South Montgomery Preschool Directory

The directory includes a wide variety of schools serving families across southern Montgomery County.
WAM banner narrow

Visit the Preschool Fair and Directory home page to learn more about our directory, search schools, register your school, and more.

When you contact a school, please be sure to say you found them on the South Montgomery Preschool Directory or Wheaton Area Moms Preschool Fair.

Thank you!


St. John’s Episcopal School

3427 Olney Laytonsville Rd
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 774-6804

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with options for early drop off and late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:St. John’s is a theme based academic program nurturing character and faith that fosters a lifetime love of learning.
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

St. John’s Episcopal Preschool is a theme based academic program nurturing character and faith for children ages 3-5. 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 the daily routines and that form a strong basis for all of our academic and social lessons throughout the year.

Class offerings:

3 year olds: 2-day, 3-day, or  5-day program, 9:00-1:00 or 9:00-3:00
4 year olds: 5 day program, 9:00-1:00 or 9:00-3:00

Enrichment offerings: Weekly P.E. class, technology, religion, library, art, music

Openings for 2017-18: Yes
Openings for 2016-17: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old by September 30.


Bethesda Cooperative Nursery School

5033 Wilson Lane
Bethesda MD 20814
(301) 654-1864

  • Schedule: Part-time/half-day with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, and late pickup
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based, creative curriculum
  • Secular curriculum

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.

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 & liability insurance and general oversight. The nursery school is licensed by Montgomery County Department of Health and is accredited by the Maryland State Board of Education. BCNS is also a member of the Maryland Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (MCPPNS).

Students attend Music Together and JumpBunch class as activities during the school day in addition to theme-based teaching units including free play, art projects, story time, songs, and outdoor time.

Time Commitment: Parents/guardians should expect to spend one to two “coop days” per month in the classroom.

Class offerings:

Fish Class: Tuesday & Thursday 9:15-11:45; Age 2 – (younger 2’s)
Frog Class: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:15-11:45; Age 2 – (older 2’s)
Fireflies Class: Monday-Thursday 9:30-12:00; Age 3
Caterpillars Class: Monday-Friday 9:30-12:00; Age 4

Enrichment offerings: Weekly Montgomery Music Together and Jump Bunch physical education programming, After-school science and drama.

Openings for 2016-17: Yes
Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: To register for the two-year-old class children must turn two by September 1st of that year.

Early Childhood Center

100 Welsh Park Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 424-8065

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:ECC uses the purposeful play based curriculum, Creative Curriculum, and hands-on, active learning to offer a developmentally appropriate, child-centered program.
  • Secular curriculum

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 two-, three- and four-year-olds. Families can choose between T/TH*, MWF and M-F options. Morning classes run from 9 am – 12:20 pm. Families can enroll in our afternoon enrichment program to extend a child’s day until 3 pm. Lunch is an important part of our program for all morning classes.

ECC is conveniently located near Interstate 270, Route 28 and Rockville Pike next to Rockville Town Square. The school is nestled on a beautiful, wooden campus that invites lots of exploration and outdoor play.

*The four-year-old program has only MWF and M-F options.

Class offerings:

Two-Year-Old Programs: class size 8-10 T/TH, MWF and M-F 9-12:20 pm or until 3 pm
Three-Year-Old Programs: class size 10 T/TH, MWF and M-F 9-12:20 pm or until 3 pm
Four-Year-Old Programs: class size 10-16 MWF and M-F 9-12:20 pm or until 3 pm

Enrichment offerings: Twice a month music and movement enrichment in the classroom.

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old as of September 1st.


3621 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 422-1404

  • Schedule: Half-day/part-time with option for lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-Based Preschool
  • Secular curriculum

UCNS is a half-day preschool program for children ages two to four, serving the local community since 1969. Students benefit from highly qualified and dedicated staff, and favorable teacher-student ratios. Our goal is to engage children in hands-on learning that is fun, but also fosters the development of important pre-academic, social, and emotional skills needed for kindergarten and beyond. We are fortunate to be located on sprawling grounds with wooded areas and walking trails that allow for many opportunities to bring nature into the classroom, or bring the classroom out into nature! We also have a library, two outdoor playground spaces, and an indoor gymnasium and equipment for active play on rainy days.

Class offerings:

2s – T/Th 9-1
2s – M/W/F 9-1
3S – W/TH/F 9-1
4S – T/W/TH/F 9-1

Enrichment offerings: Weekly Music Specials, Bi-Weekly Storytelling Specials

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must reach age of enrollment by September 1st, 2017

Forcey Christian School

2130 East Randolph Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 622-2281

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with late pickup option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Students will learn about the Bible and develop their full potential in academics and physical, social and emotional life skills.
  • Religious affiliation: Forcey Christian Church
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

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 eight 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 learning with center-based learning is given to the diverse student population. Regular story-times by the teachers and librarian enrich the students. Also age-appropriate art projects and music activities feature specialized teachers. Math highlights exploration with manipulatives. Many special events make the curriculum come alive and give parents extra opportunities to participate in the program — trip to the farm, Teddy Bear picnic, Color Days, Grandparents Day,Bug Day, 100th Day, Dr. Seuss Day, puppet theater, working in the school garden, etc. Children will experience purposeful play, a technically-rich environment and a well-balanced science curriculum.

Class offerings:

3s TuTh 8:35 – 11:30 or 8:35 – 3:00
4s M-F half and full day, M/W/F half and full day
The church provides Mother’s Day Out for twos and threes M, W, or F

Enrichment offerings: School activities available

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: September first birthdate cutoff but may enroll at any time


Holy Redeemer School

9715 Summit Ave
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 942-3701

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with late pickup option
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: We follow the ADW Standards of Learning
  • Religious curriculum: Catholic

Holy Redeemer School, a Catholic parochial school in the Archdiocese of Washington, exemplifies three specific characteristics integral to Catholic education: academic excellence, faith formation, caring community. Located in Kensington, Maryland, a suburb of the nation’s capital, Holy Redeemer School was founded in 1951 and has educated multiple generations of parish families. Holy Redeemer School is committed to excellence and equity, working to keep Catholic education accessible and affordable through parish stewardship and school fundraisers. With strong parish enrollment, Holy Redeemer School’s location and reputation increasingly attract students from beyond the parish boundaries. Parents choose Holy Redeemer School for the school’s strong academic reputation, vibrant Catholic identity, and dynamic school community life. Due to its academic successes, Holy Redeemer was recognized as a Nation Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2009.

