Trinity Parish Nursery School celebrates 50 years

Trinity Parish Nursery School (TPNS) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of events, including a fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11-2, in the parking lot of Trinity Church. The anniversary makes the school as the oldest nursery school program in Southport.

Trinity Parish Nursery School is a non-profit Episcopal school that has been serving Southport and Fairfield families since it’s founding in 1965. With only four directors in the last 50 years, thousands of children have gotten their start at TPNS. “I have had the profound pleasure of leading this school for the last nine years,” said Meg Reilly, director of Trinity Parish Nursery School. “While we have learned to evolve with the times, the children, and the importance of play in their development, remain at the core of everything we do. We are thrilled to kick off this milestone anniversary with a festival that celebrates the beauty of fall and the excitement of a new school year.”

Trinity Parish Nursery School’s philosophy is based upon the idea that children play to learn and learn to play. Days are filled with art, music, movement, cooking and science. “TPNS opened its red doors to its first class of seven students 50 years ago. Our idea was to create an environment that was an extension of the nurturing of home, while further supporting children’s social, emotional and academic development, all though what children do best — play,” said Jan Perry, founder of Trinity Parish Nursery School. “It is overwhelming today to see how the school has grown and flourished as a staple in our community, while retaining the spirit of our vision 50 years ago.”

In addition to its core play-based curriculum, TPNS offers its students exciting enrichment programs including science, yoga and music and movement. Kristin Hathaway, mother of TPNS alum (William ‘15) said, “My son entered TPNS as a timid two year old and left as a confident and academically-prepared kindergartner. I am grateful to TPNS not only for preparing him for his years of school ahead, but also for supporting me, as a parent, during our years there. TPNS truly provided us with a ‘family’ here in Southport.”

Trinity Parish Nursery School’s fall festival, chaired by Charlotte Smith, is open to the community. For those interested in more information about the event or about Trinity Parish Nursery School, contact Meg Reilly at 203-259-8456.

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