BETHESDA, MD: Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School is celebrating its 75th anniversary. In an area where education and childcare choices are plentiful, Glenbrook has been a mainstay in its community. To commemorate this milestone, Glenbrook will be hosting a Silent Auction Gala on March 31, 2017. The celebration, which includes current Glenbrook members as well as alumni over 21-years-old, is a free event and will feature Glenbrook’s annual silent auction fundraiser.

In the spring of 1942, Glenbrook started with a group of Maryland mothers. These women organized a preschool for their young children. Initially, school met in members’ homes on a rotating basis. Despite the challenges of those early years, Glenbrook incorporated in 1945 and settled into Ayrlawn Recreation Center in 1950. It subsequently moved to the Wildwood Baptist Church and later St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In 1968, Glenbrook moved to its present location at Bethesda United Church of Christ at 10100 Fernwood Road.

“Parental involvement in the classroom and in school operations creates a sense of community by ensuring that teachers, parents, and students all know each other well,” says Michelle Winter, a past alumna parent. “I can attest that these relationships last long after the preschool age has passed.”

“Being part of Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School means growth and learning for everyone involved,” says Susan Anderson, current Glenbrook director and teacher. “At Glenbrook, children, parents, and teachers attend school together, each learning from each other. Glenbrook parents cherish the opportunity to be so integrally involved in their children’s first school experience.”

Alumni families are invited to attend this free event and may contact the school at (301) 365-3190 or susan@glenbrookschool.org for more information.

Glenbrook, a not-for-profit school, nurtures its children in the early, formative years so they can define themselves as individuals. We strive for this through spontaneous play in a controlled and time structured environment. We believe that children can feel secure only when they understand and trust a set of limits. Their imagination, curiosity, and interests need time to wander, expand, and develop within these limits.