South Montgomery County Preschool Directory

This directory includes a variety of schools serving families across southern Montgomery County, Maryland. All information below applies to the 2019–2020 school year.

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Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center

10101 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 942-2000

  • Schedule: Both full- and half-day with options for early drop-off and late pick-up
  • Not a Co-op
  • Curriculum: Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood learning and the progressive values of Temple Emanuel
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish

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 Emanuel. Our program reflects our belief that children possess a natural capacity for joy and wonder. Our image of the child is that they are capable and competent learners. We create an enriching environment, giving our children vast opportunities to interweave cognitive and creative ways of thinking and learning. 

We invite you to join our community and to explore, discover, and create.

Class offerings: Ages 2–5.

  • Full day contract (7:30 AM to 6:00 PM)
  • Part day contract (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
  • Our school is open from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM, year-round.

Openings this school year: please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old

St. Jude Regional Catholic School

4820 Walbridge Street
Rockville, MD 20853

  • Schedule: Full-day with options for early drop off and late pick up
  • Not a Co-op
  • Curriculum: Archdiocese of Washington Curriculum standards
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic
  • Language offerings:

St. Jude 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: PreK 3 and PreK 4 Full day 8:30 am – 2:45 pm

Enrichment offerings: Music classes weekly.  Lessons in guitar, violin, and piano. 

Openings this school year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: The child must be 3(three) by September 1st.

Rockville Day Care Association, Inc.

Bel Pre Location

13801 Rippling Brook Drive
Silver Spring MD 20906
(301) 871-0159

Sargent Shriver Location

12518 Greenly Street
Silver Spring MD 20906
(301) 933-1785

Woodlin Location

2103 Luzerne Avenue
Silver Spring MD 20910
(301) 608-9693

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

Bel Pre CDC, Sargent Shriver CDC and Woodlin CDC are located in the Silver Spring area and are part of Rockville Day Care Association, Inc.  RDCA is a private, non-profit Maryland corporation whose primary purpose is to offer quality child development programs to children of working parents in Montgomery County.  RDCA centers are licensed through MSDE Office of Child Care and accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education. The various types of programs that we operate include: toddler, twos, preschool, before and after school programs and summer programs for all age groups. Ours hours of operation are 7:00am – 6:30pm, Monday – Friday. Each center is unique as we have taken an innovative approach in designing programs that meet the neighborhoods we serve. RDCA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, membership on the board is open to all parents.

Class offerings:

M-F 7:00-6:30Pm

Enrichment offerings: There are monthly field trips during the school year and weekly swimming during the summer program.

Openings this school year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Sargent Shriver 18months-6yrs; Bel Pre 2yrs-5yrs; Woodlin 2yrs-12yrs

St. John’s Christian Preschool

4629 Aspen Hill Rd
Rockville, MD 20853
(301) 946-4977

  • Schedule: Half-day
  • Not a parent Co-op
  • Curriculum: Our curriculum is designed to promote social and emotional growth with an emphasis on the development of positive self esteem.
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Language offerings:

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 Pastor.  At St. John’s Christian Preschool, children learn that they are A CHILD OF GOD!

Class offerings:

  • 5 day 4’s Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm
  • 3 day 4’s M/W/F 9am to 1 pm
  • 3 day 3’s M/W/F 9am to 1 pm
  • 2 day 3’s T/Th 9am to 1pm
  • 2 day 2’s T/Th 9am to 12pm
  • 2 day 2’s W/F 9am to 12pm

Enrichment offerings: Weekly Music with Music teacher and weekly Chapel with Pastor.

Openings this school year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: The child needs to be of the class age by Sept. 1st.

Bethesda Reggio Bilingual Preschool

8008 Newdale Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

  • 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 age 5.  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 which 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, twos, and young three 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 am to 6 pm, M-F

Enrichment offerings: After school Spanish enrichment

Openings this school year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: We enroll starting at 18 months, no birthdate cut-off

Arco Iris Somos

4105 Jones Bridge Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 913-9400

  • Schedule: Both Full and Half-day with options for early drop-off and late pick-up
  • Not a parent Co-op
  • Curriculum: Spanish immersion
  • Secular
  • Language offerings:Spanish immersion

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 two through five. We offer full day and half-day programs with before and after care 10 months of the year.

Class offerings:

Ages 2 to 5 half day ( 9am -12:30pm) or full day ( 9am – 3:30pm) programs

Ages  3 to 7 enrichment programs on weekdays from 4:45pm – 6pm and Saturdays from 9:30 – 12:30.

