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.

Please use the contact information listed for individual schools to inquire about enrollment (for both current and future school years), and be sure to mention you found them via WAM’s Southern Montgomery County Preschool Directory. Thank you!

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4 Corners Community Nursery

4 Corners Community Nursery logo

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day
  • 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 [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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 [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 with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Spanish immersion
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion

Profile: Arco Iris Somos Preschool has been created as a natural extension of Señora Lupe’s Mommy and Me Circle Time, Spanish immersion enrichment program, and her Spanish immersion spring and summer camps. Our preschool operates as a full immersion Spanish program for children ages 2 through 5 years. We offer full- and half-day programs with before and after care 10 months of the year.

Class offerings:

  • Ages 2 to 5 years: Half-day (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) or full-day (9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) programs
  • Ages 3 to 7 years: Enrichment programs on weekdays from 4:45–6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Enrichment offerings: We offer afternoon and Saturday Spanish enrichment programs

Openings this school year: Yes

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

Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School

Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School Logo

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

Audubon Nature Preschool

Audubon Nature Preschool

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

Overview of school type:

  • Half day with early drop-off options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Nature-based, play-based, emergent curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language instruction: 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 [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School

Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School logo

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day, early drop-off, and afternoon enrichment after half-day program
  • 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.

BCNS was established in 1965 as a non-profit, non-sectarian organization by the Church in Bethesda (previously known as Bethesda First Baptist Church) as a ministry to the community. The church provides physical facilities, custodial services, utilities, office support, fire and liability insurance, and general oversight.

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

Bethesda Preparatory School

Bethesda Preparatory Preschool

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

Bethesda Reggio Bilingual Preschool

8008 Newdale Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
contact@bethesdareggio.com | BethesdaReggio.com | 301-310-8008

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Reggio-Emilia inspired
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion

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 toddlers as well as 2- and young 3-year-old children. Lynnbrook Center is our new kinder-prep program for older children to prepare them for kindergarten. Join us for visit or schedule a video tour to learn more.

Class offerings: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M–F

Enrichment offerings: After-school Spanish enrichment

Openings this school year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 18 months, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School logo

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Part time / half day with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based emergent, creative curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Language offerings: Spanish lessons weekly for 3s and 4s classes

Profile: Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School provides an early childhood education that nurtures the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social growth of each child according to his or her needs. We believe young children learn best through play. Our programs incorporate stories, music, physical movement, indoor, and outdoor play, as well as creative and sensory activities to foster a life-long love of learning. We are a loving and caring community where children are encouraged to develop their own talent, uniqueness, and self-esteem.

Class offerings:

  • 2-year-olds: M/W/F [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Bright Eyes Early Learning Center

Bright Eyes logo

Veirs Mill location
11711 Joseph Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
jerraine@brighteyeschildcare.com | BrightEyesELC.com | 301-946-2776

Glen Haven location
10900 Inwood Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902
jerraine@brighteyeschildcare.com | BrightEyesELC.com | 240-430-1008

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full time or part time / half day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: InvestiGator Club and Creative Curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

Profile: Bright Eyes Early Learning Centers have been partnering with the community since 1991. Our philosophy helps to enable children to grow physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively at their own pace. We strive to ensure a program that is developmentally appropriate for your child’s age and skill level. Our program is based on the current Early Childhood Education best practices, using curriculums approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. We help each child celebrate their heritage and [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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: Chinese 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 MD Dept. of Education. CLNS is a warm, welcoming environment where dedicated teachers and parents work together [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Chevy Chase United Methodist Church Preschool

7001 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
lbailey@chevychaseumc.org | CCUMCPreschool.org | 301-652-7660

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day with early drop-off and afternoon enrichment options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Philosophy: Learning through play
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum combined with Montgomery County’s Pre-K framework for STEM
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist with a virtues-based philosophy
  • Language offerings: Weekly French and Spanish immersion afternoons

Profile: At Chevy Chase United Methodist Church (CCUMC) Preschool, each child is encouraged to develop into their fullest potential. We strive to create a preschool community that not only nurtures our students and prepares them for academic success beyond our walls but also creates warm connections for our parents.

