Southern Montgomery County Preschool Directory

This directory includes a variety of preschools and day cares serving families across southern Montgomery County, Maryland. The information below applies to the 2020–2021 school year. However, some schools may have openings for the current school year. If you wish to search via key word, zip code, or other parameters, visit our advanced directories search page.

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4 Corners Community Nursery

4 Corners Community Nursery logo

801 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring, MD 20901
4ccndirector@gmail.com | www.4ccn.org | 301-681-9520

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based curriculum
  • Secular

Profile: At 4CCN, we believe that children have a natural curiosity and a strong desire to learn. We also believe that play is the work of children and that it is through meaningful play experiences that children’s overall development is fostered. Teachers at 4CCN support children’s natural curiosity by providing them with relevant, developmentally appropriate activities and materials that enable them to experiment and create. Information is not taught in isolation—it is integrated into the daily events and connected to the children’s experiences. Our curriculum is based on the principle that children who have a positive sense of self, a respect for others, creative and critical thinking skills, and a sense of community will be well prepared for school and life.

Class offerings:

  • 2-year-olds: M/W/F or T/Th, 9:15 a.m. [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery

9504 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901
monica@acornhill.org | AcornHill.org | 301-565-2282

Overview of school type:

  • Full time or half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Waldorf education
  • Secular

Profile: At Acorn Hill, we believe that play is the serious work of childhood and that learning by doing provides the foundation for critical thinking, problem solving, and a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge. Our morning and full-day programs are designed for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old, with parent-child classes for infants, toddlers, and 2- and 3-year-olds. Please join us for a tour and a mini-morning to learn about our school and programs—register on our tours web page.

Class schedule:

  • 2.5-year-olds: M/T/W, 9 a.m. – 12 or 3 p.m.
  • 3-year-olds: M/T/W or M–F, 9 a.m. – 12 or 3 p.m.
  • 4–6-year-olds: M–F, 9 a.m. [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Alef Bet Montessori School

6125 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, MD 20852
info@alefbetmontessori.org | https://alefbetmontessori.org/ | 301-556-5010

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and half day / part time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish
  • Language offerings: Daily Hebrew

Profile: Alef Bet Montessori School is a Jewish Montessori day school in Bethesda, Md. We serve children aged 15 months through 6th grade. Our mission is to instill the love of Torah, Israel, and fellow human beings through our commitment to citizenship, ethics, morality, personal responsibility, courtesy, and independence.

We combine the educational philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori with a full Jewish and Hebrew curriculum and prayer. Our curriculum includes daily prayer, the weekly Torah portion, Judaic studies, and Hebrew. For secular studies, our students learn age-appropriately about language arts, science, math, geography, art, and music.

The Montessori approach to learning is all [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Arco Iris Somos

4105 Jones Bridge Rd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
lupemarks@arcoirisomos.com | ArcoIriSomos.com | 301-913-9400

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full and half day / part time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Interdisciplinary
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion

Profile: Arco Iris Somos believes that the child is the center of the educational experience. The child’s emotional connection to the world, including her or his connection to a teacher’s lesson plan, is the key to a child’s love of learning and her or his mastery of a subject. If a child can open her or his heart to a teacher, then the child’s mind will open, and the child’s intellect will flourish.

Our methods reflect what we believe to be the best of various educational philosophies from the European and American traditions. We borrow liberally from Steiner, Montessori, Malaguzzi, Dewey, and Gardner with the aim of reaching each child’s mode of absorbing and processing the Spanish [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School

1001 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville, MD 20851
aspenhillcns@gmail.com | AHCNS.org | 301-424-7370

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Part time / half day
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based learning, which encourages children to be creative problem-solvers and to develop their own ideas and understanding through play
  • Secular

Profile: At Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School, caregivers and teachers work together in a warm and friendly atmosphere to raise each child’s educational and personal abilities through positive reinforcement, rewarding learning activities, and the friendly interaction of peers. As a consequence, pupils learn cooperation, creativity, and caring for others. In the true spirit of a cooperative, we, the participating families, give of ourselves and of our time so that our school will be what we want it to be for our children.

Our school is a non-profit organization that is parent-owned and operated and professionally staffed. We are licensed by the Maryland Department of Human Resources and Childcare [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Audubon Nature Preschool

8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
stephanie.bozzo@ANShome.org | ANShome.org/ans-preschool | 301-652-9188

Overview of school type:

  • Full and half day / part time with early drop-off options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Nature-based, play-based, emergent curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: ASL and Spanish (occasional)

Profile: Our goal at the Audubon Nature Preschool is to facilitate the development of academic, social, and physical skills through interactions with the natural world by using hands-on, nature-based activities. Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.

The Audubon Nature Preschool builds on children’s inherent curiosity. Children unravel the wonders of the natural world through a balance of self- and teacher-directed activities. Each day follows a familiar rhythm of outdoor investigations and explorations, indoor play, circle time snack, and story. On our 40-acre nature sanctuary, children explore ecologically diverse aquatic, forest, and meadow habitats. Watching birds from [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Barrie School

13500 Layhill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20906
admission@barrie.org | Barrie.org | 301-576-2800

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day or half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Weekly Spanish or Mandarin depending on children’s ages

Profile: Barrie is an independent school located on a beautiful 45-acre wooded campus in Silver Spring, only minutes away from the nation’s capital.

Barrie is ideal for students from age 12 months through grade 12 seeking individual attention with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Barrie’s rigorous academic program encourages students to develop their own individual interests and talents through hands-on learning. Students search beyond the obvious for answers, explore topics and issues from many perspectives, and share their own ideas with peers and teachers in a diverse and engaging community.

For our youngest students through grade 5, Barrie offers a Montessori curriculum with a multi-sensory approach to learning, enabling students to [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Bender JCC of Greater Washington Early Childhood Center

6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852
preschool@benderjccgw.org | BenderJCCGW.org/Early-Childhood/Preschool/ | 301-348-3839

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full and half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Reggio Emilia inspired
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish
  • Language offerings: Weekly Hebrew for 4 year olds

Profile: A play-based curriculum—founded on Emergent Curriculum and inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach—enables children to become active learners and engaged classroom participants. Interest-based topic studies invite students to explore the world around them. Children are encouraged to express themselves through art and music, and Jewish values, customs, and traditions are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Class offerings:

  • Full-time options for all ages (18 months to 4 years old):
    • M–F, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • M–F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Half-day options:
    • 2–3-year-olds: M–F, 9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • 4-year-olds: M–F, 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 12-month and 10-month duration options

Enrichment offerings: Weekly music for all ages; weekly PE for 4-year-olds; other additional options in dance, art, and karate

Openings for 2019–2020: [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School

5033 Wilson Ln., Bethesda, MD 20814
bcns@bethesdacoopnurseryschool.org | BethesdaCoopNurserySchool.org | 301-654-1864

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half days with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play-based, parent-participatory nursery school
  • Secular

Profile: The Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School (BCNS) is a play-based, parent-participatory nursery school where parents, on a regularly scheduled basis, interact with their children in a group under the guidance of a teacher. The classroom becomes a learning environment for both parent and child. Parents are able to learn about child development while participating in classroom activities.

Class offerings:

  • 2-year-olds: T/Th, 9:15–11:45 a.m.
  • 2.5-year-olds: M/W/F, 9:15–11:45 a.m.
  • 3-year-olds: M–Th, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 4-year-olds: M–F, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • After-school enrichment option: Until 2 p.m. on M–Th for all age groups

Enrichment offerings: Weekly Music Together Montgomery and JumpBunch classes; M–Th [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Bethesda Preparatory Preschool

5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817
bethesdaprep@gmail.com | BethesdaPrepSchool.com | 301-798-1010

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full and half day / part time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Language offerings: Weekly Spanish

Profile: We believe that children learn best about the world through direct exploration and hands-on discovery. We have carefully crafted an environment in which children are equipped for a successful future through our academic, social, and spiritual programming. We are welcoming of children of all abilities and all faiths, and we provide exceptional early learning services in a safe, nurturing, and Christian environment.

Our staff is encouraging and nurturing and are experts in the field. The Bethesda Prep environment incorporates structure and consistency. We encourage positive reinforcement and redirection in the classroom. We want to empower each child with the confidence to make good choices and self-regulate. 

We understand that placing your child in our care is [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Bethesda Reggio Bilingual Preschool and Daycare

Lynnbrook Center: 8001 Lynbrook Dr., Bethesda, MD 20814
Newdale Cottage: 8008 Newdale Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
contact@bethesdareggio.com | BethesdaReggio.com | 301-310-8008

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and part time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Reggio-Emilia inspired with Creative Curriculum and Maryland’s Ready 4 Kindergarten assessment program
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion

Profile: Bethesda Reggio is a Reggio-inspired, bilingual immersion preschool for children from 18 month to 5 years old.  We have two buildings in the 7-acre Lynnbrook Park near B-CC High School off East-West Highway. Our outdoor campus features wonderful nature areas, athletic fields, and playgrounds right outside our classrooms. We feature a unique project-based curriculum that prepares children to excel in kindergarten while also speaking Spanish with a native accent.

We offer classrooms in two separate buildings: Newdale Cottage welcomes babies (12 months) and toddlers as well as 2- and young [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School

6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
info@bhpcns.org | www.bhpcns.org | 301-365-2909

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based
  • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian

Profile: Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School (BHPCNS) is a play-based, developmentally age appropriate preschool for children ages 2 years through pre-K. Experienced teachers guide the children as they develop their interpersonal, communication, problem solving, social emotional, and critical thinking skills in a joyful, fun environment. Through play, music, the arts, and nature, BHPCNS lays the foundation for children to become life-long learners.

BHPCNS believes that young children learn best through play. Our play-based early childhood education program provides hands on multi-sensory experiences both indoors and outdoors to foster a lifelong love of learning. Through our nurturing atmosphere and respect for each child’s unique learning style and temperament, our children grow in resilience, confidence, and independence. Our classroom communities provide an environment where [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Cedar Lane Nursery School

9601 Cedar Ln., Bethesda, MD 20814
admissionsclns@gmail.com | CLNS.org | 301-520-9821

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day with option for afternoon enrichment
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based, hands-on opportunities and a warm nurturing environment
  • Secular
  • Language instruction: Spanish every other week

Profile: Cedar Lane Nursery School (CLNS) is a play-based cooperative preschool located in the beautiful wooded grounds near Rock Creek Park in Kensington, Md. Our mission is to provide a warm nurturing environment where children are respected and encouraged to discover themselves. Play is at the heart of learning and hands-on opportunities are provided to encourage learning.

CLNS was founded in 1959 and is accredited by NAEYC, Maryland Excels, and the Maryland State Department of Education. CLNS is a warm, welcoming environment where dedicated teachers and [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Childtime Learning Center

10800 Lockwood Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20901
0813@childtime.com | ChildTime.com | 301-357-8570

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Reggio Emilia
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Optional Spanish classes

Profile: We are a brand-new, full-service childcare center and preschool serving children ages 0–5 years. Our curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach, and our center boasts a one-of-a-kind STEAM Studio and 21st-century technology pieces. We provide morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack as well as diapers and wipes. We offer extracurricular activities to enhance every child’s experience with us: Grow Fit yoga, Spotlight on Spanish, Rhythm Kids, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Christ Episcopal School

22 West Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20850
jgerber@cesrockville.org | CESrockville.org | 301-424-6550

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Inquiry based
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal
  • Language offerings: Spanish, for pre-K students

Profile: Christ Episcopal School offers preschool (starting with 2-year-olds) through grade 8 and is located in the historic area of downtown Rockville near the town center. Three buildings on the school campus serve the different divisions (preschool, lower school, and middle school), with the preschool house providing safe, nurturing, and engaging classrooms for our 2-year-olds (Turtles), 3-year-olds (Bears), and pre-K students (Bugs).

The inquiry-based preschool program emphasizes developmentally appropriate learning activities and problem-solving skills. Learning is viewed as an interactive process, with the preschoolers using materials and engaging in activities that are meaningful to them. The school day consists of a rich variety of activities, including art; music; movement; creative indoor [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Concord Hill School

6050 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
sarzt@concordhill.org | ConcordHill.org | 301-654-2626

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: A developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum that encourages a balance between academics and social/emotional awareness
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish 2 times per week

Profile: Concord Hill School is an independent, co-educational school for children age 3 through grade 3 in Chevy Chase, Md., just minutes from Friendship Heights and Bethesda. A leader in early childhood education since 1965, Concord Hill inspires children to embrace and enjoy learning during the early years. With a total enrollment of approximately 90 students, our children enjoy the benefits of a school that is small by design, where every student is known and celebrated.

We are committed to providing two experienced teachers in each of our classrooms, alongside a team of highly qualified specialist teachers who provide instruction and support [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Early Childhood Center

100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
info@eccpreschool.com | ECCPreschool.com | 301-424-8065

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day / part time with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based
  • Secular

Profile: Early Childhood Center (ECC) offers a play-based learning program for children ages 2–5 years old. Families love our small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratios, nurturing environment, and highly qualified degreed teachers. We inspire children to develop a love of learning that will continue to grow with them throughout their lifetime.

Families appreciate our flexible class schedule. We offer morning classes two, three, or five days per week. Parents also take advantage of our first-rate early morning and afternoon enrichment programs that complement our engaging morning classes. We encourage you to come take a tour of our school or attend an open house so you can experience firsthand how we play to learn every day.

Located on a beautiful campus in downtown Rockville, we [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney

18401 Burtfield Dr., Olney, MD 20832
eve.margol@bnaishalomofolney.org | www.ecsolney.org | 301-570-0699

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based, mindfulness, and structured fun
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish
  • Language offerings: Hebrew immersion

Profile: It is our belief that early childhood should be a time of fun, discovery, exploration, warmth, security, and celebration. Children are creative and receptive individuals. We believe that true learning occurs when discovering the why, not the what. Our staff strives to strengthen and nurture these experiences in a stimulating, loving, and respectful environment.

Class offerings:

  • Full-time options for ages (18 months to 4 years old):
    • M–F, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Half-day options for ages 2 to 4 years old:
    • 2 years old (3–5 days): M–F, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • 3 and 4 years old (5 days): M–F, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Extended day options available for all students:
    • Early arrival program: [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Evergreen School

10700 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902
kstegeman@evergreenschool.com | EvergreenSchool.com | 301-942-5979

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: American Montessori Society School
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Profile: Evergreen School is a Montessori school located on Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. We serve children ages 2 years through 3rd grade. Evergreen is a member of the American Montessori Society and is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS). We are a member of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW).

In addition to the Montessori curriculum, children receive music, library, physical education, Spanish, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Feynman School

11810 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD 20854
info@feynmanschool.org | FeynmanSchool.org | 301-770-4370

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full- and half-day classes with early drop-off and late pickup options (after full-day program)
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: A dynamic hands-on curriculum tailored to meet the needs of young gifted learners
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish, 2–3 times per week

Profile: Feynman School enrolls young gifted learners from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. We offer a unique learning environment for inquisitive students who amaze and delight us every day with their talent, energy, and sense of humor. At Feynman School, students think, question, explore, and create in a fun, engaging setting. We allow children to discover the wonder of hands-on science and promote rich understanding, rather than rote learning.

Feynman School employs developmentally appropriate best practices to celebrate each student’s intellectual curiosity and sense of self, promote inquisitive and creative thinking, and foster caring and concern for others. Here, children revel in [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Forcey Christian School

2130 East Randolph Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904
kelly-marroquin@fcs.school | www.fcs.school | 301-622-2281

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day, full or part time, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Big Day for PreK—child-centered curriculum that is play and center based
  • Religious affiliation: Forcey Bible Church

Profile: Forcey Christian School is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and by the Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association. The preschool program is connected with kindergarten through grade 8 on the same campus for smooth transition.

The excellent program features positive, loving, certified teachers and staff to develop the God-given [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Gates of Discovery

16620 Georgia Ave., Olney, MD 20832
badler@shaaretefila.org | GatesOfDiscovery.org | 301-593-3410

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day or half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Reggio-inspired program
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish

Profile: Gates of Discovery strives to provide each child with a secure, caring, and stimulating experience. It is our desire to help preschool students use their innate abilities to create, imagine, explore, and learn. Our powerful belief in the competence of all children nourishes the practice of maximizing every child’s capabilities.

Children are encouraged to consider their environment through interest-based research projects. Literacy, numeracy, and creative expression are integrated into each of these projects. Documentation of the processes and products honors the voice of the children and gives fascinating insight into their learning.

Children are born with a drive to order the world around them; however, they do not do this in isolation. They need supportive adults, collaborative peers, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

German International School Washington D.C.

8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac, MD 20854
algilder@giswashington.org | GISWashington.org | 301-767-3807

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day with afternoon enrichment or late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: German early childhood curriculum; play-based, multicultural, 2-year-old group; 3- and 4-year-olds in mixed aged groups
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: German immersion

Profile: German International School Washington D.C. (GISW) preschool is in a wonderful, child-friendly building where work is done by hand, through imagination, and while having fun. Activities are designed to stimulate the senses and promote fine and gross motor skills. Our goal is to help children become strong, competent, and self-confident. We follow a German preschool curriculum model that includes four major experience areas:

  1. Personal skills—I am myself: Children develop confidence in their physical and mental abilities and learn to estimate them appropriately, take responsibility, and act responsibly.
  2. Method skills—This is the way I do it: Children develop learning strategies and techniques for themselves and implement these to complete [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School

10010 Fernwood Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817
membership@glenbrookschool.org | GlenbrookSchool.org | 301-365-3190

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Part time / half day with lunch and afternoon enrichment option
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based
  • Secular

Profile: Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School is a supportive, nurturing preschool for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds. Our programs offer the perfect opportunity to play a part in your child’s first school experience, and our flexible co-op options are designed to fit into many families’ schedules.

Our students learn and grow through meaningful, age-appropriate play within a structured environment. Our 4-year-old program provides additional structure to help prepare children for kindergarten, with the option to enroll in our enriching lunch bunch program two days a week.

As a co-op, parents play an active role within the school, primarily acting as the teachers’ assistants in the classroom. This close relationship between teachers, parents, and children builds a sense of community and togetherness.

Glenbrook is located at the intersection [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Grace Episcopal Day School

9411 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD 20895
karen@geds.org | GEDS.org | 240-292-5237

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based, Emergent Curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal
  • Language instruction: Spanish 2–3 times per week, beginning in kindergarten

Profile: Grace Episcopal Day School is a small school (approximately 100 students) with a big mission: to provide an excellent, well-rounded education to a diverse community of children ages 3–11 years (preschool – grade 5) and their families. The racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of our student body reflects the rich mix of the Washington, D.C., metro area; over half of our student body is composed of students of color. Like our founders in 1960, we believe that we all benefit from being part of a varied and inclusive environment.

Our school is designed to celebrate childhood at each developmental stage, from early childhood through elementary school. We [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

The Harbor School

7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
admissions@theharborschool.org | TheHarborSchool.org | 301-365-1100

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and half day / part time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Individualized, inquiry-based, early childhood curriculum that integrates academic, social-emotional, and physical skill development
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish class twice weekly

Profile: Early childhood education has been our specialty at The Harbor School since 1973, and we take this responsibility seriously. The early childhood years, ages 2–8, are a critical developmental stage that forms the foundation of a child’s future growth and advancement.

We educate each child as a unique learner with differentiated instruction and individualized attention so that your child can develop and thrive to reach his or her fullest potential. We accomplish this with two dynamic teachers in every classroom and a curriculum that increases in rigor, individual responsibility, and social awareness over the course of a child’s time at Harbor.

To meet the development needs of the [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Holy Cross School

4900 Strathmore Ave., Garrett Park, MD 20896
office@hcross.org | HCross.org | 301-949-1699

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based, hands-on learning enriched with literacy and mathematics
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic
  • Language offerings: Spanish twice per week beginning in kindergarten

Profile: Holy Cross develops the whole child with activities designed to foster social, emotional, and cognitive growth. Students enjoy a play-based curriculum that builds confidence, sharing, friendship, and collaboration. We provide a warm, nurturing, and safe environment for all children.

Class offerings:

  • Full- and half-day options for 3- and 4-year-olds
  • Full-time hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Half-day hours: M–F, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Flexible before care
  • Aftercare options: Available for full-day students

Note: Information for the 2020–2021 school year was not yet finalized as of Oct. 25, 2019. Please contact the school to confirm its offerings.

Enrichment offerings: Weekly PE, art, and [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Holy Redeemer Catholic School

9715 Summit Ave., Kensington, MD 20895
d.monahan@hrs-ken.org | HRS-Ken.org | 301-942-2567

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Hands-on activities, rich interpersonal relationships, and play
  • Religious curriculum: Catholic

Profile: Holy Redeemer pre-K programs are a unique learning community where our youngest students come to enjoy their first experience in school, and we want them to love it.

We understand young children learn best through hands-on activities, rich interpersonal relationships, and play. Our exceptional teachers focus on developmentally appropriate self-help, language arts, and math skills. There is a rich tradition of art projects and other creative experiences. Students are encouraged to take appropriate risks as they learn and grow. All 3- and 4-year-old classes participate in co-curricular programs, including music, physical education, time in the library, and more.

The social curriculum is as important as academics. By incorporating Holy Redeemer’s four Cs—courtesy, compassion, community, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Jamon Montessori Day School

52 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904
jamon.montessori@gmail.com | JamonMontessori.com | 301-384-3131

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full and half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion

Profile: The mission at Jamon Montessori Day School (JMDS) is to provide a quality education for children ages 2–6 years old, using the Montessori method to enable them to develop social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills in accordance to their abilities. JMDS is committed to maintaining a safe, caring, and peaceful environment that fosters a partnership between the child, the school, and home.

JMDS was established in 1995 by Lisa Pena, head of school. The school was conveniently relocated to the Colesville section of Silver Spring, Md., in 1996 and is proud to serve the Washington, D.C., metropolitan community. JMDS is a school of international flavor that celebrates the cultural differences and similarities of the world.

Our curriculum includes the areas [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Kensington Nursery School

3202 Decatur Ave., Kensington, MD 20895
info@knscoop.org | KNSCoop.org | 301-933-0041

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time with option for afternoon enrichment 
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based
  • Secular

Profile: Kensington Nursery School is dedicated to providing a nurturing and enriching environment for preschool children and their families. Play is the major activity through which children develop social skills; work out difficulties; and exercise their physical, sensory, emotional, and cognitive abilities. We accept each child as a person, encouraging individual strengths and fostering a positive self-image.

Daily experiences are structured to broaden the child’s understanding of the world. The wide variety of materials is used selectively to give children many opportunities for exploration. The atmosphere of the classroom encourages freedom of expression, while respecting the rights and feelings of others. Specially trained teachers guide a thematically based program and work with cooperating parents to ensure that each child is attended to as part of a group [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning

Adat Shalom location
7727 Persimmon Tree Ln., Bethesda, MD 20817
KidsAdventures.com/Adat-Shalom-AEL | 240-678-6964

Takoma Park location
7511 Holly Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
KidsAdventures.com/KAAcademy-TP | 240-678-7239

Wayside location
10011 Glen Rd., Potomac, MD 20854
KidsAdventures.com/Wayside-AEL | 240-204-0060

Wheaton Woods Park location
4501 Faroe Pl., Rockville, MD 20853
KidsAdventures.com/Wheaton-Woods-AEL | 240-204-0051

General contact info
pretpes@kidsadventures.com | KidsAdventures.com

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Profile: Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning is a leader in early childhood education, inspiring limitless potential in every child. It is an environment centered on developing kindness, self-worth, diversity, respect for others, and a dynamic learning experience. Our focus is to provide a stimulating and engaging atmosphere with caring, competent, and well-trained educators. [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

LEAP (Language-Learning Early Advantage Program)

0100 LeFrak Hall, 7251 Preinkert Dr., College Park, MD 20742
hesp-leapadmin@umd.edu | LEAP.umd.edu | 301-405-4218

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Speech therapy preschool; Universal Design for Learning; phonological awareness intervention
  • Secular

Profile: LEAP is a specialized program that is designed to support the development communication and pre-literacy skills for children aged 3–5 years who have communication delays. Our program is focused on providing intensive instruction across communication domains. All of our clients are provided with detailed individualized treatment plans that take into consideration each individuals’ specific areas of need. We provide both pull-out and push-in treatment sessions to help develop these skills.

Oral language is emphasized through the use of literature-based themes. Books and multi-sensory activities provide the fuel for oral narration. Student clinicians provide appropriate verbal scaffolding to assist children with verbal formulation in activities including storytelling and dramatic play. [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Learning Center for Young Children

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD 20895
lcyc@warnermemorial.org | LCYCPreschool.org | 301-949-2933

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time with afternoon enrichment option
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Learn through play
  • Secular

Profile: The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC) believes in nurturing self-confidence in children by providing experiences that help develop the ability to be independent, to listen to and follow directions, and to solve problems. The program is designed to help children develop cognitive skills such as counting and recognition of letters, numbers, shapes, and sounds through informal activities and educational games, play, and hands-on experiences. Our play-based programs place an emphasis on helping children to learn the discipline of social interactions. The program provides a relaxed atmosphere of loving and caring in which children are encouraged to develop their own talents, uniqueness, and self-esteem. We have been a part of the Kensington community for 60 years.

Class offerings:

[click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Mary of Nazareth Catholic School

14131 Seneca Rd., Darnestown, MD 20874
mwray@maryofnazareth.org | www.maryofnazareth.org | 301-869-0940

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Archdiocese of Washington Curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Language offerings: Spanish, weekly

Profile: Mary of Nazareth School is a Christ-centered environment where each child, nurtured by parent, parish, and educator, is encouraged to follow the example of Jesus in all aspects of life. Our students thrive in an environment of regular worship, service, daily prayer, devotion to Mary, and consistent reference to the word of God. We welcome diversity among our inclusive student body and stress the unifying concepts of tolerance, love, and respect. Students are encouraged to seek knowledge through the teachings of the Catholic Church and apply those teachings to daily life.

Mary of Nazareth School is comprised of three age-focused programs: early childhood, intermediate, and middle school. Within these programs, teachers collaborate to develop and strengthen relationships. These interdependent relationships within the school community [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Millian Methodist Preschool

13025 Grenoble Dr., Rockville, MD 20853
millianpreschool67@gmail.com | MillianPreschool.org | 301-946-2222

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative and play based, focusing on the joy of learning
  • Religious affiliation: Christian, but all are welcome

Profile: Millian Preschool is a community school that was founded over 50 years ago. We have a play-based curriculum that focuses on the joy of learning. We understand that children learn best when in an environment that is relaxed, comfortable, and full of love. Our classes are led by experienced teachers who strive to create an environment that is hands-on and inspirational.

We offer a half-day morning program that was created to serve the community. We have classes for children ages 2–5 years old.

Class offerings:

  • 2-year-olds: T/Th, M/W/F, or M–F options, 9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 3–5-year-olds: T/Th, M/W/F, or M–F options, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Note: Information for the 2020–2021 school year was not yet finalized as of [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Monarch Preschool College Park

9606 50th Ave., College Park, MD 20740
taylorkr@monarchpreschool.com | MonarchPreschool.com | 240-713-4721

Grand opening this Feb. 2020

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Project-based Children Study Their World
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Profile: The Monarch Preschool College Park is a high-quality project-based learning pre-kindergarten for children ages 3–5 years—a place where care is not passive. Spaces, curriculum, and early childhood–certified teachers are all active, engaged, and helping children apply their learning to real-world issues. We expect to foster a life-long love of learning, focusing on the whole child approach and getting children ready for school and life beyond.

Class offerings:

  • Ages: 3–5 years old
  • Attendance options: 2, 3, or 5 days per week
  • School day hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Before care option: 7–8:30 a.m.
  • Aftercare option: 4–6 p.m.

Note: Information for the 2020–2021 school [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

New Day Preschool

112 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
director@newdaypreschool.org | NewDayPreschool.com | 301-340-3373

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time and half day / part time with afternoon enrichment option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: A developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child
  • Religious affiliation: Christian, but all are welcome
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Profile: New Day Preschool is a Christian-oriented preschool program operated by the Rockville United Methodist Church. Serving the community since 1968, the preschool has always enjoyed an excellent reputation because of its fine program and dedicated staff. 

Our teachers strive to create a warm, nurturing, and engaging environment that is conducive to developing the wholeness of each child and inspires the wonder of learning. We create opportunities for each child to discover who they are, their skills and talents, their rights and limits, and their worth as a child of God. [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Potomac Glen Day School

9908 South Glen Rd., Potomac, MD 20854
potomacglendayschool@gmail.com | PotomacGlenDaySchool.com | 301-299-9193

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: A traditional style of learning, where children are educated while having fun
  • Religious affiliation: Non-denominational Christian

Profile: Potomac Glen Day School (PGDS) believes a child learns best through experience. We provide a sound, safe, and secure environment that will enable the child to develop both educational and social skills, promote self-concept, and encourage a sense of responsibility and an increasing sense of independence.

Our teaching team is a close knit collection of warm and loving people. Our teachers have four-year degrees in Early Childhood Education or the equivalent. They are here because they have a deep passion for learning and want to make a difference in the lives of young children. Our classrooms are set up for a traditional style of learning, where [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Rochambeau, The French International School

9600 Forest Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
admissions@rochambeau.org | Rochambeau.org | 301-530-8260

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: French Curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: French immersion

Profile: For over 60 years, Rochambeau, the French International School, has been providing a world-class education to internationally minded families. Whether you are from a French speaking family or not, our mission is to offer your child a unique and truly transformative multi-cultural environment.

At Rochambeau, children—as early as 2 years of age and through high school—are provided with the comprehensive, world-recognized French curriculum, as well as a thorough American language and culture program equivalent to that of the best American schools.

Class offerings:

  • Ages: 2–5 years old
  • School day hours: M–F, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Openings for 2019–2020: Please inquire

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must be at least 2 years old by Aug. 31

Due date for [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Rock Creek Montessori School

Rock Creek Montessori School logo

3701 Spruell Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20902
info@rockcreekmontessori.com | www.rockcreekmontessori.com | 301-942-9561

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Profile: Rock Creek Montessori School follows the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori. It recognizes the child’s need to learn academic skills, observe the environment, do independent work, and cooperate in a community.

The goal of the school is to enable children to follow their greatest interest while learning about the world immediately around them. The classrooms will allow children to be discoverers in the learning process. Each activity is designed to teach a specific concept. The teacher will present materials and allow each child to proceed at their own pace.

As a fundamental part of Montessori theory, the classrooms include multi-age children. This allows them to learn from and share with each other. The younger [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Rockville Community Nursery School

100 Welsh Park Dr., Bldg 3, Rockville, MD 20850
membership@rcnscoop.org | RCNSCoop.org | 301-340-7584

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day with early drop-off or afternoon enrichment options
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum
  • Secular

Profile: Rockville Community Nursery School (RCNS) is a cooperative, parent-owned preschool in which parents, teachers, and children participate together in an exciting and nurturing first-school experience. Parents can sign up to either volunteer in their child’s classroom or take on an administrative role for the school. We also offer enrolled families the chance to buy out (i.e., pay an additional fee) of their volunteering responsibilities.

Art, music, dance, and play fill our classrooms and outdoor spaces with the happy sounds of children learning. Our expert teachers provide tempting and developmentally appropriate opportunities through which each child grows at his or her own pace to a new maturity and sense of self-worth and self-direction.

At our wonderful preschool, parents and professional teachers cooperate to help our children [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Rockville Day Care Association, Inc.

Bel Pre location
13801 Rippling Brook Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20906
belprecdc@rockvilledaycare.org | RockvilleDaycare.org/Center/Bel-Pre/ | 301-871-0159

Sargent Shriver location
12518 Greenly St., Silver Spring, MD 20906
sargentshrivercdc@rockvilledaycare.org | RockvilleDaycare.org/Center/Sargent-Shriver/ | 301-933-1785

Woodlin location
2103 Luzerne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
woodlincdc@rockvilledaycare.org | RockvilleDaycare.org/Center/Woodlin-Child-Development-Center/ | 301-608-9693

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum Gold
  • Secular

Profile: Bel Pre Child Development Center (CDC), Sargent Shriver CDC, and Woodlin CDC are located in the Silver Spring area and are part of Rockville Day Care Association, Inc.

RDCA is a private, non-profit Maryland corporation whose primary purpose is to offer quality child development programs to children of working parents in Montgomery County. RDCA centers are licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE)

Rockville Presbyterian Cooperative Nursery School

215 West Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
info@rpcns.org | RPCNS.org | 301-762-1293

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based curriculum with an emphasis on parental support
  • Secular

Profile: Rockville Presbyterian Cooperative Nursery School (RPCNS) is a secular, non-profit, cooperative preschool that emphasizes play-based leaning and parental involvement. Our unique model offers the parent the opportunity to be an active participant in their child’s first school experience. Our parent members work together with our professionally trained teachers to create a safe, nurturing environment for our children.

Located in the heart of historic Rockville, RPCNS has been a fixture of the community for over 50 years. We offer morning-only and full-day options with a variety of levels of parent involvement. We offer an on-site sibling nursery as well as before and aftercare.

Class offerings:

  • 4-year-olds classes: M–F, 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 3-year-old classes: [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Sandy Spring Friends School

16923 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860
admissions@ssfs.org | SSFS.org | 301-774-7455

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based learning through Quaker education
  • Religious affiliation: Quaker
  • Language offerings: Weekly Spanish

Profile: Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) is a preschool–12th grade progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school. At SSFS, our students are engaged in the learning process; enjoy the integration of academics, arts, and athletics; and seek to become constructive, caring, and effective citizens of the world.

At SSFS Lower School (preschool–5th grade), we believe students learn best when creative thinking, active listening, and positive interactions are reinforced in the classroom. Through close collaboration between teachers and peers, students develop a deep love of learning. Our students learn to shape questions about concepts and ideas, to reflect upon their learning, and to put their learning into action—developing initiative and self-advocacy skills [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Silver Spring Day School

33 University Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20901
monica.omalley@silverspringdayschool.org | SilverSpringDaySchool.org | 301-593-6581

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play-based
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Bi-weekly Spanish classes

Profile: Silver Spring Day School (SSDS) is a parent participatory preschool with more than 150 children in classes designed for 2-year-old to pre-kindergarten students. For over 45 years, SSDS has remained steadfast in its belief that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning.

Our program is designed to nurture and encourage children in all aspects of their development. Our play-based philosophy allows for just the right balance of challenge and fun. SSDS allows each child the opportunity to explore the world around them, build meaningful friendships, and make discoveries about themselves. This fosters a strong sense of independence and social awareness. We emphasize social-emotional skills like sharing, self-calming, and problem solving [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Silver Spring Nursery School

10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903
membership@silverspringnurseryschool.org | SilverSpringNurserySchool.org | 301-434-2313

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based philosophy focusing on the development of each child’s emotional, intellectual, physical, and social strengths
  • Secular

Profile: Silver Spring Nursery School (SSNS) is a part-time, play-based, cooperative nursery school for children ages 2–5 years. Teachers and parents work together to provide a secure, relaxed atmosphere where each child can progress at his or her own pace.

Our professional award-winning teachers, assisted by the parents, set the educational stage; guide the group unobtrusively; and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness, and freedom within carefully set limits. We offer a developmentally appropriate environment that is rich in possibilities for exploring, enhancing their curiosity, learning flexibility, understanding differences, learning problem solving, thinking creatively, making choices, and accepting responsibilities.

In addition to co-oping in the classroom every other [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Children’s Center

580 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring, MD 20901
sspcchildrensctr@aol.com | SSPCChildrensCenter.com | 301-439-2942

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Investigator Club Just for Threes (for our 3/4’s class) and Pre-K Curriculum (for our 4/5’s pre-K class)
  • Secular curriculum

Profile: Silver Spring Presbyterian Church (SSPC) Children’s Center (CC) is a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) licensed and accredited early care and education program, providing child care and non-public nursery/preschool services. SSPC CC has been in existence since 1975.

Why SSPC CC? Our mission statement says it all: SSPC CC exists for the purpose of providing high-quality early childhood services to the Silver Spring area of Montgomery County. Through our mission statement, we provide a philosophy of

  • enabling each of our children to grow and flourish emotionally and intellectually at their own individual rate [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy

3514 Plyers Mill Rd., Kensington, MD 20895
admissions@spring-bilingual.org | Spring-Bilingual.org | 301-962-7262

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, or late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Language offerings: 45-minute immersion in Spanish or French

Profile: Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy (SBMA) seeks to create a learning environment in which the student is encouraged to explore his or her own innate sense of curiosity and eagerness to gain knowledge.

Our program is carefully designed to meet the individual needs of each child. The difference between our environment and that of other Montessori institutions lies in the parallel instruction of foreign language to all facets of the learning process. We believe that children learn best when they learn with others who are both similar and different from themselves. It is with great pride that we note that both our student population and our staff are diverse racially, socio-economically, and geographically.

The advantages of [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Spring Knolls Cooperative Early Learning Center

8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
springknolls4@gmail.com | SpringKnolls.org | 310-650-0086

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full and part time / half day with afternoon enrichment option
  • Both parent co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play-based Creative Curriculum
  • Secular

Profile: Spring Knolls embraces a play-based learning philosophy, focusing on the whole child and fostering their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. Our experienced and dedicated staff, in strong partnership with parents, empowers children to reach their full potential through the power of play. Spring Knolls is a place where children are taught to appreciate themselves and the world they live in. The faculty and co-oping parents work as a team in the classroom to provide a structured but relaxed and nurturing environment, one in which the whole child develops. We believe that a preschooler’s self-esteem is rooted in the mastery of his or her physical environment, as well as the ability to [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. Luke Christian Day School

9100 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910
cds@saintlukekids.org | SaintLukeKids.org | 301-588-3866

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based program using “Opening the World to Learning
  • Religious affiliation: Christian

Profile: St. Luke Christian Day School provides a play-based educational program focused on the whole child. Through curriculum-based free play, stories, music, creative art, and readiness activities, children are prepared for kindergarten in an environment of love. The school year runs 9 months, September through May.

Class offerings:

  • 2-year-olds: M/W or T/Th, 9:15–11:45 a.m.
  • 3-year-olds: M/W/F, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Pre-K: M/W/F, M–Th, or M–F, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Note: Information for the 2020–2021 school year was not yet finalized as of Sept. 28, 2019. Please contact the school to confirm its offerings.

Enrichment offerings: Weekly music, chapel, and science sessions

Openings for 2019–2020: Yes

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must be age of class [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. John’s Christian Preschool

St. John's Christian Preschool

4629 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, MD 20853
director@sjkidspreschool.org | www.sjkidspreschool.org | 301-946-4977

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day with full and part time options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based
  • Religious affiliation: Christian—all are welcome

Profile: Our curriculum is designed to promote both social and emotional growth with an emphasis on the development of positive self-esteem. To meet these goals, children are exposed to a variety of academic readiness activities through active discovery and guided learning. We believe that children learn best through play. Activities are centered around weekly themes and often include special visitors, trips, and dress-up days.

The children’s spiritual growth is nurtured through weekly Bible stories and Christian attitude lessons as well as a weekly chapel led by our pastor. At St. John’s Christian Preschool, children learn that they are “A Child of God.”

Class [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. John’s Episcopal School

3427 Olney Laytonsville Rd., Olney, MD 20832
doug.perkins@stjes.org | StJES.org | 301-774-6804

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or half day / part time with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Theme-based academic program nurturing character and faith
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal

Profile: St. John’s Episcopal Preschool is a theme-based academic program nurturing character and faith for children ages 3–5 years. Our primary mission is to provide a safe, caring, and positive environment that fosters a lifetime love of learning. Our engaging program encourages the social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development of the whole child. We proudly focus on teaching our students our core values of kindness, honesty, respect, and compassion—values that are integrated into daily routines and that form a strong basis for all of our academic and social lessons throughout the year.

Class offerings:

  • 3-year-olds: 3-day or 5-day programs, 8 a.m. – 1 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. Jude Regional Catholic School

4820 Walbridge St., Rockville, MD 20853
mainoffice@stjuderockville.org | StJudeRockville.org | 301-946-7888

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Archdiocese of Washington curriculum standards
  • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Language offerings: Spanish (K-8)

Profile: St. Jude’s preschool promotes an environment where children become independent, confident, lifelong learners with a strong sense of self. We proudly offer a positive, child-centered preschool experience that fosters a love of learning in a nurturing community.

St. Jude offers an exciting age-appropriate curriculum that enriches and prepares the children for a successful transition into the next school year. St. Jude recognizes the significant relationship among teachers, students, parents, and families and encourages continuous collaboration in a climate of mutual respect, cooperation, and shared responsibility.

Class offerings:

  • Ages: 3 and 4 years olds
  • Full-time option: M–F, 8:25 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Before care: Begins at 7 a.m.
  • After-school care: Ends at 6 p.m.

