The Northbrook Community Nursery School (NCNS) is a non-profit, non-denominational pre-school that has been in operation for over 60 years. NCNS provides high quality early childhood education in a warm and nurturing environment. The preschool’s core philosophy is that children learn best through play, and the Creative Curriculum utilized in our programs reflects this core belief. NCNS has always been a very active school with many events for the children and parents creating a strong sense of community.

Mission Statement

Northbrook Community Nursery School, through the cooperation of staff, board and parents, is committed to meeting the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of each child. The pre school strives to facilitate this development within a nurturing environment that enables each child to realize his or her full potential.


Northbrook Community Nursery School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This voluntary accreditation system sets professional standards for early childhood education programs, and helps families identify high-quality programs for their young children. NAEYC sets and promotes standards for early childhood education. These standards address areas such as relationships between children and teachers, curriculum, health and safety, and program management. NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. Visit the NAEYC site.

Facility & Security

Northbrook Community Nursery School is located on the ground level with three separate class rooms. The music/large motor activity room is located on the lower level. We have our own large fenced in playground area with a sandbox area, play train, climbing equipment and tricycle path. The exterior doors to the preschool are always locked. All children must be signed in and out daily by their parent or pre-approved representatives.

Management & Policies

The Nursery School is managed by a volunteer parent Board of Directors. Our full-time Director, Gail Nemoy supervises the teachers and the day-to-day operations of the school. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, resourceful, well-qualified staff. 

At NCNS, snacks and drinks are provided each day at a specified snack time. The Director chooses the snacks to be served at the nursery school. All snacks served are free of nuts, nut traces, and nut oils. Birthday celebrations are highlighted with popsicles as a special treat. The staff takes great care in managing all food related allergy concerns in the classroom.

NCNS believes it is important to serve all the children of the community. NCNS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin or disability. All children will be considered for enrollment through our established enrollment process and policies. We urge parents and guardians to discuss any concerns or circumstances regarding their children with the director prior to enrollment.

NCNS is a non-profit corporation, incorporated under Illinois State Law. Our federal tax status is 501(c)(3) – we are exempt from sales tax.

Click here to download the 2015-2016 NCNS Handbook.