In 1921, Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Today, we continue to nurture the social, recreational and educational development of children. Each week offers a different theme in the Children's School curriculum. Guests or speakers often are included to share their special talents with the children.

How to Register

1. Register: A child is not enrolled until payment is received

Online Registration

 

In addition to online registration, beginning June 22 registration will also be available:
Sundays: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Hultquist Center, Room 101
Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. at Children’s School

More information is available at 716.357.6278, 8:30 a.m. – Noon

2019 Children's School Fees   2019 Dates (Monday–Friday)
Season $835 Week 1 June 24–28
8 Weeks $779 Week 2 July 1–5
7 Weeks $729 Week 3 July 8–12
6 Weeks $669 Week 4 July 15–19
5 Weeks $579 Week 5 July 22–26
4 Weeks $499 Week 6 July 29–Aug. 2
3 Weeks $415 Week 7 Aug. 5–9
2 Weeks $299 Week 8 Aug. 12–16
1 Week $175 Week 9 Aug. 19–23


2. Download the Children's School Information and Student Information form.

Children's School Form

The Children's School Form contains:

  • General information about the program
  • Registration information and instructions
  • Required information form to complete and bring with you to CHQ
  • If you have a request for your child to be in the same classroom as another child, please email childrensschool@chq.org no later than 1 week prior to the child's start date

About the program

About the Program

Children's School is a developmental preschool for youth ages 3 to 5. The program includes a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities. Weekly themes often incorporate other Chautauqua programs in the areas of music, drama and art. A relationship with the Chautauqua community and its unique opportunities continue.

The program hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- noon. The school has 6 classrooms with a maximum of 25-30 students in each. A typical day at Children's School includes:

  • Developmental play
  • Circle time (reading, singing)
  • Activity centers (focusing on weekly theme)
  • Music
  • Special guest programs
  • Snack time
  • Outdoor play
  • Each week offers a different theme in the Children's School curriculum. Guests or speakers often are included to share their special talents with the children.

Built in 1921, the Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Additions to the building made in 1926, 1947 and 1969 were followed by a full renovation and expansion in 1994 to its present size and capacity.