Morning classes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. are rich with music, movement, outdoor play, imaginative self-expression, and kindergarten readiness activities. Afternoon enrichment classes offered [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

Clara Barton Center for Children

Clara Barton Center for Children logo

7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John, MD 20818
info@clarabartoncenter.org | ClaraBartonCenter.org | 301-320-4565

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day or half day / part time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: 2-year-olds, Healthy Beginnings; 3–5-year-olds, Creative Curriculum 5th Ed.
  • Secular

Profile: The Clara Barton Center for Children is a fully licensed non-profit daycare established to facilitate learning through play by providing a varied, developmentally appropriate program that nurtures creativity and exploration and fosters children’s social development. We provide quality, comprehensive, and child-centered learning environments and child care services for children ages 2–5 years. We are accredited by the Maryland State Dept. of Education and hold an MD EXCELS level 5 rating. There are currently 71 children enrolled in our center. We value a curriculum that emerges [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Concord Hill School

Concord Hill Photo

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or part time / half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: A developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum, encouraging children to embrace knowledge and value their social and emotional awareness
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish two times per week

Profile: Concord Hill School is a coeducational school for children ages 3 years to grade 3, focusing on the early childhood years. We are small with one class per grade level, and each class has two lead teachers. In addition, we offer special subjects (art, library, music, PE, science, and technology) to reinforce the curriculum at each grade level. Our five core values—knowledge, character, respect, play, and community—are the essence of a Concord Hill School education and guide our [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Crossway Montessori

3015 Upton Dr, Kensington, MD 20895
ezifcak@crossway-community.org | CrosswaySchool.org | 301-929-2505

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: Montessori from Nido to Primary
  • Secular

Profile: Crossway Community Montessori School aims to cultivate every child’s own natural desire to learn; we aim to cultivate curious, compassionate, self-directed, socially responsible citizens who work collaboratively, respectfully, and peacefully as interdependent learners in a diverse intergenerational community. Grounded in Maria Montessori’s theory of human development, each Montessori classroom supports each child’s development according to his or her readiness. Each child is free to explore within a specially prepared environment and with the guidance of the Montessori-trained teachers, or “guides.” Designed to be beautiful, orderly, and calm, each classroom is a community of peaceful, purposeful, and developmentally appropriate activity.

Mixed-age classes provide a real-world experience for the developing child, as peers learn from one another and work [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: Purposeful play-based curriculum, Creative Curriculum, and hands-on, active learning to offer a developmentally appropriate, child-centered program
  • Secular

Profile: Early Childhood Center (ECC) offers a play-based learning program for children ages 2–5 years old. We inspire children to develop a love of learning that will continue to grow with them throughout their lifetime. Families appreciate our small class sizes; low student-to-teacher ratios; nurturing environment; and highly qualified, degreed teachers. We have been an integral part of the Rockville community for over 45 years.

ECC is dedicated to providing children with a quality education that compliments their individual needs. For the success of each child, we have small class sizes with two experienced teachers in each classroom. We offer developmentally appropriate classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. Families can choose between T/TH, M/W/F, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney

Early Childhood School at BSO logo

18401 Burtfield Dr, Olney, MD 20832
sarah.meytin@bnaishalomofolney.org | ECSOlney.org | 301-570-0699

  • Schedule: Full or part time / half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based, constructivist, developmentally appropriate
  • Religious curriculum: Jewish
  • Language offerings: Hebrew weekly and integrated

Profile: The Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney (BSO) is a warm and nurturing Jewish preschool open to all children. With flexible part- and full-time scheduling between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; enrichment programs that include soccer, karate, yoga, and more; and a play-based, developmentally appropriate approach, we provide high-quality care and education. Registration and tuition information is available on our website.