Class offerings: Holy Redeemer School serves students who are 3 year old through eight grade. We offer full day and half day options for our 3 and 4 year old programs.

3’s Half-day and full-day options available
4’s Half-day and full-day options available
Half-day-8:45-12:20; Full day-8-3pm

Enrichment offerings: library, music, PE

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st

Lowell School

Lowell School logo1640 Kalmia Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 572-2004

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day with options for early drop off and late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Rigorous, engaging, interactive, and integrated learning, which includes mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, art, drama, & more
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Lowell is an independent PreK-8th grade school that provides an innovative, rigorous, and experience-based curriculum for a diverse student boy. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and social and emotional literacy to become members of a new generation of creative leaders and problem-solvers who value service to others.

Class offerings:

Preschool – 5 full days (8:15-3:15)
Preschool – 5 half days (8:15-noon)
Kindergarten – 8th grade (8:15-3:15)

Enrichment offerings: Private music lessons, after school mini courses, swim lessons, athletics

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2.5 years old by September

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School logo6601 Bradley Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 365-2909

  • Schedule: Part-time/half-day with options for early drop off and lunch or afternoon
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative and Emergent Curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School provides an early childhood education which 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:

MWF 2s: 9:00 to 11:30
TTH 2s 9 to 11:30

M through F 3s 9:00 to 12:30
MWF 3s 9:00 to 12:30
TTh 3s 9 to 12:30

M through F 4s 9:00 to 12:30
MWF 4s 9:00 to 12:30

Early Drop off at 8:00 am
Lunch Bunch 11:30 to 12:30
Stay and Play: 12:30 and 2:30 for 3s and 4s. Each day has 1 or 2 different offerings: art, cooking, dance, science, geography, and drama.

Enrichment offerings: Monthly Creative Movement, 2 Different Music Classes, Weekly Spanish classes, Science

Openings for 2017-18: Yes
Openings for 2016-17: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2s, 3s, and 4s, by September 1 for fall enrollment/ 2 between Sept. & Dec 31 for Jan enrollment


National Child Research Center (NCRC)

National Child Research Center logo3209 Highland Place NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 363-8777

  • Schedule: Full-time or Part-time/half-day with options for early drop off and lunch or afternoon
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: NCRC is a play based preschool.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

National Child Research Center (NCRC) provides a collaborative, play-based approach to preschool, serving 2.5-5 year olds, in an environment dedicated to nurturing the whole child while fostering partnerships with families. Every day our students are guided by teachers who understand the theory behind the power of play and are passionate about what they do. NCRC is a truly inclusive environment and welcomes children with mild to moderate special needs. NCRC’s community is dedicated to offering a rich tapestry of diversity.

Unique to NCRC is our Child Development Team consisting of a Speech and Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, and a School Counselor. These professionals work with teachers to incorporate language, speech, motor, and social-emotional skill building into the classroom. Throughout the week, children look forward to enrichment classes in music, motor and library. Music teachers from Levine Music provide children with an understanding of the foundations of music. Our movement teacher helps children practice their motor skills such as balancing, hopping, and climbing. Library experiences are linked to classroom curriculum. Sign up online to schedule a tour or register for NCRC’s Open House.

Class offerings:

2 1/2 – 4 year olds: (M-F) 8:30-11:30 OR 12:40-3:30
4 1/2 – 5 1/2 year olds: (M-F) 8:30-3:00

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Children need to be 2 by March 15, 2017 in order to apply for the 2017-2018 school year.

Quality Time Learning Center

8101 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20009
(301) 588-3350

  • Schedule: Full-day with option for early drop off, late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Quality Time uses an advanced academic program including creative curriculum, digital tablets, Promethean whiteboards, music, and foreign language enrichment.
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Quality Time Learning Center is a private early childhood education through school-age primary school appealing to the individual needs of children and families in Silver Spring, MD and Washington, D.C. With a dedication to overall excellence in education, and our longstanding reputation in the community, Quality Time strongly advocates for the significance of early care and education in enhancing children’s present and future quality of life.

Quality Time offers students a fully digital advanced academic enrichment program using digital tablets and interactive Promethean whiteboards. Our diverse curriculum uses Harcourt text and is based on a combination of Creative Curriculum and the child care principles of Piaget and Erikson, employing varied enrichment activities that foster development in all key areas.

Founded in 1988, Quality Time is committed to the concept of equal opportunity through education and improving the welfare and lives of children. Quality Time strives to support the community, helping children, parents, and staff through local and global outreach that includes tuition assistance and scholarships to high performing students and families in need.   Quality Time has implemented charitable programs for children and families suffering from disaster and famine or requiring medical treatment in the United States and Africa.

Class offerings: Monday – Friday. 7AM – 6PM.

Enrichment offerings: Quality Time offers various enrichment programs including music, dance, theater, math, language arts, and phonics.

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 6 weeks


Redwood Montessori Academy

1605 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20851 
(301) 762-2524

  • Schedule: Full time or half-day/part-time with option for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish, French (occasional)

Redwood Montessori Academy provides a safe, stimulating, and supportive environment where young minds can learn, grow, and thrive. We provide a joyful learning environment that meets the needs of active and inquisitive children from age 2 through 5th grade.

Class offerings:

Available program hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Parents can choose half days, school-hour days, or extended days. Summer Camp and Mini-Camps available.

Enrichment offerings: Our program includes music, art, foreign language, PE, “crazy science,” and yoga.

Openings for 16-17: No
Openings for 17-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Students must be at least 2 years old to attend.

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

5272 River Road
Suite 530
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 654-5339

  • Schedule: Full time or half-day/part-time with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, and late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Children learning best through engaging in meaningful interactions and exploring their world
  • Secular curriculum

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day is a non profit organization that has been serving children and families for over 40 years. Our mission is to create and advance high quality and diverse educational communities that teach children the foundations of life-long learning and social responsibility.   Wonders vision is to be an innovative non-profit community leader and advocate, recognized for highest quality early childhood and school age education and social responsibility.

