Best Daycare Centers Near Me

Daycare Centers Near Me

Mount Olivet Children's Center
About Us Mount Olivet Children's Center is a family-owned child care center and preschool in Washington, DC. I am the owner and as a mother myself, I know that finding safe and quality child care is important. Our director is also a mother, she has 15 years of child care experience, and she holds a Bachelors’ degree in Early Childhood Education. She’s also CPR and first-aid certified, as well as MAT trained. At Mount Olivet Children's Center, we offer a play-based early learning environment. We are open from 7:00am until 6:00pm and care for children between 6 weeks and 5 years old. We offer a preschool program, full-time and part-time daycare, as well as drop in care. We also have a summer camp, as well as before and after school care. We provide snacks to the children in our care, and offer a peanut-free environment. Our child development center is located near Gallaudet University, in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington DC (off Mt Oliver Rd NE). We look forward to meeting you and your little one! Philosophy Our goal at Mount Olivet Children's Center is to provide high quality child care and early education for infants as young as 6 weeks, through 5 years old. Our underlying belief are that children need to be loved, respected, and accepted. Trust is critical and trust is built in an environment where caregivers respond appropriately to our children through communication. We also believe that young children learn through their senses, by watching and touching. Therefore, we offer our students lots of age-appropriate hands on activities to allow them freedom of movements, which we believe is also a key element for their development. Our Curriculum The daily program for our little students includes both independent and collaborative activities. Children are encouraged to quietly explore and discover on their own, but we also believe that in today’s world, it’s critical for children to learn to work socialize and learn and work in a group. Our caregivers and teachers also cater to the needs of each child, and will provide an early learning environment to meet infants’ unique developmental needs. We create daily routines and develop both verbal and non-verbal communication skills in a personalized and nurturing environment. Daily activities include communication and vocabulary for language development, fine and large motor skills, and socialization (we practice manners and courtesy.) We help with potty-training and also involve children in the preparation of our meals and the care of their classroom so they develop practical life skills very early on.

About Daycare Centers Near Me

In the world of early childhood education, one of the choices parents face is whether to enroll their child in a daycare center or a preschool. These days, the two actually have a lot in common, including being regulated by the same state agencies. Contrary to a common perception, many child care centers also offer educational activities that mirror those in a good preschool, and while daycares tend to be somewhat less expensive on average, they can sometimes match or exceed the cost of comparable preschools. Some preschools also offer before and after school beyond the "official" school day. Nevertheless, there are some other key differences that parents should consider.

First, daycare centers almost always offer more flexible hours than preschools, opening earlier, closing later, and continuing to operate during school holidays, which makes them a fantastic option for working parents. Some will even offer customizable schedules, allowing children to attend during specific hour blocks throughout the week. Daycares come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny in-home daycares with a single caregiver, to large age-separated child care centers employing dozens of employees including a director, assistant director, teachers, assistant teachers and child care providers. Preschools usually have a potty training requirement, while most daycares will accept children still in diapers.

Daycare centers also tend to accept a wider age range of children (sometimes as young as a few weeks), creating environments where infants and toddlers might interact with older preschoolers. This can make life easier for parents of multiple young children and may provide socialization opportunities unavailable in preschools that separate age groups. Mixed aged groups are, however, more common in home daycares, and less so in larger child care centers. Some preschools also offer mixed age group environments, such as Montessori preschools.

The classroom layout of most large daycare centers will be similar to a preschool, while home-based daycare programs can offer intimate environments that are hard to find in any other context. Daycares are less likely to follow a particular teaching philosophy like Montessori schools or Reggio Emilia preschools, and in general may be less oriented towards pre-academic skills and kindergarten preparation. A good daycare center will also offer quality early education for children, but will generally focus on play-based learning and fostering a warm, happy environment.

Daycare teachers might not be held to the same educational standards as in preschools, although there has been no significant disparity found in grade school children based on their participation in either a daycare or preschool setting. However, parents should always inquire about the educational background of the teachers when considering a daycare center for their child.

Other Daycare Centers Near Washington DC

Intown Play Group

Welcome to Intown Playgroup, a school for Toddlers and Parents and... Caregivers. This is where children ages one through three learn and grow through play and discovery, and where families come together to learn about their children and early childhood education. For over 40 years Intown Playgroup has been part of the Georgetown community in Washington, DC, gratefully housed in the historic Mount Zion Methodist Church. Our program introduces children to the bigger world of social experiences, nurturing them in the stage between playing at home and going off to school by themselves. Our full-time Director and her staff of two teachers believe in an emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio Philosophy and other best practices in early childhood education. Classroom offerings are introduced and developed based on what we observe interests the children and what adults wish to highlight in order to extend a greater depth of learning. We are a parent cooperative, and parents are an essential part of our community. A parent or caregiver accompanies each child during the school day, playing and learning together. Parents also volunteer time to serve on the Board of Directors and participate in other special and social events. Intown Playgroup is a licensed, non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that is financially supported through tuition payments and run by the Board of Directors and staff. We enroll children who are one- and two-years old by September 1st of the year they enter our program. Children gather for the morning in the large open classroom, socializing with and learning from one another. At Intown Playgroup we recognize each child as a capable, unique and individual learner. We believe in a Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum. Our philosophy is dynamic and recognizes the curiosities of the children supported by the teachers’ extensions enriching and deepening learning. At Intown we believe that children learn best through play and discovery. We view play as a vital experience through which children learn social, conceptual and creative skills, as well as increase their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Play offers the opportunity for parents to engage authentically with their children. Parent participation is an essential part of our philosophy. At Intown we view parents as partners, collaborators, active participants, and advocates for children’s learning. We strive to work together and build strong relationships with parents and caregivers. Intown welcomes families Monday through Friday 9 AM – 12 PM throughout the school year, with the exception of major holidays, church activities, and extreme weather. Children and their caregivers are welcome to attend as often as they wish each week. Intown Playgroup does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin or religion.

