Developmental Nursery School

The Developmental Nursery School – Vermilion’s first preschool – is located in and operated by the United Church of Christ, Congregational. Its mission is to provide a quality preschool experience within a secure, nurturing yet stimulating environment. Activities are planned in a learning-through-play atmosphere with hands on learning activities to meet the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of children, while promoting the development of a positive self-concept.

  • weekly music classes
  • weekly library session
  • monthly visits from Ritter Public Library
  • yearly field trips
  • thematic-based lesson plans following Ohio Content Standards for preschoolers
  • age-appropriate activities
  • non-denominational

Developmental Nursery School is an integral part of the outreach of the UCC, Congregational, striving to provide a ministry of love to children, support to parents, and service to the community. The school is non-denominational.

DNS was founded in 1963. Today, we offer a 33-week program for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children. The small, half-day classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from mid-September through May. Activities include art projects, library and music, as well as daily time for snacks, stories, large-muscle development and socially interactive play.

The school uses “The Creative Curriculum” and follows “Ohio Content Standards” for preschools as a guide. It is licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Teachers are fully qualified and have CPR and first-aid training, as well as Bureau of Criminal Investigation background checks.

All doors are locked and secured, and we offer an assisted drop-off program.

Total school enrollment is limited to 32 children per session, no more than 12 children per classroom. Tuition is $120 per month. Scholarships are available for qualifying children.

We have a morning session and an afternoon session based on enrollment.

To qualify for enrollment, your child must be at least 3 years old by Sept. 30 of the current year. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Your child must be seen by a physician after May 31 and no later than Sept. 1 of the current year.

Developmental Nursery School Registration Form

Meet Our Staff

Cecily Musser, DNS Director

I am looking forward to another great year at DNS. This will be my 9th year as DNS Director. I attended DNS myself and grew up in this church congregation. My teaching background includes preschool in Seattle, WA, and middle grade special education in both Grove City and Norwalk, OH. I have been married to my husband Tom for 13 years and have a 10 year old son, 8 year old daughter, and a 3 year old daughter.
Krista Peters, 4 and 5 year old teacher.

I have been married to Jim for 22 years and we have 3 kids (Samantha, 19, Michael 17, and Jenna, 14). All three of my kids went through DNS and this is my eighth year of teaching here. My education is in early childhood and I have taught preschool for 17 years. I look forward to a wonderful year with your children.
Kim McGuinn, 4 and 5 year olds.

I am looking forward getting to know your children this year and helping him/her enjoy learning! It is so rewarding to see each child’s growth, accomplishments, and confidence that come through mastering new skills! I have taught at DNS for 10 years. Both of my boys, Eric and Ryan, attended DNS.  They are both in college. My husband and I moved to Vermilion in 1991 because we love the lake and community. I am excited to be at DNS again  this year!

Sally Spindler, 3 year olds

I am looking forward to returning to DNS this year. I am a certified teacher. I was born and raised in Akron and am now living my dream of residing on the shores of Lake Erie in Vermilion. My passions in addition to teaching are jewelry design, decorative painting, refinishing antiques, woodworking, sewing, and needlepoint. I am excited to intergrate some of this love of the creative arts into my lesson plans for your children. Last but not least, I am a  mom of a 24 year old son who taught me the greatest lesson to carry into my classroom…IT IS NO SLIGHT THING WHEN THOSE WHO ARE SO FRESH FROM GOD LOVE US!

Rebecca Thompson, 3 yr olds

It is an honor to again be a part of the wonderful DNS staff this year as a preschool teacher. My goal is to instill an enduring love of learning in your children by incorporating music, art, poetry and nature into our daily lessons and activities.

As an experienced caretaker, volunteer and mother, I believe in allowing kids to be kids while utilizing teachable moments as they naturally come along. There are endless opportunities for children to learn through play, and I enjoy making education rewarding and fun for everyone involved! Toby and I have a 3-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter, and I am a stepmom to Toby’s older sons, ages 12 and 15. We are a busy family, always seeking new ways to discover and connect with our community.

Developmental Nursery School still has openings for this year!  Please call 967-5230 for more information or email [email protected]