Best Accredited Daycares in Sandy Spring MD

Accredited Daycares in Sandy Spring MD

Sandy Spring Friends School
Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coeducational, Quaker college preparatory school serving students from preschool through 12th grade with optional boarding programs in the Middle School and Upper School. In Our Preschool program, play-based learning is woven into the curriculum through fun hands-on activities both in the classroom and outside on our beautiful campus and natural playground. Our exceptional, caring teachers create a welcoming environment for our littlest ones so they can feel safe exploring the world around them while fostering a lifelong love of learning. Our preschoolers are part of the Lower School community, and our older students frequently interact with our littlest ones. At SSFS, we view our students as active participants in their learning. We seek daily to create an environment in which children can follow their curiosity into experimentation and engagement, applying their energy to full participation in collaborative learning, hands-on activities and opportunities for academic enrichment. Our students learn best when creative thinking, active listening and positive interaction are reinforced in the classroom and at play. By asking questions and seeking answers, each child remains receptive to taking ownership of all aspects of learning. In order to support their growing self-advocacy, we offer a nurturing and responsive approach to instruction. All children pass through cognitive stages of growth, yet differ in the rates and patterns of that growth. We acknowledge that individual factors such as culture, interests, beliefs and learning styles contribute to these developmental differences and enrich our Lower School student body. At each grade level, we strive to provide time, appropriate challenge, positive experiences and acceptance. While we value the products of learning, we place even greater value on the ongoing process of learning and the development of higher level thinking skills and deeper conceptual understanding. Our hope for students is that they discover, and continue to rediscover, the joy of learning throughout their lives. We believe in the value of establishing a foundation for interdependence, as well as independence, by emphasizing cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control. In keeping with our Quaker belief of that of God in everyone, we honor the unique gifts within each child. We focus on every student’s academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual growth. By emphasizing the individual strengths of our students, we nurture their sense of self-worth and give them the confidence to take risks within a safe and supportive environment. Lower School students are encouraged to be responsible and responsive listeners and fully present members of a community. Through active listening and interactive modeling, they demonstrate their understanding and readiness to learn. By allowing every person to have a voice and a chance to shine, they recognize that each of their fellow students should be revered for their ideas, experiences and expertise. Our dedication to celebrating diversity, nurturing awareness, and inspiring compassion among our students sustain our community of global citizens. Through our emphasis on peaceful conflict resolution, community service and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, our Lower School students become involved and invested in making a positive impact on the world community.
Camp Olympia Country Day School
Camp Olympia was started in the late 1950's by Stephen and Elizabeth Benedek. They were both involved in athletics all of their lives including teaching physical education from elementary through university levels. They both competed in various sports at the national level in their home country of Hungary. Stephen was inducted into the Georgetown University Hall of Fame for his very successful coaching of the track team. This quality leadership has been the driving force behind our successful program since 1958. Today, Elizabeth continues the legacy that she helped to build with her husband, Stephen. It is our goal to challenge your child to achieve new levels of knowledge. We teach the skills and then let the children practice them in an environment where they have the opportunity to be the best that they can be. Many of our former campers have told us that their Camp Olympia experiences have helped them to achieve their life's goals both personally and professionally. We have campers visit us many years later and remember that their summers at Camp Olympia were the best ever! The activities that we offer are not only supervised and organized, but the children will LEARN. We teach all the basics such as the correct way to run, catch, throw, climb, plus much more. In other words, our program is not a “babysitting” camp. We are an educational, instructional summer camp and proud of it. This may all sound great but how about some FUN? The children have great fun with their participation in all of the activities, but the real fun comes from improving their skills and achieving a sense of accomplishment. Just look at their faces when they have achieved a new skill and made new friends through the camaraderie of team activities. Our youth program strives to foster the development of the whole child. We provide opportunities for nurturing growth in all of the developmental areas, including cognitive, sensorimotor, communication, social and emotional. We are very fortunate with the environment surrounding our facility. We are located in a country setting that offers many opportunities for nature education experiences. These experiences will foster an appreciation for nature, learning physical characteristics of the natural world, enhance language development and contribute to their sensorimotor skills. Our goal is to prepare you child for the years ahead. Along with the age appropriate academics of math, science, language arts and social studies, we work to develop in your child a good self-esteem, interest in learning and pride in achieving. We also have many activities involving physical skills to develop large motor coordination, listening and following directions. We look forward to working with your child. Directors and Staff: Elizabeth Benedek: Owner/Director, MS in Physical Education. Past positions before retirement include physical education teacher at National Cathedral School, physical education teacher and basketball coach at Stone Ridge School, and Athletic Director and basketball coach at Loyola College. Andrea Lingwood: Camp Director, Director Camp Olympia County Day School, BS in Elementary Education, CHA Advanced Level 4 Certified Horseback Riding Instructor. All of our instructors are carefully screened and selected according to their knowledge of various sports and ability to work well with children. The goal of our staff is to encourage the children to participate in all activities through patience and guidance. Individual counselors are trained in or are certified in First Aid, Adult, Infant and Child CPR, and lifeguard training. All staff undergo an extensive orientation program and criminal background checks.

Recent Reviews in Sandy Spring MD

Colesville Park Bilingual Playhouse

"We toured a lot of places, but my very shy daughter seemed to feel most at home here! I loved that this provider always had a new activity for her to do every day, they spent time outside playing,"

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Gayfields Kids Playhouse

"Great supportive environment for a child. They give the attention and care that children deserve."

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