Class offerings:

  • 2- and 3-year-olds: 3, 4, or 5 day options, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 4-year-olds: M–F, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Early arrival I: [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

Feynman School

Feynman School logo

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 [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 | FCS.school | 301-622-2281

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day / part time with late pickup option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Developmentally appropriate curriculum helps children to grow cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually
  • Religious affiliation: Forcey Bible Church

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

The excellent program features positive, loving, certified teachers and staff to develop the God-given talents of each child. Differentiated, center-based learning is used with the diverse student [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Garrett Park Nursery School

Garrett Park Nursery School logo

4812 Oxford St, Garrett Park, MD 20896
membershipgpns@yahoo.com | GarrettParkNurserySchool.org | 301-933-5254

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day / part time with afternoon enrichment option
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based cooperative preschool that seeks to encourage the total development of the child
  • Secular

Profile: Garrett Park Nursery School (GPNS), founded in 1953, is located next to the Garrett Park Elementary School. We believe that every child is unique and should be allowed to develop at his or her own pace in a warm, encouraging, and stimulating atmosphere. We believe that children learn through play, and we want each child’s earliest school experience to be positive and successful. Our program strives to encourage each child to develop a strong, positive self-image and skills for successful interaction with other children and adults. In a cooperative nursery school, the [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

German International School Washington D.C.

8617 Chateau Dr, Potomac, MD 20854
admissions@giswashington.org | GISWashington.org | 301-767-3846

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or part time / 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 4 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School

glenbrook coop logo

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 or afternoon enrichment options
  • Parent co-operative
  • 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Good Shepherd Episcopal Preschool

818 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20901
preschool@gsecmd.org | GSECMD.org/Pre-school | 301-593-2308

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day
  • Both parent co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Learning through play with a focus on social-emotional education
  • Religious affiliation: All faiths are welcome, and religious holidays of many faiths are celebrated at Good Shepherd

Profile: Good Shepherd Episcopal Preschool is a small nursery program that has been serving the Silver Spring community for more than 70 years. Our philosophy is learning through play. We focus on age-appropriate activities that enhance self-esteem and respect for others. The curriculum allows children to creatively discover many avenues in which they can express themselves. Subjects include art, literature, drama, music and movement, science, health, and math. Our teachers are experienced and loving.

Class offerings:

  • All classes meet 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 2- and young [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Grace Episcopal Day School

Grace Episcopal Day School logo

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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/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 [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 / part time with early drop-off and late pickup (after full day) and afternoon enrichment options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based, hands-on learning enriched with literacy and mathematics
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic

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:

  • Pre-K 4-year-olds: Full and half day
  • Pre-K 3-year-olds: Full and half day

Enrichment offerings: Club SciKidz science and technology, chess, and soccer

Openings for 2018–19: No

Minimum enrollment age: Children must be 3- and 4-years-old for their respective programs by Aug. 31

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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 option for late pickup
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play-based curriculum
  • Religious curriculum: Roman Catholic

Profile: Founded in 1950, Holy Redeemer is a pre-K–8 Catholic parish school dedicated to the development of the whole child. We continue today to be an integral part of a vibrant community that comprises Holy Redeemer Parish.

Our mission statement: Holy Redeemer Catholic School, a community rooted in faith and academic excellence, fosters spiritual growth, personal development, and service to others in a nurturing and inclusive environment.

Class offerings:

  • 3-year-old options:
    • T/Th, 8:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
    • M/W/F, 8:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
    • M–F, 8:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
    • M–F, 8:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • 4-year-old options:
    • M–F, 8:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
    • M–F, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Openings for next year: Yes, for 3-year-olds

Minimum enrollment [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 time or part time / half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular
  • Language instruction: Spanish

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

Kensington Cooperative Nursery School

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Part time with option for afternoon enrichment 
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based and includes developmentally appropriate and thematically based activities
  • Secular

Profile: Founded in 1939, KCNS was the first cooperative nursery school in the Washington metropolitan area. KCNS 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, [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning

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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
sarah@kidsadventures.com | KidsAdventures.com

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Weekly 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Kreative Kidz Learning Center

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14500 Layhill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
kkidzlc@gmail.com | KKidzLC.com | 301-598-5432

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: MSDE-approved curriculum, The Investigator Club, which aligns with the Common Core Curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Basic Spanish and ASL

Profile: Kreative Kidz has specialized preschool and pre-K programs for children ages 2–5 years. We offer full- and part-time schedules, and we are open year round. Our program also offers preschool and pre-K summer camp options. Please contact us to schedule a tour.

