420 Quaker Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514


Our Community

Connection and Belonging

We are very fortunate to be part of a community that deeply cares about Chappaqua Friends Nursery School. Our community thrives with friendships, creativity, collaboration and involvement among our children, their families, the surrounding Westchester towns and our network of Friends schools.

What is community?
Community is a concept we explore deeply with our children. Children explore their expanding social world-from home and family-to the wider communities of friends, school and neighborhood.

Our family community
Building a bridge between families and schools is critical to a child feeling positive about school. Knowing that their parent is part of the school experience, witnessing their teachers’ and parents’ warm and friendly relationship serves as a foundation for positive and secure feelings about school for their entire time at CFNS.

We welcome and encourage families-parents, siblings, grandparents and anybody else special in a child’s life-to join us for our traditional Chappaqua Friends events. Not only does it foster a child’s positive feelings about their school and allow family members to share in the joy of our setting, but it also fosters lifelong friendships among parents and siblings for generations.

Our traditional family events include:

Fall Festival
Thanksgiving Feast
Winter Holidays Sing-a-long
Spring Fling Annual Benefit
Mother’s Day Lunch
Stuart’s Fruit Farm Field Trip
Pinecliff Field Trip
Museum Night
Parent Back-to-School Night

“Chappaqua Friends is the most thoughtful community of teachers and parents who go above and beyond to work together to continue to develop the finest early childhood program. The passion throughout the entire community is energizing and compassionate. We feel so fortunate to be part of such a giving community.”


Gifts for excellence

We thank our community. Through their generosity and giving, our community affords us the ability to provide the finest program possible to set the foundation for lifelong learning for our children. Through donations of time, talent and financial giving, we are able to continuously improve, upgrade and innovate our space purposefully to build on our curriculum and best prepare children for life beyond our school.

Each year, our Chappaqua Friends Community of parents, teachers, and friends directly impact the lives of our young children through their support. The fundraising efforts close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of supporting the early childhood program that Chappaqua Friends offers. Only through the generous support of the entire Chappaqua Friends Community can we continue to provide an excellent program for children and their families-and we thank them wholeheartedly.

Community giving has afforded very meaningful projects that leave a lasting impression on the children including:

The Playscape – Birdsnest Structure
The Playscape – Surrounding plantings
The Big Room – Magnetic Science Wall
The Big Room – Small Parts

Each gift ensures that Chappaqua Friends will continue to have all the resources necessary to continue providing the richest early childhood educational experience for young children and their families.

Your support truly makes a difference
If you are interested in supporting Chappaqua Friends to continue to raise the standard for excellence in early childhood education, please contact Janet Himel.

Janet Himel

“To our family, Chappaqua Friends has become more than just our children’s preschool. Chappaqua Friends is a place through which each member of our family has cultivated lasting friendships, new appreciations and the general sense of connection and belonging that is often hard to find in a new community.”

2018 Giving Tree

Food Brings Friends Together

Welcome to the 2018 Giving Tree. We are so grateful for our Giving Tree each year and the families that contribute to our annual fundraising campaign in this way. It is such a special way for families to support specific programs to enrich and strengthen the curriculum at our school.

Food Brings Friends Together
This year, we are asking specific donations to support an exciting investment to renovate the Friends Kitchen and design a space that will cater to the growth, imagination and creative expression of the children.

The plans incorporate appropriate counter heights and details to help the children learn in the kitchen, develop an appreciation for all types of food and get their hands dirty in helping their teachers create, make and bake. Everything in the new kitchen will be thoughtfully designed for the children – from the appliances to utensils and accessories. It will be a dream kitchen for the finest early childhood program.

2018 Giving Tree Items
Contribute to the 2018 Giving Tree HERE. You will find many items to choose from including mixing bowls, wooden spoons, measuring cups, and other kitchen items that the children will use in the much-anticipated newly renovated kitchen. You also have the opportunity to make a contribution towards the purchase of new large appliances, like a beautiful range, refrigerator, or double-sink.

How to give
Visit our 2018 Giving Tree where you can donate in various ways. Through this link, you can:

Contribute individual items and accessories
Contribute to the purchase of an appliance
Contribute to the purchase of a smaller kitchen item
Simply donate a dollar amount of your choosing towards the construction costs of the new kitchen

If you would like to fund the purchase of a specific item, simply click on the item, add it to your cart, and complete your donation online via credit card. If an item is showing “out of stock,” then it has already been fulfilled, so we invite you to choose another item or way to donate.

Many thanks

Thank you for your kindness and being part of our 2018 Giving Tree. Each gift allow us to continue to build the richest early childhood educational experience for young children and their families.