"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul."
". . .each time one prematurely teaches a child something he could have discovered for himself, that child is kept from inventing it and, consequently, from understanding it completely."
"The nursery school is a place where children are given back some of the things modern life has tended to take away from them."
-Edith M. Dowley, Founding Director of Bing Nursery School
Each year 450 children, ages two to five years, are enrolled in the school. The school operates on the Stanford academic calendar and also offers a 7-week summer session. Children are enrolled in half day, morning or afternoon sessions of 3 1/2 hours for the nursery school program or 2 1/2 hours for the two-year-old program.. The school employs a teaching staff of 40 professionals comprised of Head Teachers and Teachers. In addition, selected Stanford students who have taken the sequence of psychology classes that meet at the school are hired as classroom assistants. The administrative staff consists of the Director, Assistant Director, Business Manager, Enrollment Administrator, and Office Assistants. Strong fundraising on the part of parents and friends makes it possible to grant scholarships of $250,000 per year for children who would otherwise be unable to attend. The school has a strong multi-cultural make-up based on the inherent diversity of the University community and on our continuous outreach to the surrounding communities in order to include minority children. Children of Stanford faculty, staff, and students receive a 20% discount on tuition. From the time the school was built, emphasis has been placed on providing children the opportunity to learn social skills and enhance their cognitive abilities by exploring the natural environment and interacting with each other under the guidance of skilled teachers.
The Two-Year-Old Program encourages the growth of independence and social awareness, sensory exploration, the development of physical skills and language development. Children play in a planned indoor and outdoor environment designed to provide a variety of materials to explore. Once a child is comfortable in the group environment, seeking out teachers for support and developing increased peer social skills, the teachers and parents may plan for parent-child separation on an individualized basis.