Best Accredited Daycares in Washington DC

Accredited Daycares in Washington DC

Temple Sinai Nursery School
At Temple Sinai Nursery School (TSNS), we believe in nurturing the individuality of each child. We see children as competent individuals who flourish in a joyful early childhood setting that encourages freedom of expression, focuses on building strong social-emotional skills, and promotes self-confidence through active hands-on learning. The philosophy of TSNS is based on the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, Gardner, the Bank Street Model and constructivist education. We are also inspired by the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy. Our program is imbued with Jewish values that emphasize and promote kindness (g'milut chasadim), doing good deeds (mitzvot) and taking care of our world (tikkun olam). At TSNS, we believe that play is the primary vehicle through which learning progresses in the early years. Sensitivity to the needs of parents of young children always underpins our efforts. In addition to providing an excellent developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum, we take pride in being a part of the larger Temple Sinai community and helping parents foster a positive sense of Jewish identity in their children. A warm and welcoming parent community is at the heart of our program; parents are involved in the daily life of the program and take leadership roles at the Nursery School. The Parents Association plans and supports several family and school-wide events each year such as the Family Fall Holidays Festival, the annual Winter Family Concert, the school-wide Hanukkah Celebration and Model Seder, and the annual Spring Auction. NS GardenThis program maintains the highest standards of early childhood education. We have achieved accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and we are a Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning Commended School. Small classes, and a physical environment that includes a kitchen designed specifically for children and teachers to cook, vegetable and flower garden, motor room, and "investigation room" where children have hands-on experiences with science and art, complement our core program. Every morning, we welcome children into our extended playground that sets the stage for imaginative play and physical development, with its bike path, climbing equipment, and rock and sand gardens. "The city school with the country playground" Every year at our Parents Evening we share the philosophy of our school through word play and photographs of every child. Temple Sinai Nursery School is a child care center in Washington, DC. We are open from 6:00am to 6:00pm. To learn more about us, please send us an email.
Montessori School of Chevy Chase
The Montessori School of Chevy Chase was founded in 1999 and serves approximately 60 children from many diverse cultures and backgrounds each year. Our school enjoys a reputation for academic excellence and active parent involvement. Our founder/director of the school, Marlene Cherry, holds an AMI Primary Montessori Diploma, a Masters Degree in Montessori Education and a BS in Education. All teachers are Montessori certified and take ongoing classes to further their education. The Montessori School of Chevy Chase is a member of the International Montessori Council and the American Montessori Society. Overview Montessori is an educational approach focusing on independence, respect for a child’s natural development, and freedom (within limits). It is founded on the premise that while children develop in different ways and at different rates, they do so in a defined sequence. The Montessori approach holds that young children have a natural drive to understand the world around them and they can best learn through self-teaching in carefully prepared environments, under the guidance of a caring teacher. Montessori Teachers Montessori teachers help individual children find challenges appropriate for their skill level. While traditional teachers tend to act as leaders and organizers, Montessori teachers serve more as a guides and facilitators. It is their job to provide positive reinforcement and steer children towards challenging activities while respecting their freedom of choice. Montessori Classrooms Classrooms in Montessori schools are specially designed to spark curiosity, minimize unnecessary failure and promote feelings of joy when achievement occurs. Children start by focusing on concrete and manipulative tasks then shift to more abstract tasks as knowledge and proficiency increase. In a Montessori classroom, the goal is to stimulate the desire for self exploration and understanding. Our Program Child The Montessori School of Chevy Chase provides quality learning and growth opportunities for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old. All of our programs fully embrace the Montessori method of teaching which includes an emphasis on self-directed learning, mixed age group classrooms and building independence & confidence.

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Other Accredited Daycares Near Washington DC

Christian Family Montessori School

Over three decades ago, a small group of parents desired a school for... their children where the teachers would treat the students respectfully, as human beings loved by God, as well as nurturing them academically. Christian Family Montessori School opened in September of 1981 with 12 students, meeting in the living room of Catherine and Charley Maresca. Rebekah Rojcewicz was their teacher, called to our school from her study in Rome with Sofia Cavalletti, initiator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. In March 1982 CFMS made its home at St. James Catholic Church in Mt. Rainier, MD where it would remain for nearly 30 years. During those years the school added a second Primary class and two Elementary classes serving children from age 2 1/2 through 12 year olds in the sixth grade. In June 2012 CFMS moved to its present home located at St. Paul's Rock Creek Episcopal Parish surrounded by the beautiful grounds of the historic Rock Creek Church Cemetery. As the school celebrated its 30th year, it also was able to offer both Traditional and All-Day Primary Montessori programs to provide various scheduling options for families including half-day and full-day classes between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The two Elementary classes have a full school day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the option of Elementary Extended care until 6:00 p.m. Through its growth and in various locations, the school has maintained its founding vision of providing an education that nourishes children in body, mind, and spirit. Since its opening, CFMS has offered financial assistance in an effort to serve an economically diverse community of families. The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) recognizes Christian Family Montessori School as a recognized A.M.I. Montessori School at the Primary and Elementary levels.

