Helen Tufts Nursery School
Helen Tufts Nursery School was created in 1966. Founder Mary Straw graduated from ECE program at Queen's University, and it become very real to her how influential the early years are on a child's development. It was evident to Mary that many children would not be able to access an early learning experience due to their low economic status, and therefore may not have had opportunities for a simulating learning experience outside their home life.
In 1975 Helen Tufts Nursey School was incorporated as a non-profit organization. It is the outgrowth of the volunteer efforts of Kingston residents and churches to provide a nursery school environment for children.