Hoosier Courts Nursery School

Child-centered, emergent curriculum


At Hoosier Courts Nursery School, we believe young children learn best through play and interaction with their environment. Our projects and activities are developed based on the needs, interests, and concerns of the children. We hope to provide our children with experiences that will help them learn to direct their own actions, discipline themselves, and take responsibility for their decisions.

How to reach us

1150 North Union Ct.

Bloomington, IN 47405

hccns@indiana.edu

812-855-1091

What we offer

Ages 3–5 years

Full-time care

Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Part-time care

Monday–Friday 7:30–11:30 a.m. or 1:30–5:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Enrollment

Demand often exceeds our capacity. Therefore, we encourage parents to complete our waitlist form as soon as possible.

Join the waitlist

Hoosier Courts Nursery School has an established partnership with CVCCC. Families who have a child enrolled at either location have enrollment priority.

Campus View Child Care

I truly love Hoosier Courts. I can't imagine sending my daughter to any other child care center in Bloomington. Their philosophy that children learn best through play, the messier the better, is exactly in line with my philosophy as a parent...The learning is constant, as is the love and support that the teachers give each child.

Ceci J.S. (parent testimonial)

About Us

Hoosier Courts Nursery School (HCNS) provides child-centered, developmentally appropriate care for the preschool aged children of Indiana University students, faculty and staff as well as the local community in an enriching, diverse, home like environment.  HCNS supports each child’s development by welcoming the participation of his or her family in the classroom and in other school activities.

We believe that young children learn best through play and interaction with their environment. At Hoosier Courts the projects and activities that our children do in the classroom are developed directly from the needs, interests, and concerns of the children themselves. Through this curriculum we hope to provide our children with experiences that will help them to learn to direct their own actions, discipline themselves, and accept responsibility for their deeds. 

Continuity of Care is practiced within Campus View Child Care Center, meaning teachers and children remain together throughout a child’s experience in our program. This practice supports the formation of close, nurturing relationships between caregivers, young children, and their families.

As military personnel returned after World War II, Indiana University saw a great influx of new students enrolling in college on the new G.I. Bill. Older than the traditional students of the past with different needs, these students brought families and spouses with them. To meet these housing needs, Indiana University erected a series of temporary quarters north of Tenth Street between Union Street and Jordan Avenue. This complex of family student housing was known as Hoosier Court Apartments.

The residents of Hoosier Court Apartments soon felt the need for a nursery school. Following negotiations, the university provided residents with materials to renovate an unused farm building on the property if residents provided the labor. The residents of Hoosier Courts formed the Hoosier Courts Cooperative Nursery Association—drafting by-laws, registering children for the nursery school, and hiring the first teacher-director. Finally, in 1948, Hoosier Courts Cooperative Nursery School opened its doors. From that day forward, Hoosier Courts Nursery School has been a place where parents have been directly involved in every aspect of the programming.

Today, Hoosier Courts Nursery School is housed in a facility (built in 1960) designed specifically for children. The facility houses three spacious classrooms—each with a playground. A renovation of Hoosier Courts was completed in the spring semester of 2000. 

Indiana University provides and maintains the building for Hoosier Courts Nursery School, which also houses Hoosier Court Apartments, and provides reimbursements towards some of the costs of supporting the professional staff. However, the day-to-day expenses—such as the bulk of staff salaries and the cost of consumable supplies—are supported entirely through tuition charged to Hoosier Courts parents.

As in the past, the Hoosier Courts Nursery School staff provides excellent child-centered and developmentally-appropriate care and education to the preschool-aged children of IU faculty, staff, and students. Hoosier Courts Nursery staff form strong partnerships with families to ensure the best possible experience for each child in the program.

Classrooms

Ages: Approximately 3–5 years

Group size: Up to 20

Staff to child ratio: 1:10

All three of our classrooms offer specific areas for dramatic play, building, reading, writing, science, art, and music. Children gather to listen to stories and sing songs twice a day. They spend at least 30 minutes outside daily as weather permits.

Snacks are served during class once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Snacks are also available for before- and after-school child care. The kitchen is used by staff and parent teachers to prepare snacks.

Staff

  • B.S. from the State University of New York, College at Oswego and an M.S. from Syracuse University, both in early education.

Carol has been working in the field since 1978 and has been the director at Hoosier Courts since 1994. She enjoys hiking in the woods, playing guitar, singing, reading, and doing Tae Kwon Do. She is grateful for the support of her husband, teenage daughter, and dog.

  • B.A. in criminal justice from both Northern Illinois University and Indiana University.

Angie has been working at Hoosier Courts since 2007. She has over 25 years of experience in working with children and families as a former probation officer, a Department of Child Services caseworker, and a domestic violence counselor.

  • B.S. in early childhood education from Indiana University.

Jennifer has been at Hoosier Courts since 2005. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

  • M.S. in education, specializing in infant/toddler and parent education, from Bank Street College of Education in New York. Bachelor's degree from the University of Akron.

Joyce has worked at Hoosier Courts since 2015. She loves nature and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoys traveling and cooking.

  • B.S. in elementary education from Indiana University.

Before coming to Hoosier courts in 2012, Amy taught preschool with Head Start and both preschool and early elementary at Bloomington Montessori. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, rock collecting, and reading.

  • B.S. in early childhood education from Indiana University.

Hillary has been at Hoosier Courts since 2013. She enjoys being outside, reading, sewing, and learning to play guitar.

  • B.S. in elementary education with a minor in special education from Indiana University.

Staci has been at Hoosier Courts since 1992. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, traveling, camping, and shopping.

  • B.S. in early childhood education from Indiana University.

Christina has been at Hoosier Courts since 2006. She enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband, and playing with her dogs.

FAQ

The short answer is that as long as Indiana University Bloomington is open, we are open.

Because Hoosier Courts is part of the university, first priority is given to the children of Indiana University students, faculty, and staff. However, when our waiting list of IU affiliated families is exhausted, we open up enrollment to the outside community. Each year we have at least a couple of families who have no connection to the university.

Many of the children enrolled at Hoosier Courts come from countries other than the U.S. and do not know any English when they start. Our teachers have vast experience working with children who know no English. They will be patient and understanding. When they speak to your child, they will use gestures, facial expressions, context, and other non-verbal cues along with their words to help her to understand. Fortunately, young children learn a second language much more quickly and easily than do adults. Before long, your child will be speaking English fluently.

Almost 80% of our budgeted expenses each year are allocated to cover salaries, hourly wages, and benefits for our staff. Yet the starting salary for our highly professional teachers is only $26,900 a year. We know that one of the most reliable indicators of quality in early childhood programs is a low teacher to child ratio. Minimum state licensing standards in Indiana require only two adults in a classroom with 20 preschool children. Most programs in Bloomington, Indiana, adhere to this ratio. At Hoosier Courts, however, we are committed to doing better than minimum standards require. Each day there are three or four adults in each of the three classrooms of 20 children. There are two co-teachers, each of whom has at least a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field. In addition, there is an assistant teacher, usually an Indiana University student, who works under the direct supervision of the teachers and the director and who receives on-going training in topics that relate to early childhood education and development.

Having so many adults in the classroom allows us to more consistently give children individual attention. For example, there is almost always an adult available to sit down and read stories to individuals or small groups. We also have the luxury of stationing some adults indoors and others outdoors so that children can move freely between the classroom and playground.