Mission Statement

Our mission is to help children develop a love of learning through play, foster a commitment to explore and value differences, build a foundation for independence, cultivate social and emotional development, and enable academic growth through our cooperative family of families. 

Vision Statement

HRNS aims to be the leading preschool to prepare today's children to become tomorrow's innovators and leaders, by utilizing engaging hands-on STEAM and play-based learning.  

Creative Curriculum

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Creative Curriculum uses exploration and discovery as a way of learning and enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. It addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of the day.  

The Creative Curriculum model also places a high importance on authentic, ongoing assessment of children. The Creative Curriculum comprehensive assessment tools are based on the latest research, are proven valid and reliable, and are fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state early learning guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

Family partnerships are an essential part of the success of HRNS. When teachers and families work together, children’s development and learning is fully supported. The Creative Curriculum platform offers a wealth of family-focused resources that are completely devoted to helping our teachers build connections between a child’s two most important worlds: school and home.

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Our goal at Hastings Ranch Nursery School is to introduce children to the joys of education, and prepare them not only for kindergarten, but for a life full of wonder and learning. It is our mandate to teach our children not only the common core standards, but it is our passion to exceed those standards and let our children learn without limits.




  • To be themselves and develop at their own rate

  • To express themselves through art and play materials freely and constructively

  • To learn to be tolerant, creative, cooperative, and imaginative

  • To learn to be independent able to solve their own problems and do things for themselves

  • To enjoy a preschool experience that will simplify adjustment to kindergarten and other social situations

  • To learn limits of behavior regarding safety, health, and respect for the rights of others

  • To increase their ability to handle their emotions constructively

  • To build feelings of self-confidence and security and an acceptance of reality

  • To extend and enrich their understanding of the world

  • To learn to develop a comfortable relationship with adults other than family


  • To share our child’s first experience away from home

  • To become more aware of the child’s world & understand his/her behavior, based upon a knowledge of growth & development

  • To achieve a more positive approach to our adult-child relationship through professional guidance and shared experience with other parents

  • To provide techniques of working with children and insight into human relationships through participation in the parent education program

  • To increase our understanding of the needs of other adults and the needs of the group