• Mailing Address

  • Indian River Nursery School
  • PO Box 374
  • Canaan NH 03741
  • Physical Address

  • 9 On the Common
  • Canaan, NH 03741
  • Behind Canaan Hardware
    on the green in downtown Canaan

“Both of my children have attended Indian River Nursery School. I love the fact that the curriculum covers both academics and play! The children loved this school, and their teachers. Parent involvement and support is phenomenal! It's a network of both family and friends. I highly recommend this school. Honestly, I think this is the best preschool in not only the Mascoma Valley, but the surrounding Upper Valley area!”

Indian River Nursery School is located right behind Canaan Hardware on the Canaan green at the intersection of Routes 4 and Route 118. We are a short drive from Enfield NH and the Upper Valley.

About Indian River Nursery School

Our History

Indian River Nursery School

More than 40 years ago the Indian River Nursery School originated as a play group for the children of teachers at Cardigan Mountain School. In 1984, IRNS reorganized and incorporated. Today, Indian River Nursery School is governed by a board of directors which meets monthly. The board welcomes attendance and participation of interested parents and community members.

Our Philosophy

The Indian River Nursery School is an innovative and creative preschool licensed by the state of New Hampshire. We serve the children of the NH towns of Canaan, Enfield, Dorchester, Grafton and Orange. We are committed to providing a positive multi-age learning experience for 3, 4, and 5–year olds. We encourage participation in activities that are developmentally appropriate, including social, motor, and language skills.

Parental involvement in the program through committee service, field trips, fundraising, and classroom participation is appreciated and is an integral part of our program. IRNS believes that parental involvement creates an environment of shared learning and provides a vital home-school connection. We hope that this important connection will continue throughout the child's educational experience.

Support Indian River Nursery School

Indian River Nursery School is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Checks can be mailed to: Indian River Nursery School, PO Box 374, Canaan NH 03741. Or, click on the DONATE button and you can make your donation using PayPal or a credit card. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this. Either way, donors should be sure to include their mailing address for a tax receipt.

IRNS is registered with Amazon Smile. Visit smile.amazon.com and select Indian River Nursery School as the charitable organization you would like a percentage of your purchases to go to and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the school.