Enrichment offerings: We offer afternoon and Saturday Spanish enrichment programs

Openings this school year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old

St. Andrew Apostle School

11602 Kemp Mill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 649-3555

  • Schedule: Full and Part-time with options for early drop-off and late pick-up
  • Not a parent Co-op
  • Curriculum: St. Andrew Apostle Catholic School is dedicated to educating the whole child in a nurturing and challenging environment in partnership
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic
  • Language offerings: Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten weekly Spanish


St. Andrew Apostle Early Learning Center is a full day, year-round, educational program for infants starting at 6 weeks of age through 3 years old.

The Early Learning Center is dedicated to teaching the entire child: mind, body, and soul. The staff utilizes Creative Curriculum and High Reach Learning System in conjunction with spiritual foundation lessons. Educational principles in a play-based learning environment.  For more information please contact Shelley Parker 301-287-8188.

Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten

St. Andrew Apostle Catholic School is dedicated to educating the whole child in a nurturing and challenging environment in partnership with parents and the parish community. Our faculty and staff provide students with opportunities to develop spiritually, intellectually, and morally, enlightened by the teachings of Christ. We strive to inspire our students to live with faith and integrity, to appreciate human dignity and diversity, and to share their unique gifts and talents in service to others.

Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten begins at 8:00 am Monday through Friday. The half-day program ends at 11:30 am. The full-day program ends at 3:00 pm which coincides with our Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

ELC Year-Round Infant Care 6 Weeks to 3 Years Old

Operates 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Class offerings:

  • Preschool Program (Two through five days a week – ½ day or full day options)
  • Prekindergarten (Five ½ days or five full day options)

Enrichment offerings: Preschool and Prekindergarten attend Music, P.E., Spanish, Library and afternoon Enrichment on a weekly basis.

Openings this school year: No

Minimum enrollment age: Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2019.

CCUMC Preschool

7001 Connecticut Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 652-7660

  • Schedule: Half-day with options for early drop-off and afternoon enrichment
  • 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

At 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 create warm connections for our parents.

Morning classes from 9am-12noon rich with music, movement, outdoor play, imaginative self-expression and kindergarten readiness activities. Afternoon enrichment classes offered daily until 2:30pm featuring: Spanish and French Immersion, cooking, art, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, yoga, nature and gardening and story telling. Early morning drop-off class beginning at 8:30 am.

School Tours: Nov 8, Dec 5, Jan 10, Jan 18, Feb 20 – 9:30am-11:am

Class offerings:

  • Morning classes from 9am-12Noon
  • 2s – Two, Three and Five day options
  • 3s – Three or Five day options
  • Pre-K – Five days
  • Daily afternoon enrichment classes offered until 2:30pm.

Enrichment offerings: Weekly music, movement and foreign language enrichment. Weekly STEM afternoons.

Openings this school year: please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Must turn 2 before August 31 for full year classes.  January start for children who turn 2 between September-December.

Bethesda Preparatory School

5910 Goldsboro Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 642-1140

  • Full and Part time with options for early drop-off and late pick-up
  • Not a parent Co-op
  • Curriculum: We follow Creative Curriculum and our educational philosophy is learning through play
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Language offerings: weekly Spanish

The Community of Bethesda has embraced Bethesda Prep with open arms because of the principles we uphold in our educational services for ages 2 to 5. We have carefully crafted an environment in which children are equipped for a successful future through our academic, social and spiritual programming. Our staff is encouraging, nurturing and are experts in the field. The Bethesda Prep environment incorporates structure and consistency. We encourage positive reinforcement and redirection in the classroom. We want to empower each child with the confidence to make good choices and self-regulate.  We understand that placing your child in our care is the ultimate level of trust. We ensure that the Bethesda Prep team will care for your child and family as our own. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it, we invite you to tour and check us out today!

Class offerings:

Full time M-F, MWF, or T/TH 7-6

Part time M-F, MWF, or T/TH 7-1

Openings 2018-19: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old

Language and Academically Rich Center (LARC)

5000 14th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 722-5555

  • Full Day with options for early drop-off and late pick-up
  • Not a parent Co-op
  • Curriculum: Our hands-on curriculum includes lessons from Lively Letters, Stern Math, Bringing Words to Life, We Thinkers and Let’s Dig In! to name a few
  • Secular curriculum

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 7:30am – 6pm

Opening for 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 4 years old

Crossway Montessori

3015 Upton Dr
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 929-2505

  • Full time or half day/part-time with options for early drop off, afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori from Nido to Primary
  • Secular curriculum
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/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 together to maintain their community. Within an environment that intentionally balances freedom and responsibility, children learn to recognize the needs of others while also developing life-long skills of persistence, critical thinking, and independence.

