Our Classes


The multi-age class offers the opportunity for a wonderful neighborhood-like grouping with 16-18 children ages 3 years 4 months through 5 years (pre-K) with two lead teachers. The students are encouraged to continue to grow in their independence, confidence and creativity through thoughtful play experiences. In these classes, children are building observation skills, speaking skills, self-regulation, problem-solving, and their love of learning through the promotion of their creativity and curiosity. (Children entering these classes are required to be fully toilet-trained.)

Schedule Options

Mornings: 9:00-11:30am, Afternoons: 12:30-3:00pm

  • Tuesday + Thursday mornings
  • Monday + Wednesday + Friday mornings
  • Tuesday + Thursday + Friday mornings
  • Tuesday + Wednesday + Thursday afternoons
  • Mornings (Monday + Wednesday + Friday mornings & Tuesday + Thursday mornings)

Build on children’s’ interests

Teachers actively listen and use what they observe to build on children’s’ interests and provide materials and experiences that promote the children’s predisposition to learn.

Individual learning styles

Individual learning styles in the children are valued and teachers work to provide individualized help so children can succeed.

Positive peer relationships

Positive peer relationships are encouraged and nurtured as children mentor one another throughout the day.

What Our Parents Have to Say

We chose ECNS for our children because we liked the idea of a play based learning environment and the emphasis on getting the kids outdoors.   We've continued to stay because everyone on staff really cares about the children and works so hard to address each child's individual needs.

— Steve Salmons

We are so happy we made the decision to send our children to ECNS. We were initially drawn to the school for its overall small size and play-based teaching methods. The small size lends itself to a tight community feel...The outdoor learning space and playground is the best around. My children are safe, happy and challenged at ECNS. They love it here!

— Brittany Manier

Our Staff

Becky Steuby

Becky has nine years of teaching experience. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education from Webster University. She began teaching at ECNS in 2009.

Kristen McSwain
Kristen McSwain

Kristen has been part of ECNS since 2013, first as a parent and later as a substitute teacher.  She is looking forward to joining the permanent ECNS staff this year as she sends her fifth child to kindergarten.  Kristen has served on the board of a Washington, DC based non-profit aimed at improving the lives of low income children, as well as President of the board of a Virginia-based Day School. Kristen graduated from the University of Kansas.

Eve Sedovic
Eve Sedovic

Eve has been with ECNS since 1994 and has previous experience teaching kindergarten and first grade. She studied fine arts at the University of Kansas and earned her education degree from Webster University.

Jennifer Burrus

Jennifer has been teaching since 1998 including 4 years of working with deaf children. She has been at ECNS since 2004. She enjoys exploring new things and getting messy with the children.

Patti Baker

Patti has been at ECNS since 2006. She graduated from Elmhurst College and completed her Masters degree from Webster University. She has been teaching preschool since 1993.

Mary Pat Pautler
Mary Pat Pautler

Mary Pat has been a teacher at ECNS since 2007 and has previous teaching experience with elementary and preschool children. She graduated from the University of Illinois.

Susanne Corrigan

Susanne joined Eliot Chapel Nursery School in the fall of 2018. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Webster University.

About Eliot Chapel Nursery School

Eliot Chapel Nursery School offers play-based, hands-on learning for the whole child. With an amazing playground and garden space, the children experience outdoor play every day. Each half-day class is led by two lead teachers that are caring, experienced and nurturing.

A typical day for all classes includes:

  • Exploration and discovery of art materials, blocks, dramatic play, sensory materials, science, the outdoors and more
  • Yoga
  • Music
  • Outdoor play
  • Read-alouds
  • Snack

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