George E. Peters Adventist School

Welcome to George E. Peters Adventist School—The Best School with the... Best Students! We are a Pre-K-8 co-educational Christian school located in the quiet suburbs of Washington, DC in Hyattsville, Maryland. Our staff is committed to providing quality education in a safe, Christ-centered learning environment. G. E. Peters School is part of the world-wide Adventist school network. The Adventist educational system includes elementary and high schools, colleges and universities in countries around the world. Greeting Friends, I believe that children are our highest priority. All children can learn when we have high expectations. An inviting school climate translates into a positive learning environment. The school faculty and staff are dedicated to the students and to individual professional growth and development. I believe that the administration sets the tone for the entire school by exhibiting leadership academically and spiritually, employing and supporting best practices, and modeling all values of this philosophy. Parents and community must be involved in students learning. Curricular and co-curricular activities must be designed to achieve a positive climate and to lead all stakeholders to feel a sense of belonging to the school. I believe that student academic achievement occurs through a climate of mutual respect and sensitivity among all stakeholders, including students, parents, community members, teachers, administrators, board members, church members and the entire staff. It is our goal to become the best school with the best students, the best parents, and the best teachers. George E. Peters Adventist School was established to provide Christan education for the members of its constituent churches and its surrounding community. Admission is open to all students, regardless of race, ethnic background or religious affiliation. All students are expected to adhere to the philosophy, objectives and standards of George E. Peters school. Admission priority is given to students of the constituent churches. The prospective student must complete an application form and two principal/teacher recommendations, which will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The applicant can be tested and interviewed to determine placement or final acceptance. Application forms are below or can be picked up when visiting the school for more information.

National Child Research Center

Every child has a story… and this is where the story begins. Founded... in 1928, the National Child Research Center is the oldest continuously operating preschool in the District of Columbia. In the beginning, the study of children’s behavior was anything but commonplace. A unique coordination of interests in child study and parent education led representatives of eight organizations, which had been working independently, to pool their interests and create a laboratory for child study. Under a three-year grant from the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, NCRC (then known as the Washington Child Research Center) began the first of its more than 80 years. In 1931, when the grant ended, parents faced with losing their children’s school raised $32,500 in the midst of the Depression to purchase a home at 3209 Highland Place and to run NCRC as an independent preschool. NCRC’s early mission was almost identical to that of today: outstanding faculty; professional development; implementation of appropriate, cutting-edge research; inclusion of children with special needs; a curriculum rooted in early childhood development; and parent education. Throughout its history, the school has welcomed parents as partners by supporting, educating, and engaging parents and families through school events, classroom activities, conferences, specialist resources, and ongoing communication. From the beginning, NCRC has been committed to serving children with special needs and to creating a diverse and respectful community. NCRC has always been a leader in early childhood education. To give just one example from the 1960s, NCRC led the way in training Head Start teachers in DC. Today, NCRC continues to share its long-standing model of a play-based preschool program with others in the field, to collaborate with early childhood educators (both locally and across the country), and to advocate for all children. Inspired by the playfulness of young children and tempered by the wisdom and experience of 80 years, NCRC continues to live its mission and to contribute to the field of early childhood education through its work with children, families, and the community at large. Curriculum Play-Based Learning Our highly skilled and experienced teachers plan curriculum based on the interests and developmental stages of the children in the class. Activities reflect the five domains of early childhood learning: social-emotional, physical, communication, self-help, and cognitive. Enrichment Programs Children have the opportunity each day to participate in a class taught by specialists, with opportunities to experience music, motor, and library. Music teachers provide children with an understanding of the foundations of music and integrate movement, songs, rhythm, instruments, chants, dance, and poetry. An experienced movement teacher helps children practice their motor skills such as hopping, balancing, climbing, and more. Magical library experiences are linked to the classroom curricula, often introducing authors or illustrators.

Communikids Preschool

Our mission at CommuniKids is to prepare young children to become the... global citizens of tomorrow by creating a joyful, playful, and nurturing environment that immerses students in a second language. Our program strives to instill the disposition, knowledge, and skills required to succeed in a highly interconnected world. At CommuniKids, we prepare young children to become the global citizens of tomorrow while immersing them in a second language. We offer our NAEYC-accredited preschool, which immerses children in a second language and new culture, while also preparing them for kindergarten. Preschool is available for children from age 2 1/2 – age 5. Our DC and Loudoun County, VA locations offer preschool in only Spanish. Our Falls Church location offers preschool in Spanish and French. Our Richmond, VA location offers preschool in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Our afterschool Language Enrichment Program offers classes for children from age 18 months up to age 8, in order to further practice their language skills in either Spanish, French, Chinese, or Arabic. These classes provide developmentally-appropriate ways for children to learn the new language, including: singing, dancing, playing, and, for the school-age students, reading and writing as well. Our summer camps offer summer fun while learning about nature, animals, and plants. All of our summer camps offer Spanish-language immersion, and some of our locations offer French or Mandarin, as well. CommuniKids began as a small, parent-run cooperative preschool in 2003 and has developed into the DC Metro area’s premier children’s language center and preschool. At the very beginning, three of our top executives were inspired by the idea of having their own children develop into multilingual, multicultural global citizens. They had their own children enrolled in their new school, and have been thrilled to watch their children grow into the global, multilingual young people they see today. Seeing these extraordinary linguistic and cultural developments in their own children, they hoped to be able to do the same for other families as well. As a team, in 2005, we began broadening our scope into afterschool programs for children. We established our preschool program in 2009 in both Falls Church, VA and Washington, DC. In the spring of 2015, we opened a new preschool center in Richmond, VA and in the summer of the same year, we opened another center in Loudoun County, VA. CommuniKids was the area’s first language center to offer classes for children ages 18 months to 8 years of age in Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Arabic, and is currently the only children’s language center to offer a full-time, Spanish and French-immersion preschool in the greater Washington area. We are proud of our story and are very excited about its future chapters.

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