Preschool

nursery school

nursery school, educational institution for children from two to four years of age. It is distinguishable from a day nursery in that it serves children of both working and nonworking parents, rarely receives public funds, and has as its primary objective to promote the social and educational adjustment of children, rather than to provide a daytime child-care service. The first nursery schools were opened in London in 1907. Pioneers in nursery school work in the United States were the State Univ. of Iowa; Teachers College, Columbia Univ.; Smith; and Vassar. Early American nursery schools were often sponsored by and affiliated with local universities. The Eliot Pearson School (opened in the 1920s as the Ruggles Street Nursery) is one of the oldest schools of its type and is still affiliated with Tufts Univ. Few public school systems include nursery education; the facilities offered are chiefly private, philanthropic, or cooperative.

See H. M. Christianson, The Nursery School: Adventure in Learning and Living (1961); K. H. Read, The Nursery School (5th ed. 1971).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Promise of Preschool: From Head Start to Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Elizabeth Rose.
Oxford University Press, 2010
Effects of Preschool Curriculum Programs on School Readiness: Report from the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research Initiative
National Center for Education Research.
United States. Education. National Center for Education Research (U.S.)., 2008
Understanding the Preschooler
Reudene E. Wilburn.
Peter Lang, 2000
As the Twig Is Bent--Lasting Effects of Preschool Programs
Consortium for Longitudinal Studies.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1983
Preschool and Early Childhood Treatment Directions
Maribeth Gettinger; Stephen N. Elliott; Thomas R. Kratochwill.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992
A Curriculum for the Pre-School Child: Learning to Learn
Audrey Curtis.
Routledge, 2002 (2nd edition)
Educating the Young Thinker: Classroom Strategies for Cognitive Growth
Carol Copple; Irving E. Siegel; Ruth Saunders.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1984
Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Activities: Involvement and Satisfaction of Families and Teachers
Paro, Karen M. La; Kraft-Sayre, Marcia; Pianta, Robert C.
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring-Summer 2003
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The Psychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children
Bruce A. Bracken.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004 (3rd edition)
Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment
Rebecca DelCarmen-Wiggins; Alice Carter.
Oxford University Press, 2004
Preschool Children's Friendship and Peer Acceptance: Links to Social Competence
Lindsey, Eric W.
Child Study Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3, September 2002
Pretend Play as Improvisation: Conversation in the Preschool Classroom
R. Keith Sawyer.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997
Parent Involvement in Preschool: Predictors and the Relation of Involvement to Preliteracy Development
Arnold, David H.; Zeljo, Alexandra; Doctoroff, Greta L.; Ortiz, Camilo.
School Psychology Review, Vol. 37, No. 1, March 2008
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Designing Early Literacy Programs: Strategies for At-Risk Preschool and Kindergarten Children
Lea M. McGee; Donald J. Richgels.
Guilford Press, 2003
Engaging Young Children in Mathematics: Standards for Early Childhood Mathematics Education
Douglas H. Clements; Julie Sarama; Ann-Marie Dibiase.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Standards for Preschool and Kindergarten Mathematics Education" and Chap. 20 "Mathematics Guidelines for Preschool"
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