A Co-Operative Preschool in Saratoga Springs

Katrina Trask Nursery School offers a uniquely positive preschool experience for three and four-year-olds. At KT, we provide an opportunity for your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth.

KT is the only parent cooperative nursery school in Saratoga Springs. A cooperative preschool offers parents the rewarding opportunity to actively participate in their child’s school day on a regular basis. Enthusiastic parental support is one of our schools greatest resources. Through its cooperative nature, children, parents and teachers together create a warm and friendly extended community for the children to grow and learn within.

Philosophy

Learning through Play

Katrina Trask (KT) offers a uniquely positive preschool experience for three and four-year-olds. 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.

Although the children at KT are not formally “taught” subjects such as science and social studies, they learn about these topics through learning activities, materials and programs brought into the classroom. The children gather and use a great deal of subject matter about the natural, physical and social world of home, school and neighborhood.
Those who have not thought much about it sometimes underestimate the importance of a nursery school year. We, however, know the tremendous value of play as a small child’s way of learning.

A child entering nursery school has never worked in the ordinary sense of the word, yet has learned more in his first four years of “just playing” than he will in any comparable period of his life. What appears to be “play” is serious work for beginners and, properly guided, produces important learning for a lifetime.

Why Choose a COOP?

Katrina Trask Nursery School is the only parent cooperative nursery school in Saratoga.
Katrina Trask is a parent cooperative nursery school, where parents and teachers work together for the growth and development of our children.

A cooperative preschool offers parents the uniquely rewarding opportunity to actively participate in their child’s school day on a regular basis. Enthusiastic parental support is one of our school’s greatest resources.

As part of the co-op we ask parents to be helper in the classroom approximately 3 days per year.  On your helper days we ask that parents bring in a snack to share with the class and assist teachers with the day’s activities.
In addition to parent helper days, other parent responsibilities include serving on committees, fundraising, school clean ups, and possibly serving on the school’s executive committee which oversees the daily operation of the school. Teachers and parents work together, pooling ideas, abilities and resources to create an appealing learning environment for the children.

Camaraderie amongst parents is fostered in many ways, whether it be active participation in various committees, or involvement in planning and assisting with school activities.
The cooperative nature of the school make KT a wonderful place to get to know other families through events such as parent coffees, pizza night, Family Pumpkin Carving, Pajama Night, and other events. The KT “family” is a warm and friendly extended community for the children to grow and learn within.

A Nut-Free Environment

Due to the increased prevalence of nut allergies and the possibly severe reactions they can provoke, we enforce a nut-free environment. Nuts are not allowed in snacks or lunches, and are not used in arts and crafts projects. This policy benefits the health and safety of the children in our program.

KT Progams

KT Offers two classes grouped by age:

For 3 Year Olds

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Must be 3 years old by December 1

For 4 Year Olds

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Must be 4 years old by December 1

Curriculum

Both the three and four-year-old preschool programs at KT give children a warm, supportive environment in a comfortable group setting. Activities are carefully planned to offer children a wealth of resources and challenges. KT provides a hands-on, child centered curriculum that facilitates individual growth and promotes curiosity, creativity and confidence while learning. Each week or two, the teachers provide a new thematic unit, responsive to our children’s interests and needs.

At KT, your child will learn to develop a sense of his/her own worth as an individual, manage him/herself, the materials, the routine of the day, taking initiative in planning and doing things, and acquiring self discipline. Develop a pleasant association with learning situations and with school in general. Develop the ability to socially interact with other children with confidence and respect.

KT’s Daily Schedule

  • Parent drop off. This is a time for teachers to greet the children and parents, and parents to say goodbye to children.
  • Free choice activity time – An opportunity for the child to work with a variety of materials, either alone or in a group of other children. There are many interest centers available such as blocks, large vehicles, arts and craft materials, dress up clothes, kitchen toys, a workbench, a water table, a sensory table, a climbing structure, a reading area, puzzles, games, a fish tank, and books.
  • Group time – Conversation, planning, and discussion of the current unit, including dramatization of stories, music, movement and songs.
  • Snack time – Children have an opportunity to pour juice, pass out snacks, hold conversations, and learn manners.
  • Story time – A time for reading books, using the flannel board, and finger plays.
  • Outdoor play – Children have a chance to play on swings, a climber, slides, tricycles, a sandbox, snow shovels, sleds, and more. Children typically play outside every day except when raining or below 20 degrees.

Facility

Katrina Trask Nursery School is located in the Nolan House building of the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church on Circular Street in Saratoga Springs, but is not affiliated with the Church.