'More than a school': GAPNS grows with every generation
PUBLISHED JUN 1, 2016 AT 2:24 PM - THE CHRONICLE
GOSHEN — This year marks the 35th anniversary that Goshen Area Parent Nursery School (GAPNS) has been introducing children in the community to education. Now, former students are enrolling their own children. Current and alumni parents and teachers celebrated the milestone anniversary recently with its Big Night Out Fundraiser at Delancey’s Restaurant.
Sue Moore, a founding GAPNS parent remembers, “Several parents wanted to open a school where the parents would not only have input, but actually participate in the classroom, enjoying a true hands-on experience.”
And so, GAPNS — a cooperative preschool — was born. Administration, budgeting and operations are all managed by the parents through an elected executive board. In 1981, when the school opened in space at the First Presbyterian Church in the Village of Goshen, sessions were offered for three and four-year-olds. Enrollment grew rapidly. Over the years the program offerings expanded to include Toddler (18 months) to pre-kindergarten programs, as well as summer camp.