Class offerings:

Half Day (3 day and 5 day option) 8:30am-12:15pm
Full Day (3 day and 5 day option) 8:30am-3:00pm
Before School 7:30am-8:30am
After School 3:00pm-6:00pm

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 3 months

Sidwell Friends

3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington,MD 20016
(202) 537-8111

Lower School location: 5100 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD
Lower School Program:

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

Founded in 1883, Sidwell Friends School (SFS) is a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school with campuses in Washington, D.C. (Grades 5-12), and Bethesda, Maryland (Grades PK-4). Sidwell 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.

Sidwell Friends School 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 active engagement in environmental stewardship, global citizenship, and service. We find strength in reflection and shared silence. At the heart of each endeavor, we strive to discern deeper truths about ourselves and our common humanity, preparing students and adults “to let their lives speak.”

 Class offerings (lower school):

Full day/5 day program.  M, W, Th, F – 8:30 am – 3:15 pm, Tuesdays – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
After care until 6:00 pm

Openings for 2017-18: No

Minimum enrollment age: Age 4 by September 1. Entry grades: PK, K, 3rd, 4th

Stone Ridge

9101 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-4322

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

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 three-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 in Bethesda, Maryland, three and a half miles from Northwest Washington, DC.

Class offerings:

M-F 8:00-3:00.
We follow the school year calendar, and we offer extended daycare after school hours.

Enrichment offerings: Music and movement, Art, and French

Openings for 2018-19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Children must be 3 by September 1 for our Preschool

SSPC Children’s Center

SSPC Children's Center logo580 University Blvd. E
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 439-2942

  • Full time or half day/part-time with options for early drop-off, afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Investigator Club  – Just for Three’s  (for our 3/4’s class )and Prekindergarten Curriculum (for our 4/5’s PreK class)
  • Secular curriculum

Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Children’s Center (SSPC CC )is an 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.


It’s says it all in our Mission Statement: The Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Children’s Center (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…

Enable each of our children to grow and flourish emotionally and intellectually at their own individual rate within the Center’s social community

-Preparing our children to be fully ready to learn upon entrance to school

-Developing the whole child and provide support for the family

-Nourishing the intelligence and growth of all children under our care and supervision

-Respecting individual uniqueness and foster positive social connections

-Work in a spirit of partnership with all of the families, recognizing parents as the children’s first teacher and primary nurturer

Simply put, we care about each individual child and their family at SSPC CC!

Enrichment offerings: Abrakadoodle Art education classes, Jumpbunch physical fitness classes, and Lauren Williams’ Music and Movement Classes

Class offerings:

Part-day 9 am-1:30 pm
Full- day 7 am – 6 pm

Openings for 2018-19: Please inquire

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


Clara Barton Center for Children

Clara Barton Center for Children logo7425 MacArthur Boulevard
Cabin John, MD 20818
(301) 320-4565

  • Full day or half day/part time with options for early drop off, late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: two-year olds–Healthy Beginnings; 3-5 year olds–Creative Curriculum 5th Edition
  • Secular curriculum

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 the 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 two to five years of age. We are accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education, and hold a MD EXCELS Level 5 Rating. There are currently 71 children enrolled in our center. We value: a curriculum that emerges from the needs and interests of children and teachers; parents as partners in documenting children’s learning; diversity in cultural background, learning styles, and expressed opinions; a sense of community in the classroom, in the staff room, and in our neighborhood; active participation of staff and parents in center-wide decisions; continuity and stability in relationships between children and their teachers; openness and directness in interpersonal relations at every level of the organization; and respect for oneself and for others; and respect for the environment inside and outside of the classroom.
Financial assistance is available, and we accept County and State Child Care Subsidy Vouchers.

Class offerings:

We offer the choice of 3, 4 or 5 days a week (Pre-K classes must attend 5 days).
Early drop-off is at 7:30 am, with the pre-school program starting at 8:00 am.
We offer three different dismissal times- 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm or after care which is open until 6:00 pm.

