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Manhattan Beach Nursery School Welcomes You

A family-participation preschool cooperative serving the community since 1956


About MBNS

Manhattan Beach Nursery School is a family preschool cooperative that has been committed to supporting and nurturing the growth of children and their parents since 1956.  We provide a play-based, self-directed and child-led learning environment for children from ages 2-6 with an emphasis on nonviolent communication methods and experiential play.


Our Philosophy

We believe the purpose of our nursery school is to provide:

  1. A social environment that supports children's psycho-social development (inclusion/exclusion, power/vulnerability)

  2. An emotional environment that is supportive, empathetic and loving for children beginning the process of separation from caregivers

  3. A play-based child-centered, child-led environment that recognizes and respects children's innate curiosity and creativity by offering a safe and supportive environment for children to take the physical, emotional and cognitive risks that encourage their growth

Our purpose is reflected in the attitudes of adults towards children. At MBNS, children are trusted and respected. We do not use shame, punishment, or extrinsic rewards as a means of control. Limit setting is based on developmentally-appropriate expectations. We offer tools such as non-violent conflict resolution, problem solving, and effective communication skills to facilitate psycho-social development. We value time spent outdoors and recognize the importance of experiencing nature to its fullest! Children are free to choose how and when they want to engage with our indoor and outdoor spaces.

Our Programs

MBNS offers several preschool programs throughout the school year, which runs from September-June. We also hold additional programs like our Summer Program or our Toddler You and Me Program. Program placement is based on age at enrollment, program availability and your child's unique needs and development. All programs require family participation of one morning per week on campus.


Younger Group

Our Younger Group is for children ages 2-3 years old. The group meets from 9:30am-12pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays. A family member is expected to participate one morning per week on campus as part of their Family Post assignment.

Older Group

Our Older Group is for children ages 3-5 years old. This group meets from 9am-12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A family member is expected to participate one morning per week on campus as part of their Family Post assignment.

Extended Day

Our Afternoon Program is for children ages 4-6 years old. This group meets from 9am-3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Now Enrolling!
Summer Session at MBNS

Come Play with us this Summer!


Our Summer Session will be run Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-12:00 from July 9th- August 1st. There is a one day per week Parent/Family participation component. 


Tuition for the summer session is $288.

Email or fill out our Contact Form to connect and tour.

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