The Early Learning programs foster growth and learning across all areas of development. Our NAEYC Accredited programs follow The Creative Curriculum®- a comprehensive, research-based approach for children from birth through five. Our play-based approach supports our philosophy that children learn best through engaging in meaningful interactions and exploring their world.

In our infant classrooms, we respect the need, preferences, and schedules of our families and respond to each infant’s temperament and stage of development. We create a stimulating environment full of caring interactions where infants can thrive. 

Our pre-K program is designed to provide the cognitive and social-emotional skills that prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Our teachers help each child develop a sense of self, personal responsibility, and respect for others. 

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: infants through Pre-K

Learning Center for Young Children

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
10123 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 949-2933

  • Schedule: Half-day/part-time with option for lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: play centered
  • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian


The Learning Center for Young Children is a church-owned, parent participation preschool age program.   LCYC believes in nurturing self-confidence in children by providing experiences which encourage development of their ability to be independent, to listen to and follow directions, the be creative, and to solve problems. The play-based learning 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.

LCYC offers morning and afternoon classes for children aged 1 1/2 through 4 year olds. LCYC is a parent participation program, and offers families the opportunity to “co-op” in their children’s classes on a regular basis at a full, half or non co-op level.

LCYC makes every effort to provide a supportive atmosphere where each child experiences loving, sharing, helping and forgiving as integral parts of daily life. All children are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or racial or ethnic background, LCYC provides an atmosphere of respect for all religions.

Class offerings:

MORNING CLASSES – 9:15 – 11:45 AM
2’s: Mon/Fri and Tues/Thurs
3’s: Mon/Wed/Fri and Tues/Thurs
4s: Mon/Wed/Fri and 5 Day

PARENTS DAY OUT – 9:15 – 1:00 PM (1 1/2 – 2 year olds)

AFTERNOON CLASSES – 11:45 AM – 2:30 PM Monday through Thursday (Starting Mid-September)

Enrichment options: Monday afternoon Music/Science for 4’s

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 1 1/2 years old by Sept. 1, 2017 for 2017 – 2018 classes

Rock Creek Montessori School

Rock Creek Montessori logo3701 Spruell Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 942-9561

  • Schedule: Full time or half-day/part-time with option for early drop off, late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We follow the philosophy and curriculum of Maria Montessori
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

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 ones develop confidence with new skills while observing the more challenging activities of their classmates. The older children gain self-confidence by serving as role models and leaders.

The Montessori classroom is:

Purposefully prepared environment
Learner centered
Developmentally appropriate
Equipped with self-correcting materials meant to engage young learners

We encourage children to:

Explore and discover
Work independently at their own pace
Develop a sense of mastery and accomplishment

Class offerings:

We are a Monday – Friday classroom.
Drop off is at 8:45am and pick up is at 3:00pm.
We have early morning care beginning at 7:45am and aftercare until 6pm.
We serve ages 18mo – K.

Openings for 2017-18: Yes
Openings for 2016-17: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Your child must be at least 18 months old when they enter the school

Silver Spring Nursery School

Silver Spring Nursery School logo10309 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(301) 434-2313

  • Schedule: Part-time/half-day with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: SSNS uses a play based philosophy focusing on the development of each child’s emotional, intellectual, physical and social strengths.
  • Secular curriculum

Class offerings: Silver Spring Nursery School is a part time cooperative nursery school for children ages 2 – 4/5 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 week, each family is involved in the administration of our school creating a community for all children to thrive.

At SSNS, we offer optional programs as well such as Early Morning Drop-off, Lunch Bunch, and Late Day Pick-up, weekly Theme class, and Toddler Time.

2’s M/T 9:30-12 noon
2’s W/Th 9:30-12 noon
3’s M-W 9:30-1 pm
4/5’s M-Th 9:30-1 pm

Enrichment offerings: SSNS offers Theme Class – an optional day each week focusing on different monthly themes.

Openings for this year: No

Minimum enrollment age: Children must be the age of the class attending by September 1

Casa de Montessori

14015 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 209Casa de Montessori logo04
(301) 384-8404

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with option for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori – Association Montessori International (AMI)
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

Since 1969 Casa de Montessori School has been offering a nurturing environment where children develop a love of learning through individually guided, hands-on discovery and exploration during the first and most important years of their life.

Our mixed-age classrooms are lead by highly experienced teachers who have passed rigorous training, hold bachelor’s degrees and are AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) certified. They tailor the classroom experience to each child’s individual developmental needs, respecting the personality and the potential of each child to develop at their own pace.

We welcome you to call and schedule an appointment to observe in the classroom and see what makes Casa de Montessori stand out among the rest.

Class offerings:

All programs are 5 days a week.
Ages 3 -6 (must be toilet trained)
Primary Half Day 8:45 – 12:00
Primary Full Day 8:45 – 3:00
Kindergarten 8:45-3:00

Before Care available starting at 7:30 AM
After Care available until 6:00 PM

Enrichment offerings: Soccer Shots is offered seasonally

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years

Rockville Community Nursery School

RCNS logo100 Welsh Park Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 340-7584

  • Schedule: Half-day/part-time with option for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Creative Curriculum
  • Secular curriculum

RCNS is a cooperative, parent-owned preschool in which parents, teachers and children participate together in an exciting and nurturing first-school experience.

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 develop an interest and joy in learning about themselves, others and the world around them during these wonderful, formative early education years. By sharing our own time and talents, both in the classroom and in the administrative workings of the school, we parents show our children directly that we believe in the importance of their education. The exciting, varied school experience at RCNS is fun and enriching for children and parents together!

Class offerings:

Parent-Child class: Mondays 9:30-11:30
2s: Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday 9:30-12 Sept-Dec, 9:30-12:30 Jan-May
3s: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
4s Monday-Thursday or Monday-Friday 9:30-12:30

Enrichment offerings: Monthly yoga and music classes

Openings for 2016-17: Please inquire
Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years by January 31 for the Parent/Child class; 2 years by September 1 for the 2s program

Garrett Park Nursery School

Garrett Park Nursery School logoP.O. Box 314
Garrett Park, MD 20896
(301) 933-5254

  • Schedule: half-day/part-time with option for lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We offer a play-based academic program within a parent-led cooperative nursery school.
  • Secular curriculum

With 60 plus years of experience in community-engaged educational practices, we here at the Garrett Park Nursery School (GPNS), a parent-run co-op, located in the heart of Garrett Park, MD, are very excited to welcome you to our school, which is known for offering only the highest quality education for two, three & four-year-olds, and a pre-school extended day program.