Enrichment offerings: Weekly yoga/movement; Weekly music classes

Openings for 2017-18: No

Minimum enrollment age: Two years old by August 31

Holy Cross School

4900 Strathmore Ave
Garrett Park, MD 20896
(301) 949-1699

  • Full time or half day/part time with options for early drop off and late pick-up (after fulld day), and  afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Holy Cross offers a play-based, hands-on learning curriculum enriched with literacy and mathematics.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic

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:

PreK 4: Full and half day

PreK 3: 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 by August 31 for PreK 3 and must be 4 by August 31 for PreK 4.

Kreative Kids Learning Center

Kreative Kids logo14500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
(301) 598-5432

  • Full day or half day/part-time with options for early drop off, afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Kreative Kidz uses an MSDE approved cirriculum, The Investigator Club, which aligns with the Common Core Cirriculum
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: basic Spanish and ASL

Kreative Kidz has specialized Preschool and Pre-K programs for children ages 2-5. We offer Full-Time and Part-Time schedules, and we are open year round. Our program also offers Preschool and Pre-K Summer Camp options, as well. To schedule a tour, please contact us at 301-598-5432 or visit our website at

Class offerings:

M-F 6:30am-5:30pm
M,W,F 6:30am-5:30pm
T,TH 6:30am-5:30pm
Extended Care is available (at an additional cost) for all Preschool schedules from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Enrichment offerings: Soccer Shots (instructional soccer) , both Fall and Spring sessions.

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: ages 2-12

Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning

Kids Adventures Academy logoMultiple locations (see below)

Kids Adventures Academy at Takoma Park ES
7511 Holly Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Kids Adventures Academy at Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Persimmon Tree Academy for Early Learning
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817

Wayside Academy for Early Learning
10011 Glen Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
(240) 204-0060

Wheaton Woods Academy for Early Learning
4501 Faroe Place, Rockville, MD 20853
(240) 204-0051

  • Schedule: Full day or half day with options for early drop off, late pick up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: The Creative Curriculum
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: weekly Spanish

Kids Adventures Academy for Early Learning is a leader in early childhood education, inspiring limitless potential in every child. It is an environment centered on developing kindness, self-worth, diversity, respect for others, and a dynamic learning experience. Our focus is to provide a stimulating and engaging atmosphere with caring, competent, and well-trained educators. Our program serves children and families from diverse backgrounds and abilities, and provides them with a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate preschool experience. We offer special enrichments such as soccer, yoga, music, and Spanish that are included in the program! We also offer an online program that allows you to receive live updates of your child’s day! Stay connected to your child all day by joining KAA!

Class offerings: Each of Kids Adventures Academy’s schools have different scheduling options that work best for that community!

Enrichment offerings: Bi-Weekly yoga, soccer, music, spanish, and more!

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 6 weeks, some locations 1 or 2 years

St. Luke’s Christian Day School

9100 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-3866

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

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: two, three and Pre-K. The school year runs nine months, September through May. Children may enter the school at any age level on a space available basis.

Class offerings:

2s: M/W or T/TH 9:15am-11:45am
3s: M/W/F or T/TH 9:30am-12:30pm
Pre-K: M/W/F or M-TH or M-F 9:00am-1:00pm

Enrichment offerings: weekly music, chapel and science sessions

Openings for 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by Sept 1

Cedar Lane Nursery School

9601 Cedar Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 564-1680

  • Schedule: Half day with option for afternoon enrichment
  • This school is a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: CLNS is a play-based, NAEYC accredited preschool.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language instruction: Chinese every other week

Cedar Lane Nursery School is a play-based cooperative preschool located in the beautiful wooded grounds near Rock Creek Park in Kensington. 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 to make the best possible first school experience for our children.

Class offerings:

2’s class: Tu/Th 9:30-12 pm
2/3’s class: Tu/Fri 9:15-12:15
3’s class: M/W/Th 9:30-12:15
4/5’s class: M-F 9:15-12:15

Enrichment offerings: Music every other week, Chinese classes every other week

Openings for 2017-18: No

Minimum enrollment age: 2 by Sept 1

Washington Waldorf School

4800 Sangamore Road
Bethesda, MD 2o816
(301) 229-6107

  • Schedule: Full day or half day with options for early drop off and late pick-up
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • WWS follows the Waldorf or Steiner philosophy which is a home-like, developmentally appropriate, play-based program in PK and K.
  • Secular curriculum: We value a spiritual life but are not a religious school.
  • Language offerings: Spanish exposure in PK/K. Spanish & German grades.

Washington Waldorf School – 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 nature. The beautiful language of our puppet plays, songs, and stories told by heart, begin the foundation for a love of language that is at the heart of true literacy. Creative imaginative play, organized and directed by the children themselves, builds strong social skills and executive functioning which is vital to future academic success. Active play supports the developments a healthy physical body and builds capacities and confidence through movement.

WWS offers an integrative curriculum and innovative instructional method which provides a unique, developmentally appropriate education, delivered by professional, experienced, and loving teachers in a warm and welcoming community.

Class offerings:

Parent Child classes, Fall/Spring sessions, Infants to 3s

Seedlings, 2s: Th/F, 9:00 – 12:00
Nursery, 3s: M/T/W, 8:30 – 12:30
Songbirds & Sunflowers Mixed-age PK/K, 3s-6s, M-F, 8:30-12:30 or 8:30 to 3:00
Waldorf in the Woods Outdoor Mixed-age PK/K, 4s-6s, M-F, 8:30-12:30 or 8:30 to 3:00

openings for 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Infants (with parents) for Parent Child Classes. Two by 9/1 drop-off class.

Gates of Discovery

preschool children pouring water into cups16620 Georgia Avenue
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 593-3410

  • Schedule: Full day or half day with options for early drop-off, afternoon enrichment, late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We are a Reggio-inspired, nature-focused program
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish

At Gates of Discovery; The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila, we believe that meaningful learning happens in a place where cognition meets the imagination, emotion, creativity, and aesthetics. Children interact with their world in an unswerving way, and their encounters are characterized by dialogues, critique, comparison, negotiating, hypothesizing, and problem-solving.

As we believe that in any learning moment both the teachers and the children are researchers, and each of them is a learner and a teacher, we start our learning with the adults posing and debating different research possibilities. When we have explored possible venues, we offer our children varied learning opportunities. With any invitation, teachers observe and listen to their students. They ask questions and record the children’s theories and hypotheses. Together, sharing ideas and information, we explore the topic at hand.

Class offerings:

We are open from 7am-6pm daily. Families have an opportunity to construct their own schedule within this framework. Days per week and times per day are customizable.

  • 7-9: Early drop-off
  • 9-12:30 Core program, 2s
  • 12:30-2, 2s napping
  • 9-2: Core Program, 3s and 4s
  • 2-4: Napping, snack, play
  • 4-6: Aftercare

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old


Sugar Plums

6003 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 468-6003

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

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 teachers, children and families.

Sugar Plums believes in an environment that expands each child’s understanding of the world. The classrooms are set up in a comfortable design for the children to learn and grow each day. We believe in encouraging the development of a positive self-image for all students. Our curriculum is tailored to reflect the interests of children and offers opportunities for self-expression.

Sugar Plums is an inclusive setting where a broad range of abilities is accepted as natural and necessary to create a rich tapestry of diversity. We have a deep appreciation for each family’s culture and customs. Sugar Plums is about understanding all children, both their strengths and challenges. This is what makes each child special and able to learn in our safe and loving environment.

Class offerings:

Sugar Plum is opened to infants to 4 year olds, M-F from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Preschool schedule is the following: Music, art and creative play 3 x a day.

Enrichment offerings: Amazing Athletes every Wednesday. Music 4 Life every Thursday.

Minimum enrollment age: 6 weeks

Openings for 2017-18: Yes


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 Episcopal Preschool is a theme based academic program nurturing character and faith.
  • Religious affiliation: Christian

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

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old by September 30.


Early Childhood Center

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

  • Full-time or half-day/part-time with options for early drop off and 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.

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: Music and Movement; Yoga

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

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

Forcey Christian School

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

  • Full-time 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

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, center-based learning is used with the diverse student population. The Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum features rich language experiences, exploratory math and science activities along with social studies, art and music. Many special events make the curriculum come alive and give parents opportunities to participate –  a trip to the farm, teddy bear picnic, color days, Grandparent’s Day, bug day, 100th day, Dr. Seuss Day, school garden and hatching baby chicks. Children will experience purposeful play, hands-on small group activities, large group circle time and outdoor play.

Class offerings:

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

Enrichment offerings: Art and music specials

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 3 or 4 by September 1st/ may enroll anytime if available space


Holy Redeemer Catholic School

9715 Summit Ave
Kensington, MD 20895

  • 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

Founded in 1950, Holy Redeemer is a PreK-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:

Three Year Old Options:

  1. T/Th 8:20am-12:20pm
  2. M/W/F 8:20am-12:20pm
  3. M-F 8:20am-12:20pm
  4. M-F 8:20am-2:50pm

4 Year Old Options

  1.  M-F 8:00am-12:20pm
  2. M-F 8:00am-3:00pm

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old by September 1st

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  afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:Play-based emergent, creative curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Language offerings:Spanish lessons weekly for 3s and 4s classes

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:2 music programs, creative movement, and science

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 by September 1st


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, late pick up and afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: NCRC is a play based preschool.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Sign Language and Spanish

Founded in 1928, the National Child Research Center 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 advocate for all children and their families. NCRC is where your child will experience the wonderment of learning, the spark of creativity, the power of play, and the importance of friendship. As a parent, you too will discover the magic of NCRC.