Class offerings:

  • M–F, 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • M/W/F, 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • T/TH, 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Extended care is available (at an additional cost) for all preschool schedules from 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Enrichment offerings: Soccer Shots (instructional soccer), both fall and [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Language and Academically Rich Center

5000 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011
ccoleman@kingsbury.org | LARCProgram.org | 202-722-5555

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Hands-on curriculum includes lessons from Lively Letters, Stern Math, Bringing Words to Life, We Thinkers, and Let’s Dig In!
  • Secular

Profile: The Language and Academically Rich Center (LARC) is a pre-K / transitional K program that provides a supportive learning environment that blends a focus on nurturing the development of social emotional skills and academic and linguistic growth.

Class offerings: M–F, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Opening for 2018–19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 4 years old

Learning Center for Young Children

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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 [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 [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

National Child Research Center

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3209 Highland Pl NW, Washington, DC 20008
admissions@ncrcpreschool.org | NCRCPreschool.org | 202-363-8777

Overview of school type:

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

Profile: Founded in 1928, the National Child Research Center (NCRC) provides a collaborative approach to preschool education in an environment that nurtures the whole child, fosters partnerships with families, and is committed to the inclusion of children with special needs. A highly trained, multi-disciplinary faculty employs developmentally appropriate practices, supported by ongoing professional development and sound research. Essential to its role as a model of early childhood education is the creation of a diverse, respectful community. Both within and beyond the school community, NCRC seeks opportunities to [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Rock Creek Montessori School

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Overview of school type:

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

Profile: The Rock Creek Montessori School is a 5-days/week program. The main goal is to help children develop a rapport with their environment and to support them as they develop physical, social, and intellectual independence. The teacher follows each child’s progress and presents carefully designed lessons and materials on a one-to-one basis as the child is ready. We [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Rockville Community Nursery School

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

Rockville Presbyterian Cooperative Nursery School

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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
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • 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.

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Sandy Spring Friends School

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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: At Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS), 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Sidwell Friends

Lower School location
5100 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
missions@sidwell.edu | Sidwell.edu/Academics/Lower-School | 202-537-8111

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Religious affiliation: Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Language offerings: Spanish 3x/week; Chinese 1x/week

Profile: Founded in 1883, Sidwell Friends School (SFS) is a pre-K–12, co-educational Quaker day school with campuses in Bethesda, MD (grades pre-K–4), and Washington, D.C. (grades 5–12). SFS offers a challenging academic experience in a warm, supportive environment. We seek students who demonstrate the potential to meet high academic and personal standards and contribute to the vitality of the school.

SFS is grounded in the Quaker belief that there is “that of God in everyone.” Individually and collectively, we challenge ourselves to pursue excellence in academic, athletic, and artistic realms. We are committed to the joys of exploration and discovery. Differences among us enhance intellectual inquiry, expand understanding, and deepen empathy. The Quaker pillars of the school inspire [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Silver Spring Day School

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day or half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play-based with an emphasis on social-emotional skills
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish twice monthly

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

Silver Spring Nursery School

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Part time / half day with early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, or late pickup 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Children’s Center

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

Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy

Spring Bilingual Montessori logo

3514 Plyers Mill Rd, Kensington, MD 20895
info@spring-bilibgual.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-min immersion in Spanish, French, or Italian

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

Spring Knolls Cooperative Early Learning Center

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Part time / half day with afternoon enrichment option
  • Both parent co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play-based learning and the 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. Andrew Apostle School

11602 Kemp Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902
standrew20902@standrewapostle.org | StAndrewApostle.org | 301-649-3555

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full and part time with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Dedicated to educating the whole child in a nurturing and challenging environment in partnership
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic
  • Language offerings: Weekly Spanish for the preschool & pre-K

Profile for the Early Learning Center: St. Andrew Apostle Early Learning Center (ELC) is a full-day, year-round, educational program for infants starting at 6 weeks of age through 3 years old from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The ELC is dedicated to teaching the entire child: mind, body, and soul. The staff uses the Creative Curriculum and High Reach Learning System in conjunction with spiritual foundation lessons. Educational principles are in a play-based learning environment. For more information, please contact Shelley Parker, 301-287-8188.

Profile for the Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten: St. [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. Luke’s 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
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based program using “Opening the World to Learning
  • Religious affiliation: Christian

Profile: Saint 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.

Saint Luke Christian Day School offers a variety of part-time educational programs at each age level: 2 years old, 3 years old, and pre-K. The school year runs 9 months, Sept. through May. Children may enter the school at any age level on a space available basis.

