River Park Nursery School on Capitol Hill 

For over 50 years, River Park Nursery School has provided an exceptional environment in which children ages 3 to 5 can play and learn. 


RPNS is committed to offering a program of developmentally appropriate activities for nursery-school aged children, under the guidance of highly qualified professional instructors.  The program is designed to encourage individual growth, in a pro-social environment, and to foster exploration, creativity and good work habits through the experience of shared value and citizenship. 


With a teacher-student ratio of 5:1, River Park Nursery School offers highly individualized attention. Classes are held Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The school year runs from September through early June. Families may choose a schedule of 3, 4 or 5 mornings a week.

Strong parent involvement is an integral part of our school community. RPNS is a co-operative, parent-run organization and fully licensed in the District of Columbia.


Upcoming Events


  • We’re hanging up our sock hop cardigans this year, but we have some new ways to get your family dancing and eating while supporting the River Park community. We’re excited to launch our MiniHop series—a monthly local partnership to support River Park’s programs and operational costs.

  • Capitol Candy Jar is partnering with River Park on candy and ice cream sales on Sept. 26. Mention River Park in person or use promo code RIVERPARK online and 25% of your purchase will go to River Park. And to sweeten the pot even more, you’ll also get 5% off your purchase. 


  • The application process for the 2020-2021 school year is now closed. 

  • If you have any questions about the 2021-2022 application process, they can be directed to RPNSadmissions@gmail.com



River Park Nursery School  • 212 East Capitol Street, N.E. • Washington, DC 20003 • (202) 546-7767


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