Bethesda Nursery School

Founded in 1961, Bethesda Nursery School is a small, private nursery school in New Haven, Connecticut, that serves the families of three, four, and five year-old children. We are a nonsectarian, non-profit organization that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and licensed by the State of Connecticut.

Bethesda Nursery School fosters a vibrant, diverse community of children, families, and teachers, where everyone is welcome and the joy of learning is shared. Our program is based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practice and supports the growth of every child in a safe and enriching environment. Children are encouraged to develop and learn through play. Our school recognizes the importance of partnership between home and school and promotes collaboration and connection between school, families, and community.

For more information about our school, click here.  You may also reach us by calling 203-787-5439 or email at

Hurray For School! Our Reopening Plans

Dear Friends,

We hope you are all healthy and doing well during these difficult times. We at Bethesda are truly missing each of you and are looking forward to seeing you all soon. Although we are closed for the summer, we are focusing our attention on September.  We are planning for our reopening and are staying up-to date with all of the city and state guidelines for safety.  Our licensing agency, The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, is posting regular notices about its new regulations. Click on this link to visit their site.

Some of the precautions we will be taking to keep our children, teachers and families safe are smaller class sizes, increased outdoor experiences, the wearing of masks by adults and increased cleaning and sanitation. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child or have questions about our COVID-19 policies, email the director, Sara Gannon, at 

Read Bethesda Director Sara Gannon's contribution to The Atlantic's feature story on:

305 St. Ronan St., New Haven, CT 06511 • (203) 787-5439 •

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