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.
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.