Why give?

Saint Mary’s Nursery School (SMNS) is a cooperative non-profit first school. Its non-sectarian educational philosophy includes daily parent participation in the classroom. The intimate parent involvement creates an innovative, child-centered learning environment with a focus on fun for children ages 18 months to five years. This educational program was born of the cooperative organization of the school and stewarded by the astonishing and brilliant dedication of Barbara Klein for the last thirty-seven years. She founded and continues to oversee the educational program that is dedicated to helping children and families realize their inexhaustible capacity for love, learning and compassion. SMNS is the nursery school where people bring their children when they don’t want to send them anywhere. We are a family of families-a home away from home during parents’ work hours.

SMNS is committed to providing the highest quality child care at an affordable tuition. Part of our mission is to provide early childhood care and education to children so that parents and guardians can be gainfully employed. Our dedication to serving all families means that not all of the school’s expenses are covered by the tuition we charge. We rely on donations and grants to cover the balance. Please consider a tax-free donation to our organization to help us continue providing this excellent resource for the community.


If your workplace participates in United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s donor choice workplace campaign,  please know you can make a contribution to benefit SMNS directly.

United Way donor choice workplace campaign

Designation code: 16038

Please enter Designation Code 16038 – Saint Mary’s Nursery School in memo line.

Often employers look for 100% participation from employees. If your workplace is in this campaign, thank you for considering designating SMNS as your recipient or as one of your recipients. And please feel free to spread this news to family, neighbors or friends whose workplace may participate.

As always, any time you are inspired, you can give to SMNS several other ways:

  • shopping on Amazon: go to and type in Saint Mary’s Nursery School – SMNS will get .5% of your purchases!

Please make check or money order payable to:

Saint Mary’s Nursery School
3916 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

We will return an appropriate receipt by mail including our tax-exempt status information if requested.

Thank you.For more information, or to find out other ways to give to SMNS, contact:

Suria Chen

Gretchen Walker