Ellis Hollow Nursery School
The Ellis Hollow Nursery School provides a friendly and loving atmosphere where young children, ages 3-5, can grow and learn. Our program helps each child develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Classes are held Monday through Thursday mornings (9am to noon) in the Ellis Hollow Community Center, a peaceful spot surrounded by woods and fields. The classroom and attached kitchen are large and well-lit, and a fenced playground adjoins the building.
The Ellis Hollow Community Center is located on Genung Road, in the eastern side of Ithaca. It is convenient to Cornell University. (Google Maps)
Class size is limited to 15 students.
Nursery School History
Preschoolers have been the most consistent users of both the old and new Ellis Hollow Community Centers. They have played and learned together there most weekday mornings from September to June for over 50 years.
The nursery school, a cooperative organized by Ellis Hollow parents, opened in the fall of 1953 with one teacher and 15 three- and four-year-olds in attendance. Tuition was $5 per child per month. School met on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. There were soon two teachers and the tuition gradually increased over the years.
In 1971, the nursery school expanded to five days and two sessions. Eighteen four-year-olds attended Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and sixteen three-year-olds came on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Today, the nursery school nurtures 16 three- and four-year-olds Monday through Thursday mornings. Many of the children are Ellis Hollow residents.