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Griffin Nursery School is a play-based nursery school with a social-emotional emphasis, where children’s interests and concerns drive their activities. We are currently closed due to the Shelter-in-Place order.

Our Morning Preschool serves children approximately 2.6 through 3.11; our Afternoon Prekindergarten is tailored for 4- and 5-year-olds; and our Extended Day Program for several children of each age group, accommodates families that need full-day care. Please arrange a visit to see our school!

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ADMISSIONS: childrens artwork
Interested families are welcome to call us any time of the year, but our enrollment process for each school year doesn’t begin in earnest until after the preceding Thanksgiving, when we begin to arrange one-on-one visits with interested families. Our visiting times are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9am to 9:45am. Please call Director Betsy Nachman at (510) 845-2025 to make a date.

Our Application/ Information Forms can be downloaded here:

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Dr. Elinor Fitch Griffin, a clinical psychologist and early childhood educator, founded Griffin Nursery School in 1955. Dr. Griffin opened one of the first student-directed schools for preschool children, convinced that this age group was especially suited for self-directed exploration.

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