In addition to our play based academic program, we offer a variety of exciting year round community events & fundraisers. We are confident that your experience with us will instill invaluable life skills in your children and leave them with a long-lasting sense community, belonging, and a genuine passion for learning!

Class offerings:

2’s Class: Tuesday & Thursday   9:15am-11:45am
3’s Class: Monday, Wednesday, Friday   9:15am-11:45am
4’s Class: Monday through Friday   9:15am-11:45am
Extended Day: Up to 5 days per week   11:45am-1:15pm

Enrichment offerings: Participatory music instruction is provided weekly or bi-weekly

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: The child must be the appropriate age for the class by September 1st of that school year.

Evergreen School

10700 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 942-5979

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with option for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Evergreen is celebrating our 52nd anniversary this year. We are a traditional Montessori school serving children ages 2 to grade 3.   Children in a Montessori environment learn at their own pace, foster independence, and have a strong love of learning. We offer Art, Music, PE, Library, and Spanish as well as before care, after care, and enrichment programs.

Enrichment offerings: biweekly music, biweekly physical education, weekly library, Spanish, art and afternoon enrichment

Class offerings:

We offer half and full day classes Monday through Friday.
Our before care is 7:30 to 8:30.   Class is from 8:30 to noon for half day and 8:30 to 3:00 for full day. After care is from 3:00 to 6:00pm.

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years

Barrie Montessori

13500 Layhill Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20906
(301) 576-2800

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish, Mandarin (occasional)

Barrie is ideal for students from age 18 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, 18 months through Grade 5, Barrie offers a Montessori curriculum with a multi-sensory approach to learning, enabling students to reach beyond their grasp, put theory into practice, and ask pertinent questions. Barrie Prep (Grades 6-8 and 9-12) provides a challenging and supportive environment, preparing students to become successful college graduates, active citizens, and leaders in the global community.

Faculty and staff at Barrie are highly educated and talented professionals who maintain their standards of academic excellence through continuous staff development. The Lower School faculty are credentialed Montessori educators with extensive experience. Barrie’s teachers are also scientists, artists, playwrights, and athletes in their own right.

Enrichment offerings: Students can sign up for enrichment opportunities during extended care.

Class schedule:

18 Months/Primary 2/Primary 3: 5 Full days/week from 8:30-3:15
18 Months/Primary 2/Primary 3: 3 Full days/week from 8:30-3:15
18 Months/Primary 2/Primary 3: 5 half days/week from 8:30-12:00
Primary 4- 3rd grade: 5 Full days/week from 8:30-3:15
Extended care options start as early as 7:00am and as late as 6:00pm

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Students must be 18 months to enroll. For primary ages they must be of age by September 1st. Rolling Admission

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School photo8204 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 585-7272

  • 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 curriculum

Founded in 1942, Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School (The Cooperative School), is a nursery school for children ages 2-5. At The Cooperative 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 Cooperative 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 4 Spaces for Learning: Classroom, Project Center, Imagination Station, and Outdoor Play Space. Arts-based, play-based, and nature-infused activities presented in the different spaces support literacy and language development, fine and gross motor development, as well as learning in the sciences, math, and social studies. More importantly, the environment and exploration afforded by each space support the children’s social and emotional development. Through the careful planning of the environment and the materials offered, the school closely mirrors the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education and its stance of environment serving as The Third Teacher.

Class schedule:

2s/3s Thursday and Friday 9:00-11:30
3s/4s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30-11:30
4s/5s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00-3:00

Enrichment offerings: music, physical arts, campfires, forest trips, stream adventures, neighborhood explorations, field trips to museums and parks

Openings for 2016-17: No
Openings for 2017-18: Yes, for 4/5’s class

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by September 1, 2017 to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year

Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery

9504 Brunett Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 565-2282

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with option for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Educating children since 1964, Acorn Hill emphasizes play, storytelling, nature, and more. Parenting programs birth-to-three, half/full day for 3-6 years,
  • Secular curriculum

Our programs provide a balance between play and enrichment activities, encouraging independence, natural talents and learning about the world through the gift of imitation, fantasy, and invention. We recognize the significance of experiences in early childhood for an individual’s later development, and we use age-appropriate approaches for teaching. Research shows that children who engage in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have greater language skills, better social skills, more empathy, more imagination, and more of the subtle capacity to know what others mean.

In our classes, through festivals, gardening and craft activities, we bring a sense of wonder and reverence for nature. Through cooperative and careful work indoors and outdoors we encourage respect for both the environment and one another.

Concentration, small muscle development and hand-eye coordination are all essential to reading and writing. Activities that promote these skills include baking, crafts and painting.

A further contribution to language development is our practice of storytelling and puppetry. In this way the child’s memory is developed along with a sense for the beauty and expressiveness of language.

Daily circle time features poems, games and songs that further build language skills and also provide the basis for mathematics skills through counting games and rhymes.

Class schedule:

Parenting classes with children: parent-infant, birth to 1; parent-toddler, 1-2; parent-child, 2-3, Th/F
Young Nursery: 2 1/2-3 year olds, M,Tu, W; 9-12
Nursery: 3-4 year olds M,Tu,W or M-F, 9-12 or 9-3, extended day options available
Mixed-age Kindergarten: 4-6 year olds, M-F, 9-12 or 9-3, extended day options available

Openings this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Young Nursery: 2 1/2

The Woods Academy

Woods Academy logo6801 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 222-0776

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with options for Early Drop off, Lunch or afternoon enrichment, Late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Religious curriculum: Catholic
  • Language offerings: Spanish and French
The Woods Montessori program meets the needs and interests of three year olds to six year olds. Learning is intrinsically motivating and joyful in the multi-age classroom and prepared environment. Singing, stories, poetry, sharing, and outdoor play augment the Montessori program. In addition to activities in Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, and English Language Arts, teachers enrich the classrooms with thematic, integrated units that include studies of the continents as well as holidays, seasons, and animals. Three and four year old children participate in library, music, and physical education during their morning at The Woods. Four year olds with teacher recommendations have the option of participating in a four day-a-week full-day program (The Owls) that allows additional time for extended Montessori activities including Hands On Science, library, and cooking in the afternoon. The Luncher Program for five/six year olds is a full day with time for both individual and small group activities. In the afternoon, the Lunchers have French or Spanish, music, fine art, physical education, and library. In addition, Lunchers may travel to The National Gallery, The Kennedy Center, Montgomery County Recycling Center, Homestead Farm, and museums.