Class offerings:

  • 2-year-olds: M/W or T/Th, 9:15–11:45 a.m.
  • 3-year-olds: M/W/F or T/Th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Pre-K: M/W/F, M–Th, or M–F, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. John’s Christian Preschool

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

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Half day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Designed to promote social and emotional growth with an emphasis on the development of positive self-esteem
  • Religious affiliation: Christian

Profile: St. John’s Christian Preschool believes that children learn best through play. Activities are centered around weekly themes and often include special visitors, trips, dress-up days, and related snacks. 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. The children’s spiritual growth is nurtured through weekly Bible stories and Christian attitude lessons as well as a weekly chapel led by a Pastor. At St. John’s Christian Preschool, children learn that they are [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

St. John’s Episcopal School

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

Overview of school type:

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

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

St. Jude Regional Catholic School

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

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 standards
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic

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: Pre-K 3-years-old class and pre-K 4-years-old class, full day, 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Enrichment offerings: Music classes weekly—lessons in guitar, violin, and piano

Openings this school year: Please inquire

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Stone Ridge

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

Overview of school type:

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

Profile: Stone Ridge is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school in the Network of Sacred Heart schools for girls, grades 1–12, with a co-educational early childhood program, Little Hearts, which serves children 3-month-olds through kindergarten age.

The Stone Ridge 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 located [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Sugar Plums

6003 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852
deborah@sugarplumscenter.com | SugarPlumsCenter.com | 301-468-6003

Overview of school type:

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

Profile: Sugar Plums’ intention is to foster a nurturing environment of open-ended exploration, creativity, curiosity, and growth for children, teachers, and parents that promote our connections to the community and the world around us.

We find the best way to engage and encourage each and every child at a level that makes them comfortable in their surroundings. Our child-centered program is a play-based curriculum rooted in sound research and developmentally appropriate practices that reveal and enhance each child’s skills.

From the moment you walk through the front door, every aspect of our early childhood education center is designed to support your child and focus on the important relationships between [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Takoma Children’s School

6925 Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
office@takomachildren.org | TakomaChildren.org | 202-726-9220

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based and inspired by Reggio Emilia 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

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

Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center

10101 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, MD 20895
eccgary@templeemanuelmd.org | TempleEmanuelMD.org/Early-Childhood-Center | 301-942-2000

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Both full and half days with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood learning and the progressive values of Temple Emanuel
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish

Profile: Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center was founded 10 years ago as an integral part of a larger community that honors spiritual and intellectual growth, a deep appreciation of the natural environment, a commitment to social service, and a deep respect for the diversity of our community. Starting with a blank canvas, a strong vision, and a group of dedicated early childhood educators, we have grown into one of the most highly respected early childhood programs in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

Our pedagogy is based on creating a culture of collaborative learning inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and the rich Jewish values of Temple [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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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 [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, which is 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; Spanish and German grades

Profile: Washington Waldorf School (WWS)—Imagine a better way to learn. In Waldorf 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 [click school’s name at the top to read more…]

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

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

This school is attending our 2019 preschool fair. Meet a school representative on Nov. 8. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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

The Woods Academy

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6801 Greentree Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817
mmcnamara@woodsacademy.org | WoodsAcademy.org | 301-365-3080

Overview of school type:

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

Profile: A Montessori preschool, the Woods Academy’s inviting classrooms, experienced teachers, well-equipped playground enhanced by PE, art, music, and world language provide a joyful learning experience. The preschool is AMS accredited.

Enrichment offerings: World language, art, music, PE, and technology

Openings for 2018–19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old by Sept. 1

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Whole Kids Academy

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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 / half day with late pickup option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Language immersion; Creative Curriculum, fostering a love of learning, nourishing minds, bodies, and planet
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion

Profile: Whole Kids Academy is Bethesda’s premier Spanish immersion preschool dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, education, and enrichment to children from birth to pre-kindergarten. We are a family-owned preschool; as parents of 2 young boys, we sought to build a well-balanced program that we would be excited for own children to be a part of. We have created a warm, cheerful, and safe environment with highly qualified teachers to engage our children in fun, age-appropriate learning activities and creative play.

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