Play-based Daycares in Washington DC

Play-based Daycares in Washington DC

Recent Reviews in Washington DC

Palisades Kids Playhouse

"We would like to recommend to anyone who is looking for a daycare for newborn. Our little one was 10 weeks when we placed her here.Thanks to this provider, and her team for the excellent care to our"

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Flower Avenue Little Playhouse

"This daycare is the best place for my baby, when he spend his day at this daycare I have nothing to worry about. My baby is happy to be there."

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Other Play-based Daycares Near Washington DC

Safe Haven Child Care

Aurelia Moore is the Sole Proprietor of Safe Haven Child Care, a licensed Family Child Care facility. Safe Haven Day Care is located in Mount... Rainier, MD., near the West Hyattsville and Brookland Metro Stations and accessible to the F1 Cheverly/Takoma and R4 Highview/Brookland Metro Bus lines. Mrs. Moore cares for children beginning at 6 weeks old. Mrs. Moore has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care and is a certified Medication Technician. Mrs. Moore received Americans with Disabilities Act Training and accepts children with special needs. She utilizes the ASQ-3, Ages and Stages Questionnaire a developmental monitoring system to assess development and she supports breastfeeding, providing a comfortable private space for mothers and their babies. Her Child Care environment is clean, spacious, sunny, literacy-rich and fully equipped with supplies that give children the opportunity to explore, make choices and develop and maintain positive social interactions. The Creative Curriculum is utilized at Safe Haven. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is an award-winning research-based curriculum. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on 38 objectives for development and learning. These objectives are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and state early learning standards and integrated into each and every one of the comprehensive collection of resources that makes up the curriculum. Educators can be confident that they are meeting important early learning standards every day, even while bringing their own creativity and expertise into daily planning. What’s more, the curriculum also offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction by helping teachers meet the needs of every learner, with a particular focus on English language development. In addition to the Creative Curriculum, Mrs. Moore considers the children's inquiries as an extension to the curriculum to ensure that the children comprehend what they are taught. Mrs. Moore provides a literacy-rich environment that includes field trips to the local library for Story Time and the children are provided with the opportunity to apply for a Library Card and browse and check out a book of their choice. Mrs. Moore is sensitive to the fact that children are active, therefore outdoor activities are a daily event when weather permits if only for a few minutes. These activities include neighborhood strolls and visits to the local parks to allow children to develop gross motor skills. Mrs. Moore has an extensive portfolio and references that she shares during interviews and is highly recommended by parents and local school officials.

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.

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