I want to welcome you to The Medical Center Nursery School’s informative and enlightening Website.  Although it is only a window into the wonders and excitement that pervade the school, it will provide you with both an introduction and an ongoing guide to the school’s rich and comprehensive program for young children.

MCNS provides a nurturing and child-centered environment where a diverse group of students and teachers plays, learns, and grows together.   The beautiful facility, with light and airy classrooms, provides the perfect setting for children’s activities and an exciting bridge between children’s families and homes and the much larger world beyond.

MCNS will be a significant part of your child’s educational career and will provide an important foundation for later learning and experiences.   It is hoped that children will develop the ability to approach the world with confidence and self-reliance, will internalize the skills necessary for beneficial and dynamic socialization with others, and will cultivate the ability to think and analyze and learn in productive and creative ways.

I trust that the Website will open the MCNS world to you and will continue to be a helpful and beneficial tool to inform and update you about the program and the school community.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in the school.

Most sincerely,

Howard E. Johnson



The Mission of The Medical Center Nursery School, an early childhood school affiliated with and supported by Columbia University, is to provide a secure, nurturing, developmentally appropriate educational setting for children aged two to six.

We serve children from the following communities: Columbia University; New York Presbyterian Hospital; the New York State Psychiatric Institute; and northern Manhattan neighborhoods, specifically the Washington Heights and Inwood.

Our school, with expansive views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge, is on Level B1 of Bard-Haven Tower 1, a multi-use building located at the Columbia University Medical Center in Washington Heights.


We provide a secure, educational setting in which young children can participate in a wide range of learning activities, investigate a large number of developmentally appropriate materials, and experiment with a variety of stimulating creative media outside their own home, with their peers, and with experienced and caring non-parental adults.

our Program


Newsletter is now available online:

MCNS News Archive

The school still is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Additionally, applications are welcome for the limited seats still open for the 2015-2016 academic year.




The Medical Center Nursery School is a registered 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. Donations to the school are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Donations allow us to provide financial aid, program enrichment and maintain the ongoing operations of the school.

There are several ways to make a gift to The Medical Center Nursery School: