Helen Baldwin began the Presbyterian Nursery School in 1956 after she retired from her position as a Kindergarten teacher of 42 years.

At a time when Nursery schools for 3 and 4 years olds were uncommon, the Presbyterian Week-day Nursery School had an enrollment of 12 children.  This number rapidly reached 52 by 1970.  Four years later, in honor of Helen Baldwin, the name was changed to the Helen K. Baldwin Nursery School.

The Baldwin school is supported by a board that consists of parents from church and school families.  The Director, with the help of the school board members, provides a well-established program for the development of young children. Social, mental, physical and spiritual skills are encouraged to prepare children for Kindergarten.

Commitment to Children

Nursery school provides the transition for children from the security of home life to the larger world into which they will be growing.  We are pleased to offer your child a rich early childhood experience. Our teachers provide a warm, loving atmosphere giving you the assurance that your child will be seen as a unique and capable individual.


The school is part of the Christian Education program of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, New Jersey.  It is licensed by the Bureau of Licensing of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS).

Our purpose is to offer children an educational and social experience in a Christian atmosphere.  The children are grouped with others of their own age and maturity in large, airy, well-equipped rooms by state- approved teachers.