It is with much sadness that we announce the closing of Plantsville Community Nursery School on June 1, 2018.

The decision was made after discussions with the Board regarding increasingly low enrollment over the past several years, to the point where we can no longer sustain our program. 

The nursery school began in 1955, with Mrs. Ruth Nelson and Mrs. Helen Macleod as co-directors. Mrs. Otley Kania was the teacher helper.  By 1975, Mrs. Joan Brooks became the full-time director. By 1979, the school had a total enrollment of 140 children.  Mrs. Boychuck became director of the school in 2003; Anne Graham took over as Director in 2015.

PCNS Director Anne Graham with Debbie Boychuck, former director, oversaw the daily operations and enrollment with long-time staff members, Linda Albert, lead teacher with 23 years at PCNS, and Rose Girardin who taught for 17 years.  We would also like to acknowledge former, long-time teachers Susan Koenig, Patty Goldberg, Diane Gavitt, Kathy Daddona.  Our thanks to the PCNS Board: Chair Nancy Kannenberg  and Secretary Linda Aldieri, who at one-time also served as teachers,  and the late Joan Brooks, treasurer, who was with the school for 49 years.

The school takes pride in having been an important part in the lives of so many children within our community for so many years.  We look back with fond memories and good friends made and thank you for your support.

On behalf of the PCUCC staff and board,

Our Best Regards,

Anne Graham, Director
Debbie Boychuck, Enrollment


Brief history about our school

Plantsville Community Nursery School is non-denominational and is the oldest continually operational nursery school in the state with classes for 3-5 year olds. We have communicated with Southington kindergarten teachers to make sure our program meets the best needs of children to prepare them for their next big step into elementary school.

Opened in October 1955 by the mother’s club of Plantsville Congregational Church, the nursery school began with Mrs. Ruth Nelson, Mrs. Helen Macleod and Mrs. Otley Kania teaching 16 children in the 4 year old class and 17 children in the 3 year old class. Each year the teaching staff has provided children in Southington and surrounding towns with an educational experience that will prepare them for entering kindergarten.

Over the years the program has improved to provide the best up to date experience for each child in socialization, self-reliance, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills and improving imagination while still caring for the basic needs of 3-5 year olds.

We are proud that in the 61 years we have been in operation, we have had only 29 teachers, reflecting a low turnover rate that has helped to keep consistency throughout our program.

PCNS Director: Anne Graham, 860-628-8878 or e-mail

The nursery school is not to be just a parking place or babysitting service. It is an educational institution providing continuous educational experiences for the child. To do this, guidance is given during various activities in a pleasant surrounding with educational equipment.
— Southington News, 1955