Class schedule: See above

Enrichment offerings: Art, Music, Foreign Language, Library, PE, Science, Technology, Cooking, Soccer, Yoga

Openings for 2016-17: Please inquire
Openings for 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Children need to be 2.10 months by September 1st.

Bright Eyes Early Learning Center

Bright Eyes logo

Viers Mill location

11711 Joseph Mill Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20906
(301) 946-2776

Glen Haven location

10900 Inwood Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20902

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Maryland State Approved curriculums; Investigators Club and Creative Curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish & Sign Language (occasional)

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 there 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; utilizing curriculums approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. We help each child celebrate their heritage and individuality, while promoting skills for conflict resolution. We focus on the whole child, not only preparing them for their elementary transition, but we help to build a strong foundation that will last throughout their lifetime.

Class Schedule:

Our Viers Mill location opens 7:00 am- 6:30 pm
Our Glen Haven location opens 6:30 am- 6:30 pm

Enrichment offerings: Soccer

Openings this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: At our Viers Mill location: 6 weeks to 5 years; Glen Haven location: 12 months-5 years


The Arc Montgomery County Karasik Family, Infant & Child Care Center

The Arc Montgomery County logo10611 Tenbrook Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 984-5777 x3313

  • Schedule: Full-day with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Approved MSDE Curriculum, currently Little Treasures
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: French, Spanish (occasional)

Ages 6weeks-10 years: The Arc Montgomery County Karasik Family, Infant & Child Care Center is an inclusive, family-centered child care program integrating typically-developing children, children with developmental disabilities and children with chronic medical conditions.  The staff includes pediatric registered nurses and trained child care providers. Program activities include academic instruction, communication skills, music, fine arts, drama, computer skills, science, cooking, and outdoor play and gym time. Every child enrolled at KFICCC has the opportunity to thrive. Classrooms are divided so each child is placed on individual needs, rather than strictly on chronological age. Our Building Bridges program partnership with MCPS provides seamless delivery of services to preschool children with Individualized Education Plans who are enrolled at KFICCC. This class is led by a special education teacher, supported by para-educators and KFICCC staff.

The Arc’s progressive, well-equipped program is funded through private paying clients and grants from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland State Department of Education. Parents can also apply to other agencies for grants to help defray the cost.

Class offerings:

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 am-6 pm, 12 months
Before/After Care Hours: 7-9 am, 3-6 pm

Enrichment offerings: Music, Gym, Foreign Languages

Openings for 2016-17: Yes
Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 6 weeks


Spring Knolls Cooperative Early Learning Center

Spring Knolls logo8900 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(310) 650-0086

  • Schedule: Part-time/half-day with lunch or afternoon enrichment option
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: play based philosophy; Creative Curriculum
  • Secular curriculum

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 be part of a social group.

Spring Knolls offers a learning environment that provides carefully designed, structured activities suitable to our children’s progressing developmental levels, as well as child-directed learning experiences that take advantage of their innate curiosity, to further their understanding of the world and people around them.

Spring Knolls is a “workshop” for children, where they are provided tools and guidance each day (through Language Skills, Cultural Enrichment, Exploring, Problem Solving, Arts and Crafts, Dramatic Play, Music, Self Help Skills and Outdoor Play).

Class offerings:

2-day 2s: Th/F 9:10 – 12:10
3-day 2s: M/T/W 9:10 – 12:10
3s: M-F 9:10 -12:10
4s: M- F 9:10 – 12:10
Afternoon Enrichment Program: M-Th 12:10 – 3:00 (open to non-SK students) including Art, Cooking, JumpBunch, Puppets

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 by Sept. 1


Rockville Presbyterian Cooperative Nursery School

215 West Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850RPNCS logo
(301) 762-1293

  • Schedule: Part-time/half-day with lunch or afternoon enrichment option
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: RPCNS’s philosophy is learning through play
  • Secular curriculum

RPCNS photoNow accepting applications for SY 2017-18.

RPCNS is a part-time, cooperative nursery school for children aged 2,3, and 4. We offer a well-equipped facility with innovative programs offered at a moderate cost. A cooperative nursery school offers your child the opportunity to develop physically, socially, and intellectually in a supportive environment that includes the family.

In a cooperative preschool, teacher, child and parent work together to build a successful learning experience. The child benefits from a gradual separation fromhome while having the opportunity to build a trusting relationship with other adults. Co-oping parents bring unique talents to the classroom as well as create a desirable child to adult ratio.

A cooperative nursery school offers you the opportunity to learn and grow with your child, to share experiences with other parents, and to become a participant in your child’s education by assisting in the day-to-day operations of the school and in the classroom. RPCNS offers a sibling nursery for families with younger children to allow them to participate fully in the cooperative classroom.  Extended day options, such as Yoga or Soccer, are also available for additional fees.

Enrichment options: Weekly music classes w/separate music teacher, Science once a month, Cultural Enrichment once a month, regular community field trips.

Class offerings:

Two year old classes: Tu/Thur 9:45-12:15
Three year old classes: M/W/F 9:45-12:30
Four year old/Pre K classes: M-F 9:45-12:30

Now accepting applications for SY 2017-18
Openings for 2017-18: Yes
Openings for 2016-17: Yes

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


Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy

Spring Bilingual Montessori logo3514 Plyers Mill Rd
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 962-7262

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori and Foreign Language
  • Secular
  • Language offerings: Spanish, Italian, French

Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy (SBMA) seeks to create a learning environment in which the student is encouraged to explore his 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 the SBMA environment and that of other Montessori institutions lies in the parallel instruction of foreign language to all facets of the learning process.

The goal of the teacher in this process is to prepare a structured environment in which the child has access to information and activities which promote positive learning. At SBMA, learning the language of another culture is as natural as are the stimuli used to write, to count, to associate names with places and animals, and to develop sensory awareness and practical life skills.

The advantages of this added understanding go beyond the simple acquisition of a second vocabulary. SBMA believes that to know something of the spoken and written language of another group of people is akin to being acquainted with them. Language enables us to penetrate into another culture’s philosophy, folklore, literature and music.

