Gates of Discovery

16620 Georgia Ave., Olney, MD 20832 | | 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, and a stimulating environment to help them make sense of their experiences. Teachers organize environments that provoke exploration, experimentation, problem solving, having fun with friends, and being a child. Extended explorations are often carried out in small groups, where cooperation and disputation mingle pleasurably.

preschool children pouring water into cups

Early experiences with nature have been positively linked with the development of imagination and a sense of wonder. Our playscape and nature-infused curriculum encourage independence, confidence, and self-reliance.

Relationships are foundational to learning. Come join us today.

Class offerings: We are open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Families have an opportunity to construct their own schedule within this framework. Days per week and times per day are customizable. Our general schedule is as follows:

  • Early drop-off: 7–9 a.m.
  • 2-year-olds:
    • Core program: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Napping: 12:30–2 or 3 p.m.
  • 3- and 4-year-olds:
    • Core program: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.;
    • Rest: 2–3 p.m.
  • Snack and play: 3–4 p.m.
  • Aftercare: 4–6 p.m.

Note: Information for the 2020–2021 school year was not yet finalized as of Aug. 8, 2019. Please contact the school to confirm its offerings.

Openings for 2019–2020: Yes

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must be 2 years old by Sept. 1

Due date for enrollment applications: February, with late enrollment option


Last updated: Jan. 29, 2020

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