Carol Nursery School provides a nurturing environment that encourages learning through exploration and discovery to support the development of the whole child.
Carol Nursery School was first opened in 1932 by Mrs. Arthur H. Steuer in memory of her young daughter Carol. Mrs. Steuer worked with a group of mothers who believed young children needed to develop a sense of togetherness under the guidance of trained adults. The school was originally located on E. 105th Street in Cleveland.
The school eventually moved to 1081 Lakeview Avenue and was maintained by a group of progressive parents under the name of “The Junior Mother’s Club, Inc.” One of its founders and longtime advisors was Miss Ida Schott, for whom our present library is named.
In 1954, as families began to move to the suburbs, Carol Nursery School relocated to Temple Emanu El in University Heights. Carol was the first nursery school in University Heights and was under the direction of Mrs. Benjamin Klein. It was at that time that the purpose of the school was stated:
“The aim of Carol Nursery School is twofold; to provide a place where the preschool child can spend happy, healthful hours where he/she can develop his/her own personality in relation to other children and adults, and help the parents to a better understanding of their child through conferences, meetings, and observation of their child in relation to the group.”
In September 1985, Carol Nursery School moved into Malvern Elementary School in Shaker Heights. It remained there until Malvern closed in June 1987. The school then moved to its present location in the Shaker Family Center.
There have been several dedicated directors of Carol Nursery School, including Mimi Ormond, Ruth Kalish, and Barbara Palumbo. Sara Miller joined the Administrative Staff as Assistant Director in 2007 and became the full time Director in 2009. Sara has been with Carol Nursery School since 1982.