Note: Information for the [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814
nwiegand@stoneridgeschool.org | StoneRidgeSchool.org | 301-657-4322

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum and The Project Approach
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic
  • Language instruction: French

Profile: Stone Ridge’s Little Hearts is a co-educational early childhood program that serves children 3-month-olds through kindergarten. Our Little Hearts classrooms engage the hearts and minds of young children, using developmentally appropriate practices based on information about how children develop and learn; their individual strengths, interests and needs; and their family cultures and community. They learn to ask questions, solve problems, respect themselves, and care responsibly for others.

Our cognitive expectations taught through researched-based best practices, the Creative Curriculum, and The Project Approach, promote exploration within a structured and nurturing learning environment. Stone Ridge is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school in the

Takoma Children’s School

Takoma Children's School logo

6925 Willow Street N.W., Washington, DC 20012
cassandra@takomachildren.org | www.takomachildren.org | 202-726-9220

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day and part time
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-Based, Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy
  • Secular

Profile: Takoma Children’s School (TCS) is a progressive year-round preschool serving 2–5-year-old children and their families with part-time through full-day options. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and are strongly play-based in our approach to children’s learning. Our school’s outstanding teachers and staff provide a nurturing, safe, and fun-filled environment that fosters creativity and a love of learning through play and exploration.

We value each child’s unique needs and contributions as we foster social, emotional, physical, and thinking skills that children will need and use throughout their lives. Our TCS family is committed to celebrating and reflecting the diversity of our community.

We have a large, tree-covered playground, so being outside is important for our children, as they [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

8204 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
admissions@tpcns.org | TakomaCooperativeSchool.org | 301-585-7272

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Project-based approaches of Lilian Katz and Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia); Vygotsky’s philosophy of developmental scaffolding; arts based, play based, nature infused
  • Secular

Profile: Founded in 1942, Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School is a nursery school for children ages 2–5 years. At the school, informed, committed parents work, or co-op, in their child’s classroom alongside professionally trained, dedicated teachers. Our community is strengthened through monthly membership meetings and periodic training sessions, and parents assume administrative roles essential to the school’s operation.

The school presents a distinctive, research-supported early childhood curriculum. Teachers and co-oping parents draw out children’s unique interests while supporting exploration and learning through visual arts, music, movement, and dramatic play.

Our environment is integral to our educational philosophy. There are four spaces for learning: classroom, project center, imagination station, and outdoor play [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Temple Shalom Early Learning Center

8401 Grubb Rd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
elc@templeshalom.net | TSELC.org | 301-587-2273

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full and half day programs with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Reggio-inspired
  • Religious affiliation: Reform Judaism
  • Language offerings: Hebrew integrated into curriculum

Profile: Our Reggio-inspired program is designed to harness the power and potential of childhood. At Temple Shalom Early Learning Center (TSELC), we believe that children who create and make meaning for themselves experience the profound joy of discovery. Our program offers a welcoming, inclusive, and nurturing environment where children are given endless ways and opportunities to express themselves. We believe that children are active participants in their own learning.

Children of all backgrounds, faiths, and abilities are welcome. Our young families (including parents, grandparents, and other adults) are actively involved in all aspects of congregational life at Temple Shalom. Our goal is to connect families to our rich Jewish heritage, enabling them to make informed [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Washington Waldorf School

4800 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816
llawson@washingtonwaldorf.org | WashingtonWaldorf.org | 301-229-6107

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Waldorf or Steiner philosophy—a home-like, developmentally appropriate, play-based program
  • Secular: We value a spiritual life but are not a religious school
  • Language offerings: Spanish exposure in pre-K and kindergarten

Profile: In Washington Waldorf School (WWS) early childhood programming, children meet themselves in the realm of the imagination through stories, songs, puppetry, and play. They meet the world through tasks like baking, sewing, hammering, sweeping, cooking, sawing, and gardening. These activities nourish and protect a sense of awe and wonder while offering the children a way to rehearse for life as a productive adult.

An abundance of outdoor play and practical activity connects children to the rhythms of the year, strengthens their affinity with the natural world, and encourages a life-long love and respect for nature. The beautiful language of our puppet plays, songs, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Whole Kids Academy

6006 Executive Blvd., 3rd Floor, Rockville MD 20852
info@wholekidsacademy.com | WholeKidsAcademy.com | 240-242-4957

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or part time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion

Profile: Whole Kids Academy (WKA) is a warm and cheerful Spanish immersion preschool located in North Bethesda, behind Pike and Rose. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, education, and enrichment to children from birth to pre-kindergarten. WKA is a truly special, diverse community of families, children, teachers, and staff who are brought together by our shared love and investment in our children. Our teachers are loving, creative, passionate, experienced, and extremely dedicated to our children. They are the heart of our school.

We believe in nourishing children’s young bodies with nutritious organic food and lots of sunshine, activity, and exercise. We also believe there is a special window of opportunity to reach young [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Winchester School

3223 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20906
winchesterschool@verizon.net | TheWinchesterSchool.org | 301-598-2266

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Core Knowledge Curriculum Series
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish for pre-K 4 – 2nd grade

Profile: At the Winchester School, we are dedicated to preparing our students to embrace the life-long path of learning in a safe and loving environment, which is an extension of their own families of origin. We offer children an environment where they can feel safe, respected, and loved and in which they acquire the skills, knowledge, values, and traditions that will help them grow into successful adults.

Since 1970, our school has been a special place where a child can step outside of his family to experience the companionship of other children, the nurturing of teachers, and the excitement [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

5272 River Rd., Suite 530, Bethesda, MD 20816
mdemarco@wonderslearning.org | WondersLearning.org | 301-654-5339

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum
  • Secular

Profile: For over 40 years, Wonders Early Learning has been providing a safe and nurturing learning environment parents can trust and depend upon. We are a nonprofit provider of accredited early childhood education, before and after school care, and summer camp with flexible programs for children ages 2 months through 6th grade. We are committed to equity in our teaching practices and organizational policies and are proud to be an integral part of the community.

Class schedule:

  • 12-month program
  • Full-day preschool, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Openings for 2019–2020: Yes

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 8 weeks

Due date for enrollment applications: January, with waitlist option

Last updated: Jan. 29, 2020

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