The Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School (BCNS) is a play based parent-participatory nursery school where parents, on a regularly scheduled basis, interact with their children in a group under the guidance of a teacher. The classroom becomes a learning environment for both parent and child. Parents are able to learn about child development while participating in classroom activities.
BCNS was established in 1965 as a non-profit, non-sectarian organization by The Church in Bethesda (previously
known as Bethesda First Baptist Church) as a ministry to the community. The church provides physical facilities, custodial services, utilities, office support, fire & liability insurance and general oversight.
The nursery school is licensed by Montgomery County Department of Health and is accredited by the Maryland State Board of Education. BCNS is also a member of the Maryland Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools