Best Preschools in Washington DC

Preschools in Washington DC

Manor Park Children's Academy
About Me: Welcome to Manor Park Children's Academy, my home-based child care and preschool program in Washington, DC. I hold a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I run my daycare with my assistant and together, we have over 10 years of combined child care experience. We are mother ourselves, so we can relate to parents and understand your needs. We’re also CPR and First-aid certified, so your kids are in good hands! Curriculum: We structure our early childhood education curriculum around four key elements of development to ensure the growth of the whole child, from infant to age 5. They are: Social: Your child will communicate with others verbally and nonverbally to engage the world around them. Your child will make new friends and gain the confidence, self-esteem, and negotiating skills necessary for a lifetime of healthy relationships. Emotional: Children will enjoy a safe, nurturing “home away from home” where they can learn to express themselves and understand their own unique identities. Your child will gain the comfort and confidence to forge trusting relationships, value their individuality, and have fun just being himself. Physical: We focus on the physical health and well-being of your child so he grows up safe and strong. Motor-skill development, coordination, mobility, and exercise all help ensure your growing child has a healthy body for a lifetime. Manor Park Children's Academy also teaches Christian belief and values. Intellectual: Our early education programs help build brain power by supporting the development of judgment, perception, memory, reasoning, critical thinking, and language through a series of age-appropriate cognitive activities are important and children learn by experiencing the world around them. We also offer the following extra-curricular activities: Science, Reading, Math, Arts & Crafts, Music, and Dance. Program: Our hours of operations are between 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We provide full-time and part-time care for infants as young as 6 weeks, as well as toddlers through preschoolers up to 5 years old. We also serve snacks to all children in our care, in a peanut-free & tree-nut free environment. Location: Manor Park Children's Academy is in the Manor Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. We are located off Blair Rd NW and Kansas Ave NW, near Fort Slocum Park. We are also just a few minutes away from New Hampshire Ave NE and Georgia Ave NW. Please call or send us an email to schedule a visit. We’re excited to meet you and your little one!
Green Hill Child Development Center
Welcome to Green Hill Child Development Center, our licensed child care center and preschool in Silver Spring, MD! About The Staff Our Director has 12 years of experience and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Our staff members are all experienced and qualified; they are also CPR and First-aid certified, as well as MAT trained (if needed, we can administer medication to all children in our care). Our lead teachers have at least an Associate's Degree. We’ve been in business for 45 years so you can be sure that your little one will receive the quality care and early education they deserve! Teaching Philosophy We believe that every child is unique and they can grow and succeed through encouragement and praise. Our teachers and caregivers help our little students build self-confidence by giving them proper guidance, positive feedback and rewards. We nurture them and always bring out the best in them so they can see the world around them with wonder and awe. Our staff is very diverse, and at our daycare center, we pride ourselves on teaching children cultural diversity. Curriculum We follow the Discovery method combined with the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy, where students are guided as they learn through Play, Cause & Effect, Songs, Movements, Rhythm and Syncopation, Read Aloud Story Time, and Health & Safety. In other words, our program approach is not rigorous, but uses Intentional Teaching Strategies through the Nationally Approved Creative Curriculum with Maryland Module for School Readiness (MMSR) certified teachers. Our curriculum is mostly in English, however, we also introduce different languages such as Spanish as well as the American Sign Language. Our educational team and our curriculum allows children with varying special needs to be a part of our program with or without the help of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy (both onsite and offsite). We also help parents teach their children to be involved in the community. Program Our child care and preschool program is from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We provide full-time and part-time care for infants as young as 6 weeks, as well as toddlers and preschoolers up to 5 years old, including children with special needs. All kids attending our program are served with breakfast and snacks in the afternoon (already included in the program), but parents have to provide lunch. We’re also open in the summer and we offer a fun summer camp program! Location Green Hill Child Development Center is located in the Takoma Park neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD. Our facility is right off Sligo Creek Pkwy (between Piney Branch Road and Maple Avenue) and has easy access to these major roads: Philadelphia Ave (route 410) and Carroll Ave (route 195). Our center is near Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park Elementary School, and Piney Branch Elementary School. Thanks for reading our profile, please call or send us an email. We look forward to meeting you and your family!
