History of Katrina Trask
Katrina Trask Nursery School found its very first roots in 1929, when a preschool playgroup was organized by the Skidmore Department of Home Economics. During the 1940s it evolved into a full-day childcare program, and by 1968 it became a cooperative nursery school chartered by the State of New York Education Department.
Who We Are Today
Today, Katrina Trask has maintained its commitment to existing as a cooperative nursery school. Parents, teachers and the director work together to offer a nursery school program that endorses the philosophy of learning through play. The parents and the director serve as the administrative body, responsible for heading committees that insure the successful daily operation of our school. The teachers are responsible for creating and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports learning through play. The school thrives on the sense of community that it creates through this model.
Informally known as “KT,” the school offers a 2 year-old program (Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30), 3 year-old program (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:00) and a 4 year-old program (Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 to 12:00). All of the programs are headed by Lead Teacher, Patricia Wildermuth and Assistant Teacher, Suzanne Gowen (pictured below). At KT, we provide an opportunity for your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. We believe that children learn through play. Following that philosophy, KT provides activities which promote growth in all areas of development, providing opportunities for learning through a variety of play experiences while at the same time providing them with the readiness they need in preparation for kindergarten.
Lots To Do!
Young children thrive on routine and rhythm and a typical preschool day at KT begins with a morning circle and welcome song. In addition the daily schedule includes singing, movement, stories, engaging art projects, free play, painting, and shared snack time. The cooperative nursery school is also committed to outdoor play time on our school playground, weather permitting. Here the children enjoy a variety of activities such as gardening, raking, riding tricycles, swinging, pulling sleds and shoveling snow.
KT families appreciate the cooperative element of the school and the chance to be involved in their child’s education. This cooperative spirit is supported by inviting parents to be classroom helpers and serving on committees together. Parents are encouraged to be involved. KT, at its core, is really a family!
How Do I Sign Up?
If you are interested in learning more about Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School, we invite you to set up a time to take a tour of our school. We currently have openings in both our 2’s and 3’s class. In January 2016 we will have openings available in our 4’s class.
Contact Katrina Trask:
24 Circular Street
Saratoga Springs, NY
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Check out our website for more information on the school or consignment sale at www.ktnurseryschool.org.
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