Class offerings:

Bunny, Beehive, Sunshine, Rainbow Classes
AM Classes (5 Days): 8:30am – 11:30 am
PM Classes (5 Days): 12:40pm – 3:30pm

Explorer, Treetop Classes
5 day, Full day Programs: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Optional Programs:
Early Birds 8:00am – 8:30am
Lunch Bunch 11:45-12:30
Later Gators 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Your child must be 2 1/2 by September 15, 2018

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

Wonders logo5272 River Road
Suite 530
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 654-5339

  • Schedule: Full day with options for early drop off and late pick up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:Wonders’ programs are designed to nurture each child’s social and emotional development, guided by the Creative Curriculum.
  • Secular curriculum

Wonders Early Learning at Edgemoor and Wonders Early Learning at Leland are NAEYC accredited and Maryland Excels Level 4 early childhood programs that teach the foundations of lifelong learning and social responsibility. We support the interests of each child, helping children grow in social-emotional and cognitive skill development through hands-on experimentation with materials and concepts. Curriculum planning in all of our early childhood programs is guided by The Creative Curriculum, a comprehensive, research-based approach to teaching. We believe in using teaching methods that match the way children develop and learn.

Wonders is a nonprofit that has been serving the community for over 40 years at nine locations in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Northwest DC. To learn more about our programs, application process or Financial Assistance Fund, please visit For more information, please contact us at or give us a call 301-654-5339.

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 8 weeks

Learning Center for Young Children

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

  • Schedule: Half-day/part-time with optional extended day add-on
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum:Play-based
  • Secular curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian

The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC) believes in nurturing self-confidence in children by providing experiences which 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 learn the discipline of social interactions. The program provides a relaxed atmosphere of loving and caring in which children are encouraged to develop their own talents, uniqueness and self-esteem.

Class offerings:

Morning classes are held from 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM. All of our classes have an optional extended day add-on until 2:30 PM.

  • 2s: M/F, T/Th, and/or Wednesday
  • 3s: T/Th and/or MWF
  • 4s: MWF or MTWTF

Enrichment options: Music and Science 4 year old program

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: Ages 2-4 (no birthdate cut-off)

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 options for early drop off, late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We follow the Montessori Curriculum developed by Maria Montessori.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish immersion


The Rock Creek Montessori School is a five day per week program. The main goal of the program 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 focus on Language, Spanish, Mathematics, Practical Life, Sensorial, Science, Social Studies, Music, and Art.

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.

Class offerings:

We have Monday–Friday programs for ages 18mo – Kindergarten.
We have both half-day (9am-12pm) and full-day (9am-3pm) programs.
We have before care beginning at 7:45am and aftercare until 6pm.

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

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

  • Part-time/half-day with options for early drop off, afternoon enrichment, or 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

Silver Spring Nursery School is a part time, play-based, cooperative nursery school for children ages 2-5 years. Teachers and parents work together to provide a secure, relaxed atmosphere where each child can progress at his or her own pace. Our professional award-winning teachers, assisted by the parents, set the educational stage, guide the group unobtrusively and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness and freedom within carefully set limits. We offer a developmentally appropriate environment that is rich in possibilities for exploring, enhancing their curiosity, learning flexibility, understanding differences, learning problem solving, thinking creatively, making choices, and accepting responsibilities. In addition to co-oping in the classroom every other week, each family is involved in the administration of our school creating a community for all children to thrive.

Class offerings:

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

Early Morning Drop-off, Lunch Bunch, and Late Day Pick-up, weekly Theme class, and Toddler Time.

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

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

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

Garrett Park Nursery School

Garrett Park Nursery School logo4812 Oxford Street
Garrett Park, MD 20896
(301) 933-5254

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

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 child benefits from a more gradual separation from home and from the opportunity to interact closely with a variety of interested adults with different skills, talents and enthusiasms. Parents benefit from the opportunity to work under a teacher trained in early childhood education and to observe the ways in which other adults interact with young children in various situations. The classrooms are spacious and well equipped with materials to encourage the spontaneity and creativity of each child. Classrooms include: sand and water tables, easels and art supplies, housekeeping and dress-up areas, reading corner, science center, and a loft play area.  We also have a shady, fenced outdoor playground.

