Best Daycare Centers in Potomac MD

Daycare Centers in Potomac MD

Sherman Early Childhood Center at Har Shalom
The Sherman ECC opened in 1972 and has grown to become the pride of our congregation. In the summer of 2016 our classrooms were completely renovated and feature open spaces and big beautiful windows. In the fall of 2016 our school will be building a state of the art natural playground. Last year we were named Washington FAMILY magazine's Best Preschool, Best Faith-based school, and Best Art Classes. At the Sherman ECC, we believe that each child is a capable and unique individual. Our program provides learning and positive social interaction opportunities for all children through a quality, inclusive and developmentally appropriate program. We nurture children and families in a safe and supportive community. Our program strives to meet the individual needs of each and every child and encourages them to explore their environment through meaningful, relevant and hands-on experiences. Through an array of developmentally appropriate approaches, children develop language, cognitive, social-emotional and physical skills. In addition, our children develop spirituality and an intense feeling of pride in their Jewish heritage, as they observe and participate in Jewish customs and holiday observances. As early childhood professionals, we aim to give each child the opportunity to learn, develop and play to their fullest potential. Our Director, Beth Hoch has been in the early childhood field for over 16 years as a teacher, team leader, and school administrator. She has a passion for Jewish early childhood education and creating an environment where all children are growing and challenged. Beth feels parents are partners and that we work together in the classroom, at home, and in the synagogue to nurture each child and help them grow cognitively, socially, physically, and spiritually through a variety of learning experiences.

Recent Reviews in Potomac MD

Westfield Kids Daycare

"This provider is very kind and experienced in child care. She has been a child care provider for over thirty years and this experience really shows. She is very kind and nurturing towards the"

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Hollinridge Children's House

"Our daughter has attended this in-home daycare since she was just three months old. She loves it there and gets so excited to see the providers as well as the other kids who attend with her. The..."

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Saint Raphael's School

At St. Raphael School, we focus on the whole child—spiritually,... intellectually, physically and socially. Our top-ranked elementary school provides children with an inspiring and challenging academic program infused with state-of-the-art technology. Through differentiated learning and small-group instruction, we personalize the educational experience for each child. And all along the way, our Catholic identity shines through. Our school community, through faith and reason, prepares students to lead lives of service by embracing the love of God and neighbor. By fostering a strong sense of self-worth, we build character in our students and enable them to reach their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Some of the highlights that set us apart: Educational Building: Our building opened in 2011 and offers a science lab, art room, music room, computer lab and more. The middle-schoolers have their own home on the upper level. State-of-the-Art Technology: Classrooms are equipped with Promethean boards and document cameras for interactive learning. Middle-schoolers are assigned iPads, which enhance their cross-curricular learning while reducing the weight of textbooks. Warm and Welcoming: Our kind environment is consistently cited as a top reason for choosing St. Raphael School. Here, students are encouraged to use their gifts to be the people God created them to be. Customized Education: Differentiated learning and small-group instruction are woven throughout a rigorous academic curriculum. This means we’re able to accelerate children who are ready to advance while ensuring that those who require extra help get exactly that. Morning Prayer: The children begin their day in the church. The calming influence of prayer and quiet discussion helps them start every day with God in their hearts. Physical Education: Research has shown that physical activity stimulates the brain for better learning. Grades 3 and up have P.E. four times a week; K-2 have P.E. once a week and two recesses a day. Our new SPARK Room is equipped with cardio machines, punching bags and jump ropes. SPARK is a research-based program that emphasizes individual fitness goals that grow with the students, ideally into adulthood. Class Size: We cap our classes at 25. We strategically created a small school to give the children the attention they deserve. Lower teacher-student ratios allow each child to receive a customized education. Character Development: The Golden Rule is the moral compass that guides our students in their emotional development. Outreach projects teach the children that others need our compassion and care. Curriculum: St. Raphael School's curriculum is driven by the Archdiocese of Washington Academic Standards. The ADW modeled its curriculum after the top-ranked Indiana Standards, which allowed for an easy segue to the Common Core Standards. We do not "teach to the test" but instead employ thematic approaches to education. By developing a framework around a core theme, our teachers identify specific multi-disciplinary goals. Students explore independently and as a group as they accomplish cross-curricular milestones.

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