Nook Classes

With a team of early childhood development specialists and parenting coaches, we curated a set of classes and workshops that recognize and engage all members of the family. Our programming acknowledges that at this stage everyone is learning and growing, so we balance a focus on early childhood development milestones with attention to your growth in the role of parent and caregiver. And we make sure it’s fun too!

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Program Descriptions


Prepped: Preschool Preview

Recommended Age: 2 years

Just yesterday they were learning to crawl, and now they’re on the brink of their ABCs. How do you prepare them for the transition to school? How do you prepare yourself? Designed and led by Nook’s resident early childhood development specialist, Prepped prepares 2-year-olds for routines, independence, and group participation, by recreating the typical preschool classroom and schedule. Join us for one session or sign up for more — we'll explore a different theme each week (see the Summer 2019 class schedule below). (60 minutes, 3 sessions, Tues-Wed-Thurs, Parent/Caregiver Participation Required)

$115/week/child, at Nook Ballston Quarter, includes Open Play

* Registration to Prepped also includes complimentary registration to a parenting-coach led workshop (date TBD) where caregivers will receive advice and strategies to help prepare for the real thing, guidelines on how to discuss the transition with your child, and tips on dealing with emotional drop-offs and school resistance.


Mini Monet: All About Art - June 18, 19, 20

Building Buddies: All About Construction - June 25, 26, 27

Tree Huggers: All About Nature - July 9, 10, 11

Vroom Zoom Choo: All About Vehicles - July 23, 24, 25

Babble Buddies: A facilitated playgroup featuring monti kids

Recommended Age: 0-12 months


85% of the brain is formed by age 3, and yet most formal schooling doesn’t begin until then. Led by Nook’s resident early childhood development specialist, Babble Buddies recognizes the importance of this time in your baby’s growth. In a relaxed playgroup setting, this 4-week series will give tiny ones the tools for meeting milestones and parents an unhurried space to ask questions about their little one’s progress and development. The classes will feature toys from our friends at Monti Kids, whose mission is to empower you to fulfill and expand your child’s potential by delivering the world-renowned Montessori curriculum right to your home. (30 minutes, 4 sessions, Parent/Caregiver Participation Required)

social climbers: a movement & Socialization class featuring wiwiurka

Recommended Age: 12-24 months


Have you ever seen a one year old sit for an entire class? Neither have we. In Social Climbers, “on-the-go” is our motto. Facilitated by Nook’s resident early childhood development specialist, this class will give one-year-olds the freedom to move about the classroom, practicing gross motor skills and socializing with new friends. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to not only engage active toddlers in a fun morning activity (hello long afternoon nap!), but also bring questions on their child’s development. This 4-week series will feature wooden climbing equipment by our friends at Wiwiurka, makers of Waldorf, Montessori, and Pikler-inspired play furniture. (30 minutes, 4 sessions, Parent/Caregiver Participation Required)