About Our School

Community Nursery School is a state-licensed preschool offering non-denominational classes, 2 or 4 sessions per week. It does not offer a Day Care program or provide transportation. CNS is open to children ages 3-5 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, political persuasion, handicap, or ancestry.

CNS is a nonprofit organization, governed by a Board of Directors, composed of volunteer parents. We provide 4K (4-5 year olds) instruction as a Community Partner of the Appleton Area School District.

It is our intent to provide your child with a warm, positive, "first school" experience. We want him or her to form a positive self-image, learn how to get along with others, and be exposed to many new and varied experiences.

There are two 3K (3-4 year olds) classes offered. One meeting Monday and Wednesday mornings and another meeting Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The classes meet for 2 hours and 30 minutes twice a week. Children must be three on or before September 1st of that school year. The maximum class size is 14 students and is taught by one teacher and an aide.

There are two 4K (4-5 year olds) classes offered. One class meeting in the morning and another meeting in the afternoon. The classes meet for 3 hours 10 minutes, Monday through Thursday. Children must be four on or before September 1st of that school year. The maximum class size is 17 students and is taught by one teacher and an aide.

Our Teachers

**All teachers meet WI Department of Health and Family Services licensing requirements and complete at least 20 hours of continuing education per year. Our staff is also certified in First Aid and Infant/Child CPR.


3K Teacher
Carrie Schuh has been the 3K (3-4 year olds) head teacher since 1997. Mrs. Schuh is the mother of three active children who have grown up way too fast. Her children started their educational journey at CNS and are now in middle school, high school and college. Mrs. Schuh spends her time away from CNS volunteering various places and keeping up with her family’s busy lifestyle. Her education background includes attending UW-River Falls majoring in Education and Psychology and Early Childhood courses at UW-Oshkosh. She encourages all children to feel comfortable and excited about learning and playing with their new friends at CNS.


4K Teacher
Amy Dugan has been the 4K (4-5 year olds) head teacher since 2010. She is a St. Norbert College graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood education with an emphasis in Adaptive Education (PK-9). Mrs. Dugan is the mother of three children and enjoys volunteering in their classrooms and cheering them on in their many activities. Mrs. Dugan is devoted to truly getting to know each student, and strives to create a warm and inviting classroom where children love to learn.

**We all strongly believe in the philosophy of our school.

To quote Fred Rogers, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is the real work of childhood."

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