Millburn and Maplewood, NJ - The Millburn Cooperative Nursery School is enhancing its preschool by adding a private kindergarten for 5-year-olds beginning in Fall 2019, taking over the current Kinderenrichment program located at St. George’s Church in Maplewood.

Kinderenrichment will offer a curriculum in line with the philosophy of the Millburn Co-op: one that emphasizes social and emotional development, and values making learning interactive, hands-on, and fun. Open to children who turn 5 by January 1st of the year of entry, Kinderenrichment is a bridge program for those who miss the kindergarten age cutoff or are looking for the opportunity to thrive in a smaller, more individualized setting.

“We are thrilled to offer Kinderenrichment starting this fall,” said Adrienne Topping, Director at The Millburn Co-op and Kinderenrichment. “The Millburn Co-op has cultivated a close-knit community and has sent many students to the current Kinderenrichment program run by head teacher Laurie Tyree.  We are now excited to extend our unique preschool environment to an older age group. We look forward to inviting new families to experience what makes our program special.”

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 Known for being the little green schoolhouse in Taylor Park, the Millburn Co-op has established itself as a local leader in offering a play-based, child-led curriculum. For 45 years, the Millburn Co-op has served hundreds of local families, including many returning generations. Play-based early education has recently come to the forefront as studies have shown the importance of play in developing the minds of young children.
On any given day, you’ll find Co-op kids exploring a giant mud puddle (in water-proof gear), performing in a student-created play or collaging a self-portrait with recycled materials, while learning the social and emotional skills necessary to navigate being a part of a close-knit community.

Limited spots are still available at both Kinderenrichment and the Millburn Co-op Nursery School for the 2019/2020 school year. For more information visit or call 973-379-2778.

Founded in 1974, the Millburn Co-op is a progressive, non-profit preschool located in a unique, one-room schoolhouse on the edge of Taylor Park.  Teachers and parents work together in the two-year program to provide a secure, relaxed atmosphere where children learn through play.  The Millburn Co-op offers stimulating and varied activities designed to help each child grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. By the conclusion of the two-year program, children have acquired the skills necessary for a successful transition to Kindergarten in addition to gaining vital social skills often overlooked at this age. 


The curriculum of Kinderenrichment will naturally follow the philosophy of the Millburn Co-op, where social emotional development is fostered alongside the learning of reading, writing, literature, math, science, social studies, art, drama, music and physical activity. By the conclusion of the year-long program, children are prepared to enter Kindergarten in the local public schools. Some children may be eligible to enter into 1st grade depending on their birth dates.