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June Roush Pierson Lab Nursery School

The June Roush Pierson Laboratory Nursery School at DCC has been providing enriching and engaging experiences for children since 1963.

The program enrolls three- to five-year-old children from the campus and surrounding community in its five-morning program, housed in two bright, airy classrooms on the DCC main campus.

Each classroom is staffed by an experienced head teacher supervising students from the college’s Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program. The play-based curriculum is carefully planned to support children’s growth and development, offering a rich variety of art, sensory, literacy, math, science, and music activities, in addition to block building, dramatic play, and outdoor play.

The Program

Children are enrolled for five mornings per week, from 9:00-11:45 am. Their morning includes free play in the classrooms’ carefully prepared learning centers, a midmorning snack, whole-group activities, and outdoor play daily. The program is a laboratory school for the ECH/EED students, serving as a fieldwork and observation site for students studying to be early childhood teachers. The school follows the college academic calendar, fall and spring semesters. With no more than thirteen children in each classroom, excellent teacher:child ratios ensure attention to individual needs. Tuition is $2300 for the academic year.


The school enrolls children for five mornings for the entire academic year. Applications accompanied by a $100 non-refundable deposit reserve a spot for the following year. To arrange a visit, find out more about the program, and obtain application materials, please contact Elaine Myrianthopoulos at 845-431-8364, or The school holds an Open House for families interested in enrolling for the following year in February.

Contact Us

Laboratory Nursery School

Elaine Myrianthopoulos

Phone: 845-431-8364

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601