Henny Penny

Henny Penny Forms for Parents

For your convenience forms are located below. Just click on the link to download the form. You can contact Henny Penny at 978-745-7315.

2017-2018 School Calendar

2017-2018 Tuition Information

Our History

Henny Penny Nursery School has been welcoming children and families for over 40 years. We're the oldest running preschool North of Boston.

About Our Program

We offer a morning preschool program Monday through Thursday for children between the ages of 3 - 5. Our morning schedule runs from 8:30 - 12:00. Families may choose any combination of 2, 3, or 4 days. Henny Penny follows the same school calendar as the City of Salem.


All staff members at The Henny Penny Nursery School hold current licenses through the Department of Early Education and Care and are CPR and Infant/Child First Aid Certified. Teachers are required to complete 15 hours of professional development annually. This helps to keep the curriculum fresh and up to date. The average student teacher ratio will be no more than 10:1.

Program Philosophy & Goals

At Henny Penny, we believe each child's development is unique. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where each child may grow socially, emotionally and physically.

Our program is a thoughtfully planned combination of teacher directed and child centered activities. Our classroom is made up of learning centers and interest areas that provide opportunities for creative exploration and discovery, imaginative and dramatic play, block building, artistic expression, music, creative movement, and the development of pre-reading, writing, math and science skills.

Children are encouraged to take responsibility, make decisions and learn through play in mixed age groupings.

We aim to foster a true love of learning as we prepare our students for success when they enter kindergarten.


Our curriculum is designed around topics in Science, Math, Language Arts and Social Studies. Standards, based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, are established to stretch students' intellectual growth while also being developmentally appropriate.

Parent Involvement

*A strong home/school connection is essential when creating the optimum environment for young children. Our famliy friendly classroom environment encourages parents to be actively involved. We invite parents and family members to share their special talents, hobbies or interests. Our staff recognizes that your child is an extension of your family and we support opportunities to foster this connection.

*Parent and Teacher communication plays a key role in the success of our program. Parents are kept informed of their child's development through periodic conferences, progress reports and weekly newsletters


  • 8:30-9:15 Arrival & Free Play
  • 9:15-9:30 Circle Time
    *Pledge of Allegiance, Calendar
      Activities, Weather Songs,
      Poems/Sing-Alongs, Finger
      Plays, "What's Coming Today"
  • 9:30-10:45 Small Group Activities [teacher guided]
     *Story Time, Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Science &
      Math Projects, Learning Centers
  • 10:45-11:00 Clean Up
  • 11:00-11:20 Snack
  • 11:20-11:50 Music and Movement
  • 11:50-12:00 Pack-Up/Jackets On 
  • 12:00 walk children downstairs to meet parents

    *emphasis on self-help skills


  • Henny Penny Family Fun Nights

  • Halloween Costume Party

  • Turkeys on Parade 

  • Holiday Songfest 

  • Pancakes & Pajamas Day 

  • Annual Spring Art Show 

  • Year End Graduation & Play 

  • Weekly Preschool Yoga

  • Weekly Music Class

  • Walks to the Salem Public Library

  • Visits to Salem Y Playroom

  • Ropes Mansion Garden Nature Walks

  • Parent Workshops

  • Place-based service learning projects