Nan Slygh, the first director of Pilgrim, in what is now the Square &  Diamond rooms.

Nan Slygh, the first director of Pilgrim, in what is now the Square &  Diamond rooms.

Pilgrim Community Nursery School was established in 1966 to provide a quality preschool program as part of the Pilgrim Congregational Church Outreach Program. The initial program had two classes for 18 three and four-year olds.

Now, over 50 years later, about 100 two to six-year olds attend classes in the morning or afternoon in six classrooms.

As Early Childhood Educators, Pilgrim Community Nursery School believes:

  • Early childhood programs should be planned to stimulate the balanced growth of a child: physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.
  • Each child has a unique rate of development which should not be hurried or forced. Different levels of development and ability are expected, valued and accepted.
  • Play is an important part of the early childhood learning experience and should be reflected in the daily schedule. Children learn by doing, imitating, experimenting and questioning.
  • Young children learn best through self-selected, hands-on experiences and active participation with their environment. An environment rich in sensory motor experiences encourages a child to see and experience more.
  • Intellectual development should be approached in a developmental manner with emphasis being placed on process rather than product. Language stimulation is an integral part of all experiences provided.
  • Guidance in an early childhood classroom should include positive reinforcement, firm and consistent procedures and individual and group problem-solving which encourages the child to move toward self discipline, independence and responsibility for their actions.
  • Parents and families are an important part of each child's life and should be actively involved in their child's education.