Westminster Nursery School Registration begins February 1, 2020!
In an effort to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19, Governor Wolf has ordered schools to remain physically closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Because the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost priority, Westminster Nursery School and Kindergarten will be complying with the order and will not be reopening this school year as we had previously hoped. In addition, the Child Development Center and Children's Day-In programs will also remain closed until further notice.
Our Kindergarten program will be following the suggestion of the Department of Education to continue teaching and learning online through the remainder of the school year.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are postponing our Pirate and Princess party until further notice. It is our hope to reschedule the event in the coming months. More information will be posted here when available.
The PA Department of Education has recommended that all licensed private academic schools provide a Continuity of Education Plan. Please see the submitted and accepted plan below.
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Our mission is to create and maintain an educational community which provides the highest quality early childhood learning experiences in a safe, nurturing and creative environment. Through a play based, developmentally appropriate curriculum centered around spirituality, we offer young children an environment filled with discovery. We instill in our children an excitement to be life long learners. WECEP provides children the opportunity to develop social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills. These skills are the building blocks of a strong foundation for future academic and social success.
Westminster Early Childhood Education Programs are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Department of Human Services, hold a 4 out of 4 STARS rating from the PA Office of Child Development & Early Learning and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We offer high quality, full day and part day early childhood educational experiences for children ages 3 months to 5 years old.
Westminster Nursery School opened its doors in the fall of 1958 when Westminster Presbyterian Church recognized the need for a community preschool. Originally, the program enrolled 30 children and offered two classes.
Over the years, we have seen an increase in building size, the addition of indoor and outdoor play spaces, and an increase in class offerings and enrollment. We do, however, remain constant in our goal to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for young children in our community.
We see each student and his/her family as an important part of the Westminster legacy. We welcome you to celebrate our history, enjoy the present, and work together with us to build a strong future for the children and families of our community.
Westminster Child Development Center began operating in January of 1983 with an enrollment of eight children and employing two staff.
Over the years, the demand for high quality child care and education has increased. The Child Development Center grew to six classrooms and an enrollment of close to 100 children.
Our Child Development Center program offers full day (7 am-6pm) care and education of children ages 3 months to 5 years old. Our focus is providing your child with experiences and opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually, while engaging in developmentally appropriate activities.
Our drop in child care program operates 5 days per week from 9am until noon with 2 afternoon sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 12:30-3:30. The program is for children ages 2 to 5 years of age.
Morning and afternoon classes for children 2 years old to Kindergarten. Lunch Bunch and Enrichment classes for children ages 3-5 years old. Programs in session September to June.
Class times are as follows:
Morning classes 9:00am-11:30am
Afternoon classes 12:30pm-3:00pm
Two’s classes 9:15am-11:15am
Pre-Kindergarten ( 4 by September 1)
AM or PM Transition Class
AM or PM 4 day program
AM or PM 3 day program
Pre-School 3s ( 3 by September 1 and
AM or PM 3 day program
AM or PM 2 day program
Pre-School Prep (2 by September 1)
AM or PM 2 day program
AM or PM 1 day prog
Our private kindergarten is licensed by the
PA Department of Education. Two licensed teachers & 1:10 ratio. Our Private
Kindergarten is a half day program meeting Monday-Friday: 9am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3pm. Most surrounding school districts
provide transportation to our kindergarten program.
An enrichment class designed for children enrolled Kindergarten.
Our Little Scholars Program provides a full day program for children enrolled in our Kindergarten. Little Scholars classes include: Reading/Writing Workshop, Mathematics, Cooking Up a Story, Silly Science, Technology and Club K (an adventure/community service club for the Kindergarten age child).
Enrichment classes are themed classes such as art, music, STEAM, fitness or cooking.
Pair a class with Lunch Bunch for a full day at Westminster.
Child care and education, Monday through Friday, 7am-6pm, operating 12 months- 20 hour per week minimum
We accept children into our infant program
at 3 months old.
Our infant/ toddler program is your child's
first step in a lifetime of learning. Our caring and highly trained early childhood
professionals provide a stimulating environment for your
child to explore and thrive.
Our preschool program, for children
ages 3 and 4 years old and are toilet trained,
uses a hands on, play based approach to
Children are encouraged to explore, problem solve, and engage in a variety of fun and
creative learning experiences.
Our preschool & pre K programs utilize Handwriting Without Tears and The Creative Curriculum and align all learning with the PA
Our Pre K is designed to prepare 4 and 5 year old children for more formal learning. By aligning our curriculum to the PA Pre K State Standards we can ensure our children move on to Kindergarten and beyond with a strong educational, social and spiritual foundation.
The program offers children the opportunity to engage in community outings and field trips during the year. Guests such as the Pittsburgh Opera & Alcoson visit to provide an array of STEAM and creative expression activities.
Children's Day In Child Care- Monday through Friday 9am-12 noon and Monday and Wednesday afternoon 12:30-3:30- Children ages 2-5 years old. There is a 12 child per session limit. You must pre-register. Cost is $20 per session for 1 child $10 per session per sibling. For more information call 412 722 4697
Children enrolled in the nursery school or kindergarten program may extend their day from 7am-9am and /or 3pm-6pm. For information about extended day please call 412 835 9450
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WNSK Current Family Registration Instructions (pdf)Download
WNSK New Family Registration Instructions (pdf)Download
Westminster Nursery School and Kindergarten Class Selections 2020-2021 (pdf)Download
Westminster Nursery School Enrichment Class Offerings Flyer (pdf)Download
Kindergarten Brochure 2020 (pdf)Download
Little Scholars Flyer (pdf)Download
Classroom Intake Form (pdf)Download
Stay and Play registration form (pdf)Download
emergency contact form (pdf)Download
2019- 2020 wnsk calendar (doc)Download
Westminster Nursery School and Kindergarten Handbook (pdf)Download
WNSK Tuition Contract (pdf)Download
Tuition Express (pdf)Download
John DeSimone- Board Chair
Shon Worner– Board Chair
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2040 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241, US
07:00 am – 06:00 pm
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed