New Canaan Community Preschool, formerly known as New Canaan Community Nursery School, was formed in 1947 by our first president, Mrs. Talbot Rantoul, her husband, and a group of parents and interested citizens who donated time, money and equipment to make the dream of a low-cost, high quality early childhood education program a reality. In the beginning, the school ran as a parent cooperative; today, the school is a non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors.

Mrs. John Nickerson, the school’s first teacher and director, contributed immeasurably to the success of the school with her understanding, warmth and energy. She initially hosted school in her home on South Main Street, assisted by a volunteer mother. Through private donations and generous gifts, Mrs. Nickerson was able to move the classroom from her home to a location on Valley Road.

In 1955, parents built the current facility on Old Norwalk Road, and during the next three decades, the school experienced tremendous growth with the development of six new programs and tripled enrollment.

Through the dedication of Kathy Coppola, Director from 1974 to 2005, NCCNS continued to thrive and became accredited in 1992 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Since then the school has maintained its accreditation.

In the summer of 2010, the 55-year-old school building underwent a complete renovation, and then in the summer of 2016, our playgrounds were resurfaced with compressed rubber tiles that are made from USA from the highest quality recycled rubber.

In 2012, the school celebrated its 65th anniversary as well as changing the name to New Canaan Community Preschool and updating the logo.

The school community looks forward to continuing it’s tradition of offering a high quality preschool experience for children under the guidance of current Director Giselle Coven, who has been at New Canaan Community Preschool since 2002.


“I’m continuously impressed by the level of parent involvement and support at NCCP. Not only is it tremendously helpful to the school, but it helps to build connections among parents, making the community that much smaller.” NCCP Parent