Class offerings:

The Nest Program (Ages 2&3 Years) 5 Days/Week
Half-Day plus Lunch 9:00-12:30
Full Day 9:00-3:15

Primary Montessori Programs (Ages 3-6 Years) 5 Days/Week
Half-Day (Any Age) 8:30-11:45
Half-Day Plus Lunch (Any Age) 8:30-12:30
Full Day Plus Nap (3-4 Years old) 8:30-3:00
Full Day (4-6 Years Old) 8:30-3:00

Enrichment offerings: We offer after-school weekly enrichment activities Deilab, Kids Fitness, Soccer, and Yoga

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old


Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School

glenbrook coop logo10010 Fernwood Road
Bethesda, MD  20817
(301) 365-3190

  • Schedule: Part-time/half-day with option for lunch or afternoon enrichment
  • Parent co-operative
  • Secular curriculum

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 of Democracy Boulevard and Fernwood Road, inside the Bethesda United Church of Christ. (Glenbrook is not church-affiliated.) Through the efforts of dedicated parents and staff, Glenbrook has been part of the community fabric of Bethesda since 1942.

Class offerings:

2-Day 2s: Th/F; 9:30-12
3-Day 3s: M/T/W; 9:30-12:30
4-Day 3s: M/T/W/Th; 9:30-12:30
5-Day 4s: M-F; 9:30-12:30
Optional Lunch Bunch: T, Th; 12:30-2:30 (For 4s Only)

Enrichment offerings: Music class weekly; Jump Bunch twice a month; Brit-Am soccer class (extra fee)

Openings for 2016-17:  Yes (4-Day 3s and 5-Day 4s)
Openings for 2017-18:  Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Age 2 by September 1

Early Childhood School at BSO

Early Childhood School at BSO logo18401 Burtfield Drive
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 570-0699

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with options for early drop off, lunch or afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: play-based, developmentally appropriate, constructivist/emergent curriculum
  • Religious curriculum: Jewish
  • Language offerings: Hebrew (occasional)

See our website for the 2017 Summer Camp offering!

The mission of the Early Childhood School at BSO is to experience learning through meaningful play. What may appear as “just play” is constructive work for young children beginning to gather meaning from their environment. Young children learn by manipulating, questioning, creating, observing, exploring, experimenting, interacting, and by using their senses. We provide both formal and informal experiences throughout each day that promotes this type of learning. As a Jewish school, important components of our program include celebrating Shabbat and holidays, teaching Jewish values and customs, and a love for Israel. Children of all backgrounds are welcomed into our school, and we strive to ensure that all families find the ECS to be a comfortable “second home.”

Registration and tuition information available on our website.

Class offerings:

Toddler & Me, 1x/week, 8-week sessions, 9:30am-11:00am, 14 mo-2yrs
2s & 3s – M/W/F or M-F
4/5s – M-F
Core Day: 9:30am-1pm
Early Arrival: 7am-9:30am or 8:30am-9:30am
Nap/Enrichment: 1pm-3pm
Late Stay: 3pm-6pm

Enrichment offerings: weekly music, yoga, cooking, Hebrew, karate, art, etc

Openings for 2016-17: Yes
Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years


Feynman School

Feynman School logo6300 Tilden Lane
Feynman School
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 770-4370

  • Schedule:Full-time or part-time/half-day with late pickup option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Gifted and Talented STEM-focus
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

Feynman School celebrates the wonder of learning. We help exceptional young minds grow into tomorrow’s outstanding leaders, thinkers and creators. Our well-founded approach brings together the three elements at the heart of that transformation:

Discovery – We use science as a tool of exploration and explanation. To us, science isn’t a class in school; it’s a way to see the world and the core of a curriculum that runs the gamut from math and language to art and music.

Diversity -We introduce bilingual education to open the gates of global experience. Here, bilingualism means more than learning another language. It means appreciating another culture and preparing for life in the worldwide community. Coeducational and nonsectarian, Feynman School seeks to identify, admit and enroll the most promising young learners regardless of ethnicity, race, religion or socioeconomic background.

Development – We understand that gifted children are children. Along with the thrill of a challenge, they need the nurturing and guidance to develop the self-awareness, self-confidence, curiosity, creativity and caring to make the most of their natural gifts.

At Feynman, we educate the whole child. All our students have a chance to find their voice, discover their passions and revel in learning and exploration.

Enrichment offerings:  Art, Music, PE, Drama

Class offerings:

3 – 5 year olds, Monday – Friday
Full and half-day preschool program, full day pre-K program
before and after care options available
September through June

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old

Concord Hill School

Concord Hill Photo6050 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 654-2626

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with lunch or afternoon enrichment options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We educate the whole child – promoting intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and character development during the formative early childhood years.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Concord Hill is a coeducational school for children age 3 to grade 3, focusing on the early childhood years. We are small with one class per grade level and each class has two co-teachers. Our specialty classes include art, library, music, physical education, science, and Spanish and we also have a resource teacher for both math and reading and a brand new makerspace. Our five core values – knowledge, character, respect, play, and community – are the essence of a Concord Hill School education and guide our dynamic and social curriculum.

We have an Open House on Sunday, October 16 from 2:00-4:00pm at the school and welcome all prospective parents. The Head of School, some of our teachers, and some of our current parents will be there to visit with you and tell you all about our exceptional early childhood program. If you think we are a good match, please schedule a parent visit by contacting Susan Arzt, Director of Admission & Financial Aid at 301-654-2626 or If you are unable to attend the Open House, please contact us to schedule your parent visit. This parent visit is the official start of our admission process.

Enrichment offerings:  Art, Library, Makerspace, Music, Physical Education, Science, Spanish

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 3 by Sept 1 and 4 by Sept 1


Kensington Cooperative Nursery School

knslogo3202 Decatur Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 933-0041

  • Class schedule: Part time with Lunch or afternoon enrichment optionknswebsite_treelogo
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: KNS is a play based school, where children and parents grow together through play.
  • Secular curriculum

Kensington Nursery School is a cooperative preschool that has been serving the community of Kensington and the surrounding areas since 1939.   The 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 and as an individual. Children are able to expand their appreciation of their community.

Class offerings:

A.M. 2s: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.
A.M.3s: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:15 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
A.M. 4s: Monday through Friday, 9:15 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
P.M. 2/3s: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
P.M. 3/4s: Monday through Thursday, 12:15 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Child must be 2 years old by the start of the school year.

The Harbor School

The Harbor School Logo7701 Bradley Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 365-1100

  • Schedule: Both full and part time with option for lunch/afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Inquiry-based curriculum, play-based preschool
  • Language offerings: Spanish, Greek, Sign Language (occasional)

The Harbor School’s dynamic academic program prepares students not only for the next level of education, but for life. The Harbor School’s research-based, hands-on program:

  • Uses a multi-sensory approach to meet curricular goals,
  • Teaches to the individual child’s learning style, not to the test,
  • Incorporates special programs with variety and frequency: Art, Music and Performing Arts, Physical Education, Library, and Spanish and
  • Utilizes multiple forms of assessment of each child’s progress.

Each of our classes has 12-14 students and is led by 2 experienced and nurturing teachers, allowing for individualized attention. Our students are known, nurtured, celebrated, and challenged to reach their greatest potential!

Class offerings:

Preschool 3s – M-F 9:00-12:00
Preschool 4s – half-day 9:00-12:00 or full-day 9:00-3:00
Lunch Bunch (extended day) is available from 12:00-3:00
Later Gators (extended day) is available until 5:30
Junior Kindergarten – M-Th 9:00-3:00/F 9:00-12:00

Enrichment offerings: Music and PE 2/week; PE and library 1x/week, after school enrichment classes offered as well

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: Preschool 3s must be 2.5 and potty-trained. Preschool 4s must turn 4 by early Fall

Silver Spring Day School

33 University Blvd
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 593-6581

  • Schedule: half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: SSDS is a parent-participatory school that develops the whole child through a play-based/social-emotional curriculum.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

The SSDS community shares the following priorities:

gain confidence, independence and take initiative
develop resilience and self-control
build positive relationships and social responsibility
cultivate creativity and critical thinking

share their talents with the school community
participate actively in the classroom
understand different facets of our children as they interact with others
acquire new strategies to support our children’s development

support SSDS in maintaining standards of excellence in teaching
model developmentally appropriate practices
exchange ideas and provide peer assistance in a collegial environment
participate in ongoing professional development

SSDS is a school evolving to meet the needs of the community.

Class offerings:

2s: T/Th, M/W/F, M-F 9:30-1:30
3s: M/W/F, Tu-F, and M-F 9:30-1:30
PreK: M-F 9:15-1:15 and 9:15-3:30
Before Care: 7:30-9:30
After Care: 1:15-5:30

Enrichment offerings: Studio Art, Drama, Music & Movement, Social/Emotional, and daily after-school enrichment classes

Openings for 2016-17: No
Openings for 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by December 31

Grace Episcopal Day School

Grace Episcopal Day School logo9411 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895
(240) 292-5237

  • Full-time or half-day/part-time with late pickup options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Our early childhood program follows a play-based and emergent curriculum
  • Religious curriculum: Episcopal
  • Language instruction: Spanish (occasional) for Kindergarten and up

Grace Episcopal Day School serves students from Preschool (age 3) through Grade 5. Our rich and challenging curriculum provides a thorough foundation in fundamental academic skills, and our students develop a deep appreciation for music, art, literature, science, athletics, and language.

Entering its 57th year, Grace Episcopal Day School has a deep commitment to academic excellence, diversity of thought, inclusion, and creativity. Our 11-acre campus in Kensington, MD provides opportunities to delight in nature, with a nature trail, a playing field, playgrounds, and hundreds of trees a few steps from the school building.

Class offerings:

Enrichment offerings: We offer music, art, science, library, and PE; reading and math specialists; and an after-school enrichment program

Openings this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 3 for Preschool; we welcome children who turn 3 before December (but after Sept. 1) as “rolling threes”


Takoma Children’s School

6925 Willow Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 726-9220

  • Schedule: Full-day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We are a progressive, play-based school influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
  • Secular curriculum

Takoma Children’s School is a play-based program nestled in Takoma Park and is very much a part of the Takoma Park community. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, believing that our children come to us as capable, confident learners.   As teachers, we seek to be co-creators of knowledge as we work together with children to investigate topics of interest to the whole class or a subset of children. Based on this spirit of inquiry, no year is the same as the one that came before, since the various projects the class investigates throughout any year is driven by the children. Language, pre-literacy, social/emotional learning, the basics of mathematics and science inquiry are all embedded in the children’s daily experiences as they learn through play.   We have a large playground and all classrooms are outside twice/day. With three classrooms and about 50 children enrolled, we are “just the right size.”   Our lead teachers all have at least a B.A.; many of our teachers do, too. Our teachers focus on developing strong relationships with the children in their classroom as well as providing educational experiences.   Come visit us, we are pretty special!

Applications due February 28, decisions made in mid-March for school year starting in Fall 2017.

Class offerings:

Bluebirds (4 teachers, 10 children) – 2’s/3’s room
Stars (3 teachers, 16 children) – 3’s/4’s room
Rainbows (3 teachers, 20 children) – 4’s/5’s room.

Enrichment offerings: weekly yoga and music

Openings for 2016-17: No
Openings for 2017-18: No

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by September 1 the year of enrollment

Jamon Montessori Day School

52 Randolph Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 384-3131

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with late pickup option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language instruction: Spanish

Jamon Montessori Day School is located in the Colesville section of Silver Spring, Maryland. We are an international community and our population represents children from all over the world. We pride ourselves in our S.T.E.M. program and have seen the benefits of that emphasis, as many of our older alumni have gone on to pursue occupations in the science   field. Community service is also a major part of our program.

Supported by The Jamon Education Foundation, our school is the main supporter for Logan’s Run, a one walk, family fun run and a USATF sanctioned 5K Run, scheduled for April 29th 2017.   Our S.T.E.M. Fair and Health and Wellness Village(post-race festivities) also provide our students and the community S.T.E.M. (Science.Technology.Engineering. Mathematics) healthy living education.

A caring staff, Academic Excellence, Strong Community Service, Spanish Immersion, S.T.E.M., Music, Dance and More!

Jamon Montessori Day School is a community that believes that Little, by little, by little; we can make a lot (of a difference in making our world a better place).

