Best Daycares in Dupont Circle, Washington DC

Daycares in Dupont Circle, 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.
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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St. John's Episcopal Preschool

About Us: Our preschool curriculum is inspired by the philosophy of... teaching young children that originates in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We believe children possess a natural capacity for joy, a sense of wonder about the world and the motivation to make sense of their world. Every young child is intelligent and capable of constructing knowledge through interactions with parents, peers, and educators. At St. John's, children's investigations take on multiple dimensions as they explore the world using their unique personalities and abilities. We also believe all children have the right to caring relationships and rich learning environments provided by adults who listen to their ideas, value their thinking, and thereby broaden their understanding of their world. Our Preschool was founded by parishioners as a part of the church's bicentennial celebration. As a ministry of St. John's Church, we seek to form a bridge to the wider community, reflect the diversity around us, and support the full potential of childhood. The Preschool welcomed its first class of four children in March 1997. In the ensuing years, we have grown to an enrollment of 45 children, ranging in age from 2-1/2 to 5 years. We offer three morning classes with mixed-age extended day options in the morning Early Birds program and the afternoon Kids' Workshop. St. John's Episcopal Preschool is a child care center in Washington, DC. We are open from 8:00am to 3:30pm. To learn more about us, please send us an email.

Childrens House of Washington

Through a traditional Montessori education we are a community... committed to establishing the intellectual, emotional, and physical foundation that will develop the skills for your child to become a self-directed learner, flexible thinker, creative problem solver, and support their ever-increasing curiosity about the world in which they live. The Children’s House is child-centered within a nurturing environment where exceptional and experienced teachers support and guide each student with warmth and respect. Our single minded focus is to teach children the foundational skills they will need to succeed in each school they attend as well as in the larger context of their adult lives. We invite you as parents to become active participants in our learning community. Whether you volunteer to help with class projects or on field trips, we welcome your commitment to your child’s education. I look forward to welcoming you and your child at The Children’s House of Washington! The Montessori method of teaching aims for the fullest possible development of the whole child, ultimately preparing him for life's many rich experiences. Complemented by her training in medicine, psychology and anthropology, Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) developed her philosophy of education based upon actual observations of children. Children pass through sensitive periods of development early in life. Dr. Montessori described the child's mind between the time of birth and six years of age as the "absorbent mind". It is during this stage that a child has a tremendous ability to learn and assimilate from the world around him, without conscious effort. During this time, children are particularly receptive to certain external stimuli. A Montessori teacher recognizes and takes advantage of these highly perceptive stages through the introduction of materials and activities, which are specially designed to stimulate the intellect. Encouraged to focus her attention on one particular quality, the child works at her own optimum level – in an environment where beauty and orderliness are emphasized and appreciated. A spontaneous love of "work" is revealed as the child is given the freedom (within boundaries) to make her own choices. Montessori teachers are trained facilitators in the classroom, always ready to assist and direct. Their purpose is to stimulate the child's enthusiasm for learning and to guide it, without interfering with the child's natural desire to teach himself and become independent. Each child works through his individual cycle of activities, and learns to truly understand according to his own unique needs and capabilities. Everything in a Montessori classroom has a specific use or purpose. There is nothing in the prepared environment that the child cannot see or touch. All of the furniture and equipment is scaled down to the child's size and is within easy reach. A quality Montessori classroom has a busy, productive atmosphere where joy and respect abound. Within such an enriched environment, freedom, responsibility, and social and intellectual development spontaneously flourish! BEYOND THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE OF WASHINGTON The Children’s House is proud that its graduates are accepted to schools in the Washington DC area and surrounding areas and transition to traditional classrooms with ease. We have been in Washington for 35 years, serving many local families, and building an admirable reputation. This is due to our wonderful Montessori program and the commitment of our staff to Dr. Montessori’s philosophies.

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