Georgetown Montessori School

The Georgetown Montessori School, established in 1983, provides the... "prepared environment" essential to Montessori education. The equipment is scientifically designed to provide the child with concrete examples of abstract ideas. It is self-corrective, allowing the child to develop his senses and learn for himself under the guidance of a skilled Montessori teacher. Children are free to talk and move around, are stimulated by purposeful learning activities of their own choosing, can discover and correct their own errors, and are treated with respect and trust. All these factors help the children to develop an inner discipline and a sense of responsibility. The materials are programmed, each piece prepares the child to take another step ahead in his learning, progressing from the simple to the complex, from the concrete to the abstract. The materials are multifaceted, so the child can learn a variety of increasingly complex things from a single piece. Grasping the initial idea behind the piece of apparatus is only the start for the child. The actual learning takes place when the child voluntarily begins a repetition of the work. It is this repetition, the concentration it develops, and the child's internal feelings of success and accomplishment that reinforce the learning. Thus, the child's main motivation comes internally. External reinforcers such as rewards, punishments or contrived competition are unnecessary in a Montessori environment. Education, to Maria Montessori, was a preparation for life, not merely a search for intellectual skills. The Georgetown Montessori School consists of a toddler program and a primary program. The children in our Toddler program begin at 24 months and continue until they are approximately three years old. Classes meet three or five mornings weekly. This offers the child their first school experience. The class consists of fifteen two year olds with one Montessori teacher and two assistants. The toddlers develop in the areas of language, movement, independence and socialization. The child learns to make choices, and "work" alone, or in small groups. Through their work, they develop concentration and self confidence. In group activities, the children participate in singing, stories and snack. This is your child's first exposure to a larger community. The Montessori Primary program, for ages 3 to 6, emphasizes the following areas: PRACTICAL LIFE EXERCISES These are exercises in polishing, washing, pouring, or learning to lace and tie a bow, for a few examples. They help the child to become independent and to care for his or her own needs. In addition to being intrinsically satisfying to the child, such "real" activities help develop large and small muscle coordination, orderly work and study habits, and deep concentration. SENSORIAL These exercises help the children become aware of the world around them. Exercises are designed to help the child isolate, compare, and classify perceptions of sounds, smells, colors, textures, sizes, and shapes. Sensory exercises progress naturally to a variety of activities such as art, music, geography, history, the sciences, and plant and animal studies. LANGUAGE... The study of the English language begins with a phonetic approach. It gradually encompasses all forms of the language, including writing, reading, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and dramatization. French is introduced in singing , counting and beginning vocabulary lessons. MATHEMATICS The Montessori approach to teaching math is a basic one, beginning with concrete objects, moving to the abstract ideas, and associating the two together. The curriculum goes from learning quantities, to the decimal system, and on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. GEOGRAPHY: The children learn the continents of the world as well as the countries of these continents. They also see visual impressions of the different continents and cultures. They learn how to make flags of different countries and listen to various international music. MUSIC, ART: Music is part of our everyday curriculum during a mid-morning circle singing time. A music class is also offered once weekly during which time children are introduced to instruments of the orchestra and are introduced to timbre, pitch and elements of Jazz. A creative art class is offered in small groups five mornings per week as an introduction to different art mediums. Seasonal Programs: The children perform seasonal productions for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. This allows the parents to socialize and the children to become more self confident with their performance skills. Georgetown Montessori School Inc. is a child care center in Washington, DC. We are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm. To learn more about us, please send us an email.

Little Folks School

About Us The Little Folks School is an independent Nursery School for... children ages two and a half to five, located in Georgetown. Founded over 40 years ago, Little Folks is devoted to the needs of the whole child with a focus on the Arts. Curriculum At the Little Folks School we create an environment for your child to learn through active exploration and interaction with teachers, other children, and the physical world around them. Our approach to meeting the needs of the whole child informs every curriculum decision. Play Our program is “play-based” with significant portions of the day devoted to self-directed, imaginary play. Our goal is to support and encourage activities initiated by the young child. Time spent in this way has great purpose and significance for the child; these activities are not random and have a pattern and organization in keeping with the child’s level of mental ability. Allowing the child time and freedom to complete these activities to his or her personal satisfaction nourishes that child’s powers of concentration and attention. At Little Folks, we respect and value the self-initiated play of young children. Pro-social Development Our program utilizes 8 strategies for developing pro-social behavior. We provide child-sensitive, age-appropriate care. The emphasis is on cooperation rather than competition. We consider the layout and arrangement of classrooms. Children’s literature is utilized. We initiate discussions about sharing and provide concrete experiences. We develop altruistic projects. Children are required to be responsible toward others. We develop daily rituals that cherish children. Physical Education The goal of our Physical Education program is to help children develop body and spatial awareness and to help them refine their emerging motor skills. Classes include aerobics, balancing activities, obstacle courses, and work with balls of all sizes. In addition, one class per week is devoted to Health, Safety and Nutrition.

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