Preschool Picture1The preschool at the Harward Recreation Center is designed to provide your child with a variety of positive experiences to help develop self-esteem and enable your child to see himself or herself as a capable and successful individual. Manipulative tools, books, computers, and toys are used by our experienced teachers to prepare stimulating and challenging activities that will allow children to grow intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.


Teachers incorporate the use of Recreation Center facilities into monthly lesson plans. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various activities such as: 

  • Gymnastics
  • Other Large Motor Skill Activities
  • Parachute Games
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming

Parent Helpers

A parent helper is needed in class each day. Parents will have an opportunity to sign up for parent helper days at Preschool Orientation and throughout the year. Parents are welcome to sign up for as many days as wanted. Parents play a vital role in the learning process of their children, therefore, we encourage every parent to participate as a parent helper.


The Harward Recreation Center Preschool instructors are caring individuals with experience in preschool education. Instructor Bios and contact info.

Enrollment & Registration

Registration forms (PDF) must be completed by parents/ guardians and returned along with a non-refundable registration fee. The one time registration fee ($60 for "Preschool Readiness", $90 for three and four year old classes) reserves your child’s place in class and covers the cost of educational supplies. Registration fees must accompany the registration forms in order to guarantee your child’s enrollment in the Nampa Recreation Center Preschool.  Registration for the 2023-24 school year for new students will begin on Friday, May 5 at 8 am.  Children can be registered online.

Classes OfferedPreschool Picture

Preschool Readiness

Fridays 9:30am-11am. Monthly Tuition: Member $30, Non-member $37.  The Preschool Readiness student must be completely potty trained and turn 3 by September 1st.

Three Year Old Classes

Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-11am or Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-11am. Monthly Tuition: Member $80, Non-member $88. The three year old student must be completely potty trained and turn three by May 1st.

Four Year Old Class

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm-2:30pm. Monthly Tuition: Member $100, Non-member $110. The four year old student must turn four by September 1st.

Pre-Kindergarten Class

Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays 12pm-2:30pm. Monthly Tuition: Member $150, Non-member $165. The four year old student must turn four by September 1st and be attending kindergarten the following school year.


Monthly tuition is due by the 1st of each month. A late fee will be assessed for payments received after the 5th of the month.

Learning Objectives

Students in the Harward Recreation Center preschool will receive quality instruction in the following areas:

  • Shapes colors, numbers and alphabet recognition
  • Beginning reading and writing skills
  • Listening and language skills
  • Science and math concepts
  • Socialization and citizenship
  • Health and safety skills
  • Art, music and dance appreciation
  • Computer skills
  • Gross and fine motor skill development