Mission & History
Princeton Nursery School (PNS) is an educational preschool and child care facility for children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5 years. Located at 78 Leigh Avenue , PNS is nestled in the heart of the John Witherspoon community of Princeton, Mercer County, NJ.
Celebrating 89 years of service to the community, it is the mission of Princeton Nursery School to provide a quality preschool education program and child care for families in need, providing a diverse environment and a broad array of support services. Each classroom has a minimum two teachers, including one who is bilingual.
Founded by Margaret Matthews-Flinsch in 1929, PNS has been laying the groundwork for brighter futures for children and families by offering affordable child care and an excellent preschool experience for nearly nine decades. Originally conceived to help working mothers who had to make a choice between the income they so desperately needed and the care of their children during working hours, PNS was unique at its inception.
Following the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, PNS provided the children of working mothers with an appropriate educational experience—encouraging development of the whole child.
Today, an Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school. Certified teachers support the development of the whole child. The governance and control of the property and affairs, as well as the direction of the school is vested in a Board of Trustees. It remains affordable for families, with a sliding-scale tuition based on income and family size.
Multicutural from its inception, our diverse student population reflects the community of which we are proud to be a part. As we celebrate 89 years of service to the community, we remain committed to the “life of the imagination” that was and still is a fundamental belief of Margaret Matthews Flinsch.