursery School
KNS is a state-licensed preschool affiliated with the Kensington Congregational Church. We have been serving Berlin, Connecticut and surrounding communities since 1972.
Kensington Nursery School's program focuses on hands-on learning in a positive, child-centered environment. Our teachers ensure that all classroom activities are flexible enough to meet each child's needs, while providing a wide variety of learning experiences that help children develop socially, emotionally, and physically as well as cognitively.
What is a "Family Centered" Preschool?
One of KNS's outstanding features is its emphasis on parental involvement. As a family centered preschool, KNS provides the opportunity for parents and parent-substitutes to be involved in their children's first educational experiences. KNS families:
Bring their children into the classroom each day, and return to the classroom for pick-up.
Work in the classroom alongside the teachers approximately 3 to 5 times per year. During this time you may assist with arts and crafts, oversee playtime activities, set up snacks, help with hand-washing and other self-care tasks, provide help with cleanup, and much more. You will actively participate alongside the children in all aspects of their school day.
Supply snacks or drinks for the class on your "work day."
Parent involvement allows KNS to have a 1 to 5 adult to child ratio in the classroom.
A Day at KNS
During their day at KNS, we strive for each child to experience:
social interaction with adults and children of his/her own age group
music and creative movement
arts and crafts, which help develop fine motor skills
gross motor development activities such as outdoor play
a warm, positive environment fostering positive self-esteem.
In short, a typical day at KNS provides opportunities for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. It is challenging yet enjoyable for each individual child. And it always includes lots of smiles! Learn More
Our Head Teachers
Moira Daigle - 3 day classes
"The 2015-2016 school year begins my eleventh year as a teacher at Kensington Nursery School. My two children attended KNS and I served as a parent volunteer for those four years. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Albertus Magnus College, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from the University of New Haven. Each day at school, we explore the world through play in both child and teacher initiated activities. Our hands get messy, our bodies are moving, our faces are smiling and our voices are singing and laughing. And with each new experience we grow cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally. We are getting ready to take on the world (or at least kindergarten)!"
Michelle Cyr - 2 day classes
“Entering my fourth year as Head Teacher for the three-year olds, I absolutely love being part of the KNS family. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Business Management, both from Central CT State University. I am currently certified as a Head Teacher, Birth to Age 5 in the State of CT. In addition to teaching at KNS, I also teach a three-year old class and a science enrichment program for four and five-year olds at a local preschool. I believe that children learn best through PLAY and like to offer hands-on discovery centers, art projects and science experiments to encourage their love of learning. As a child, it is important to be able to use open-ended materials and to experiment with a wide range of ways in which to use them. As a teacher, it is my intent to provide a learning environment where children can comfortably play, experiment, create, and actively participate.”
Lisa Degroff - 3 day classes (Teacher's Aide)
"I have been the Assistant Teacher in the 3 day (4 year old program) at Kensington Nursery School for 8 years. My youngest son attended KNS and I spent 2 years as President and a parent volunteer. I was also the interim director in 05-06. I am a member of the Kensington Congregational Church. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and my CT Head Teacher's Certification. I love the family concept of Kensington Nursery School and I am privileged to be a part of the beginning of your child's educational journey."
Jen Bryant - 2 day classes (Teacher's Aide)
"The 2016 – 2017 school year marks my seventh year as the Assistant Teacher in the 3-year-old program at Kensington Nursery School. I attended Fairfield University and hold Bachelor Degrees in Education and Writing. In addition, I hold a State of Connecticut Teaching Certificate in Language Arts at the secondary level. Both of my children attended KNS. During those four years I served as a parent volunteer and as a Vice President on the Executive Board. I truly love getting to know all of the wonderful children and families who choose KNS each year. It is so exciting to experience a child’s first year of school and to be a part of those first educational steps!"