Class offerings:

  • 2s T/Th 9:15- 11:45 am
  • 3s M/W/F 9:15-11:45 am
  • 4s M-F 9:15-11:45 am
  • Extended Day for 3s and 4s 11:45-1:15 pm

Enrichment offerings: Music lessons

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 by September 1

Evergreen School

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

  • Full-time or half-day/part-time with option for early drop off, afternoon enrichment, late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We follow the Montessori Philosophy of Education.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish

Evergreen School is celebrating our 55th anniversary this year.  We are a traditional Montessori school serving children ages 2- third grade. 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. In addition, we offer before care, after care, enrichment and summer camps.

Class offerings:

We are a 5 day a week program with half day (8:30 to noon) and full day (8:30 to 3:00) options.
Our before care is 7:30 to 8:30 am.
After care is from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Enrichment offerings: All children have specials and outdoor play time each day. We offer seasonal enrichment programs as well as violin and piano lessons.

Openings for this 2018-19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years

Barrie Montessori

13500 Layhill Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20906
(301) 576-2839

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

Barrie’s Montessori classrooms are designed as a safe and secure environment for social and emotional learning which is taught, practiced and occurs spontaneously. Nurturing each child’s spirit is a sacred charge. As children walk in the door, they are welcomed warmly with respect and joy. Each child is someone who matters to the teacher. Teacher modeling of caring and compassion are tangible lessons transmitted to children

Our Toddler Program is designed to meet the needs of the ever inquisitive toddler. At this age, children learn best by doing. Our thoughtfully Prepared Environments allow for plenty of hands-on activities that introduce new concepts and allow ample time for independent practice. Areas of our curriculum encompass, Language, Sensorial, Practical Life, Math, Science and Culture. Art is a regular part of each day with various media available and ready for each child’s independent exploration.

Barrie Montessori’s Primary learning environments for three to six-year-olds (two in McDermott Hall and one in the Neubert Cottage on the upper campus) contain the curriculum areas typically found in a Montessori early childhood classroom: Practical Life; Sensorial; Art; Language ; a class library area, Cultural (including Biology, History, and Geography); Math, and Peace/Mindfulness.

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.

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

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

  • 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/stream trips, neighborhood exploration, and field trips to museums & parks are embedded into the curriculum.

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by September 1, 2018 to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year

Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery

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

  • Full-time or half-day/part-time with option for early drop off and afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:Waldorf
  • Secular curriculum

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 two and a half to six, with parent-child classes for infants, toddlers and two to three year olds.

Please join us for a tour and a mini-morning to learn about our school and programs – register on our website

Class schedule:

  • 2.5 year olds M/T/W 9:00-12:00
  • 3 year olds M/T/W 9:00-12:00
  • 3year olds M-F 9:00-3:00
  • 4-6 year olds M-F 9:00-12:00
  • 4-6 year olds M-F 9:00-3:00

Openings 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2.5 by September 1

The Woods Academy

Woods Academy logo6801 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 365-3080

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with options for Early Drop off, afternoon enrichment, Late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Religious curriculum: Catholic
  • Language offerings: Spanish and French
The Woods Academy Montessori Preschool’s inviting classrooms, experienced teachers, well-equipped playground enhanced by PE, art, music, and world language provide a joyful learning experience. AMS Accredited

Enrichment offerings: World Language, Art, Music, PE, Technology

Openings for 2018-19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old 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: InvestiGator Club and Creative Curriculum
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish (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 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; 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:Physical Fitness program weekly, Soccer, Language programs

Openings this year: Yes

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


Spring Knolls Cooperative Early Learning Center

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

  • Schedule: Part-time/half-day with option for afternoon enrichment
  • Both Parent co-op/non co-op options
  • Curriculum:Our educational philosophy is play based learning and follows the Creative Curriculum
  • Secular curriculumSpring 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.