St. Columba's Nursery School
“St. Columba’s is a welcoming Christian community that seeks to be open in spirit, deep in faith, rich in worship, active in service.” This mission statement is embodied in all that we do, from making music and celebrating the Eucharist, to the many ways we engage in lifelong faith and formation, to the ongoing care and hospitality that we extend to one another and to those outside our walls. A sense of mission is woven through the very fabric of this place. It’s not by accident that the first phrase after “seeks to be” is “open in spirit.” We long to be open to the transforming power of God’s love and to live that love in active service. We know that we meet God in the rich vitality of our worship and we place a strong emphasis on the power and importance of continuing formation and education for all ages. In all of our seeking we value hospitality, the sincere welcome of new companions on the journey of Christian life and witness. At this point in our history and in the complexity of our time, we seek to be open to the wonder of God’s creation and human diversity. All are welcome here. We seek to be grounded in such depth of worship that our lives are transformed and renewed each Sunday. The faith that grounds us also sends us out in service to the world. Our Celtic cross carries the message in its interlocking knots: open in spirit is represented by the dove on the right, deep in faith is the fish on the left, rich in worship is the trinity on top (a form of the Celtic triquetra, symbol of the one God in three persons) and active in service is the heart on the bottom. These four elements weave together to form a cross, the ultimate symbol of a Christian community, which makes a powerful visual statement about the work and mission of our parish. We seek to be rooted in the joyous wonder of the Celtic tradition, vibrant in color and moving forward into God’s Future. Every child is special. Each one changes and grows along a developmental continuum in a pattern as unique as a thumbprint. The philosophy of St. Columba's Nursery School affirms that every individual connected with the school is regarded as a person with an inestimable capacity to grow and learn - children, parents, and staff. Young children, of course, are the primary focus of the school. Discerning the child's level of development and challenging him or her with new and varied experiences are the goals of our approach to teaching and learning. At St. Columba's we guide and support our students as they grow in self-sufficiency, motivation to learn about and explore the world around them, and in becoming eager collaborators in the classroom. We believe that the best preparation for on-going school, and quite frankly, for life, is to help children learn to take care of themselves and their belongings, express themselves in acceptable ways, and to learn the give and take of leadership and collaboration. Children need space to grow in mind, body, and spirit and so half of each school day is spent outdoors. Our large well-equipped playgrounds with their paved areas for riding vehicles, wide-open slopes for sledding and rolling hoops, places to dig and burrow, sandboxes, gardens, running water, slides, climbing structures and swings has no equal in our area. Our full-time playground coordinator ensures that the playgrounds are ready and inviting for play each day. Similarly, our six classrooms, music, and environmental science spaces are light-filled, spacious and attractive and filled with materials and equipment to promote children's learning and exploration. Since 1959 St. Columba's has been a haven for childhood, embracing play as the child's most natural and effective way of learning. We'd love to have your child join us for a rich, joy-filled, and exuberant first school experience. Child care is an important part of our welcome to St. Columba’s youngest members and their families. It offers a place where infants and young children can experience the love and care of this community, and it offers parents an opportunity to give their full attention to worship and other church activities. Child care is available for infants and children up to age 3 every Sunday morning and for occasional evening services and lectures. Sunday hours are from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm (September through early June) and from 10:15 to 11:45 am during the summer service schedule. Children can stay for any length of time while child care is in operation. We have three adult child care providers to engage with children. You will be asked to sign in your child, inform the child care workers of any special information and tag your diaper bag. You will be given a beeper in case we need you to return to the child care room.

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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.

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.

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