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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 Preschools Near Me

When making a decision about the early education of their child, parents have two main options to choose from: enrolling their child in a preschool or a daycare center. These days, the two actually have a lot in common, including being licensed by the same state agencies. Contrary to a common perception, many quality daycare centers also offer educational and extracurricular activities that mirror those in a good preschool, and while daycares tend to be somewhat less expensive, the gap in the cost of child care is not always significant. Some preschools will also offer daycare services before and after the "official" school day, or even all-day care for infants and toddlers, giving parents the benefits of both worlds.

Nevertheless, there are some other key differences between daycare and preschool that parents should consider. First, preschools will generally follow a schedule similar to grade schools, opening later and closing earlier than daycare centers. Preschools will also be closed on school holidays and breaks, making them less convenient options for parents with demanding work schedules. Preschool programs typically won't accept infants or young toddlers, usually will have a potty training requirement, and will almost always separate preschoolers by age group (except in some educational approaches like the Montessori philosophy for instance.)

Most preschools will follow a curriculum more centered on kindergarten preparation, and are far more likely than daycares to offer specific teaching philosophies like Montessori, Reggio Emilia or Waldorf. Children will still enjoy plenty of playtime in a preschool, but pre-academic preparation (letters, shapes, numbers, sequencing, etc.) and/or cohesive educational philosophies are a significant component of each day. Another fact to consider is that parents are often asked to interact more frequently with the preschool teachers, which can include formal parent-teacher conferences.

Most preschool classrooms are fairly similar to one another, although particular educational philosophies will employ different strategies when it comes to classroom layout, toys, technology, activities, etc. Preschools rarely replicate the intimate environment of in-home daycares, but if for parents looking for a home-like environment, Waldorf preschools are the best choice. Preschools do tend to hold teachers to higher educational standards and while students can succeed in grade school coming from a wide range of early childhood education centers, parents wishing for their children to enter kindergarten having developed a specific and grade-appropriate skill set might prefer the structure of a preschool curriculum.

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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.

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