Please contact us to schedule a tour!

Class offerings:

2 years through 2nd grade

Enrichment offerings: S.T.E.M., dance, percussion soccer

Openings for 2016-17: Please inquire
Openings for 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Students must be at least 2 years old at the time of enrollment.

Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School

Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School Logo 1001 Twinbrook Pkwy
Rockville, MD 20851
(301) 424-7370

  • 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 curriculum

reubentrucksAt Aspen Hill Cooperative Nursery School, care-givers 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 Administration.

We also offer a Parent Helper Program for our members. It is a nursery designed to provide babysitting for the younger, non-enrolled children of co-oping parents while the parents are assisting in the classroom.

Class offerings: All classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

2 year old classes: M/W or Tu/Th
3 year old classes: M/W/F or Tu/Th
4 year old classes: M/W/F or M/Tu/W/Th

Enrichment offerings: Mini-movers once a week, occasional optional lunch bunch (cooking, Spanish, science) activities for the 3 and 4 year olds

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by Sept 1st of that year

Audubon Nature Preschool

Audubon Nature Preschool

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 652-9188

  • Half-day with lunch or afternoon enrichment options
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Hands-on, nature-based, whole-child emergent curriculum
  • Secular
  • Language instruction: ASL and Spanish (occasional)

Our goal at the Audubon Nature Preschool is to facilitate the development of academic, social and physical skills through interactions with the natural world. 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 about the world by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical, and academic skill development. 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 our bird blind, looking under logs for creepy-crawlies, and using nets to explore the pond enrich a curriculum that integrates science, math, literacy, and the arts. Cooperative learning and social competence are developed through group and individual activities. We offer traditional drop-off programs as well as parent-child programs. There are programs for children aged 6 and younger.

Class offerings:

Parent-child programs:
Acorns – Thursday morning all outdoor program for children 4 and younger
Sprouts – Friday morning preschool program for 2-3.5 year olds

Traditional drop-off programs:
Saplings – Half-day AM or PM drop off class for 3-5 year olds
Oaks – Forest kindergarten for 4-6 year olds

Enrichment offerings: Specials each day: naturalist visits, mindfulness and yoga, all outdoor days

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 for parent-child programs, 3 for drop-off programs

4 Corners Community Nursery

4 Corners Community Nursery801 University Blvd W
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 681-9520

  • Schedule: Half-day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: play-based
  • Secular

4CCN offers much more to your child than “just play.” It gives him a chance to spend time in a physical environment that is scaled to and planned for him, and where there are a minimum of negative regulations about what he cannot touch or do. At 4CCN he will enjoy a wide variety of materials, which include, numerous age appropriate toys, books, music, and art.   He will also play with a number of children near his own age, and he will increase his awareness of the world by learning to understand the richness of things around him.

Class offerings: 2 year olds: MWF or TuTh; 3 year olds: MWF or TuTh or 5-day; 4 year olds: MWF or 5-day. Children must be 2, 3 or 4 by September 1st of the school year to enroll in class.

Openings for 2016-17: No
Openings for 2017-2018: Yes: openings still available in our T/Th 2s and 3s programs

Minimum enrollment age: Must be 2 by September 1st of current school year.


Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School logo16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
(301) 774-7455

  • Schedule: Full day with late pickup option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We are a college preparatory Quaker school for students age 3 through Grade 12
  • Secular curriculum; Religious affiliation: Quaker
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Our progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school for students age 3 through Grade 12 sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

Sandy Spring Friends School is a welcoming, inquiry-based learning community. A challenging academic curriculum, enriched arts program, inclusive athletics, and service opportunities promote intellectual excellence, collaboration, and strength of character. Recognizing the unique worth of each person, the School strives to challenge each student to reach their potential and develop individual talents.

Sandy Spring Friends School 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. We hope you will join our thriving community of scholars, performers, athletes, artists, thinkers, and doers.

Class offerings:

Enrichment offerings: Themed monthly after school activities, student government

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Students must turn 3 by September 1st.

German School Washington D.C.

Deutsche Schule Washington D.C.8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 767-3807

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with late pickup option
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Our preschool curriculum promotes the acquisition of social skills, such as independence, willingness to take responsibility, being a team-player, tolerance.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: German

Located in a quiet neighborhood in Potomac, MD, the German School Washington provides students with a unique international perspective by combining the best of both U.S. and German education. For children age 2 through 12thgrade 12, our school creates a unique, multicultural and multilingual experience within a warm and nurturing environment. The inquiry-driven and play-based approach is at the heart of our curriculum for 2 to 5 year olds. Children are encouraged to learn through questioning and exploration while enjoying plenty of outdoor play-time. As an international school community, we strive to be as flexible as possible in admitting children with varied language profiles. Children entering the preschool may come from any language background. Extended care is available for all students until 5:00 pm. Buses serve DC, MD, and NOVA. The German School is accredited by the German Ministry of Education and recognized by the Department of Education of the State of Maryland. Visit our Open Houses on November 4, 2016, and March 3, 2017, or call us to schedule a private tour.

Class offerings: Monday through Friday; morning program from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm; optional afternoon program until 3:00 pm; optional extended care until 5:00 pm

Enrichment offerings: music, weekly library visits, Zumba, P.E., arts & crafts, experiments

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years

Whole Kids Academy

Whole Kids Academy logo

6006 Executive Boulevard
Rockville MD 20852
(301) 571-4952
  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with late pickup option
  • Not a co-op
  • Curriculum: Language immersion, play-based, Creative Curriculum
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish

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 five years of age. We are a family-owned preschool and as parents of two young boys, we sought to build a well-balanced program which 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 in nourishing children’s young bodies with nutritious organic food, lots of sunshine, activity and exercise. We also believe there is a special window of opportunity to reach young children through music, language and technology, which is why they have each earned a prominent place in our everyday curriculum. Above all, our goal is to provide the perfect balance of education and fun through creative play and interactive projects to instill a lifelong love of learning in each child that walks through our doors.

Class offerings: As we expand to a new space on January 3rd, 2017, we have over 25 enrollment opportunities for 2017!

We will also be opening a brand new bi-lingual Kindergarten Class in the Fall of 2017!

Enrichment offerings: Weekly music lessons, Yoga, Soccer, etc

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 8 weeks