My 3 kids went to The Children's Cooperative Nursery School (848 Beacon St, 617-527-8539, childrenscoop.com). The teachers are warm, caring, very appropriate with children. As a coop, the school has very involved parents. The teachers' wisdom from their extensive experience and continuing education was a real plus for me, both as a first time mother and later with understanding and finding help for my special needs child (ASD). Scholarships are available, funded by parental fundraising efforts. All in all, the Coop nourished my entire family. I recommend it unreservedly.