Harpswell Community Nursery School

Mission Statement
The mission of the Harpswell Community Nursery School is to provide a high-quality early childhood education program that emphasizes developmental learning, social relationships, family involvement, and care for the environment. Guided by the values of inclusion and equity, the school aims to serve a diverse population in terms of socioeconomic status, cultural background, and ability levels.

See what goes on during our days at the preschool in this short video by local filmmaker, Jasper Lowe:

The Harpswell Community Nursery School was founded in the fall of 2003 in response to the strong need for an early education program in the town of Harpswell, Maine.  The school is licensed by the Maine Department of Human Services and is located in the Fellowship Hall of the Elijah Kellogg Church in Harpswell Center.

HCNS teachers have training and credentials in early childhood, and extensive classroom experience. At HCNS, small class sizes allow teachers to provide students with a unique level of individual attention. The teacher to student ratio varies by class but does not exceed 1:7.


Lauren Akeley-Taylor  – Classroom Phone:  (207) 833-5102
Email: hcnsdirector@gmail.com

Elijah Kellogg Church
917 Harpswell Neck Road
Harpswell, Maine 04079

Preschool Hours for 2022-2023

Mondays and Wednesdays 9 am- 3 pm, and Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Thank you to John Wright

Students from our 3-day program celebrate the arrival of a new lean-to. The lean-to was built by community volunteer, John Wright, using logs donated by Harpswell arborist, Ben Stuart.  Outdoor play is an integral part of HCNS programming.

HCNS received funding to develop outdoor learning opportunities for classes through the Learning by Nature for ME pilot grant in 2018.