Class offerings:

  • 2day2s: Thursday, Friday 9:10 -12:10
  • 3day2s: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:10 -12:10
  • 3s class: M-F 9:10 -12:10
  • PreK class: M-F 9:10 -12:10
  • 3s and PreK full day: M-F 9:10 -3:00
  • Afternoon Enrichment offered: M-F 12:10 -3:00

Enrichment offerings: cooking, STEM, nature explorers, art, music and gross motor activities

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age:Birthday cut-off for each class age group is September 1st


Rockville Presbyterian Cooperative Nursery School

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

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

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RPCNS is a secular, non-profit, cooperative preschool that emphasizes play-based leaning and parental involvement. Our unique model offers the parent the opportunity to be an active participant in their child’s first school experience. Our parent members work together with our professionally trained teachers to create a safe, nurturing environment for our children. Located in the heart of historic Rockville, RPCNS has been a fixture of the community for over 50 years. We offer morning only and full day options with a variety of levels of parent involvement.  We offer an on-site sibling nursery as well as before and aftercare.

Class offerings:

4s classes are Monday – Friday, 9:45-12:30
3s classes are M/W/F, 9:45-12:30
2s classes Tu/Thurs, 9:45 – 12:15 or Wed/Fri, 9:45-12:15
Optional Before Care starts at 9am.  Optional Aftercare available until 3pm.

Enrichment options: Science, Cooking, Art, Books Alive, Soccer, etc.

Openings for 2018-19: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Children must be the age of the class by Sept. 1st of the enrollment year.

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, afternoon enrichment, or late pick-up
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Montessori
  • Language offerings: 45minutes immersion in Spanish, French or Italian

Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy 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 our environment and that of other Montessori institutions lies in the parallel instruction of foreign language to all facets of the learning process. We believe that children learn best when they learn with others who are both similar and different from themselves.  It is with great pride, that we note that both our student population and our staff are diverse racially, socio-economically and geographically.

The advantages of 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.  Through this understanding, we can begin to bridge the unnatural barriers separating the world today. We wish to give our children the inspiration to create a better world tomorrow.

Class offerings:

Ages 2-6,

M-F, Half days + lunch 8:30am – 12:30pm

M-F, Full day 8:30-3:00pm

Enrichment offerings: After-school enrichments are offered on Tuesday – Thursday during Fall, Winter and Spring for 7 weeks each season

Openings for 2018-19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old at the start of the school year


Glenbrook Cooperative Nursery School

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

  • 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:

1-Day 2s: F 9:30-12
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 2017-18:  Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Age 2 by September 1

Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney

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, afternoon enrichment, and late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play-based, constructivist, developmentally appropriate
  • Religious curriculum: Jewish
  • Language offerings: Hebrew – weekly, and integrated

See our website for the 2017 Summer Camp offering!

The Early Childhood School at BSO is a warm and nurturing Jewish preschool open to all children. With flexible part and full time scheduling between 7am-6pm, enrichment programs that include soccer, karate, yoga, and more, and a play-based, developmentally appropriate approach, we provide a high quality care and education. Registration and tuition information available on our website.

Class offerings:

Twos & Threes: Three, four, or five days  9:30 AM-1:00 PM
Fours: Five days only 9:30 AM-1:00 PM

Early Arrival I 7:00am-9:30am
Eary Arrival II 8:30am-9:30am
Afternoon Programming/Nap 1:00pm-3:00pm
Late Stay 3:00pm-6:00pm

Enrichment offerings: Older students have opportunities for daily enrichment that rotates throughout the year. Examples include yoga, karate, etc

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Students can start when they turn 2 yrs old. Class placement based on age on September 1


Feynman School

Feynman School logo11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 770-4370

  • Schedule:Full and half day classes with early drop off  and late pickup option (after full day program)
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: accelerated, differentiated education without a ceiling for gifted students and strong social-emotional support for their unique needs.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish multiple times a week, Chinese enrichment

Feynman School is built on the principles of accelerated, differentiated education without a ceiling for gifted students along with strong social-emotional support for the unique needs of gifted children. All students in our school are gifted. We don’t offer gifted education as an enrichment or separate track from a separate curriculum; all we do is gifted education. Your children will learn alongside the peers that they naturally gravitate toward already in public school, and from teachers who have all been trained in gifted education, academic and social-emotional. All our educators attend professional development classes and conferences yearly. We will ensure your gifted learners meet their potential by providing the educational environment they deserve.

Feynman School believes gifted education starts early. Because we believe all gifted children deserve an education commensurate with their abilities, we take advanced learners starting at preschool and prepare them for success while cultivating a love of learning and school.

Give your children the gift of an education that matches their intellect and call us today.

Enrichment offerings: Chess, martial arts, Chinese, soccer, basketball, STEAM, robotics, with more added all the time

Class offerings:

  • Preschool Half Day: 8:45- 12:15
  • Preschool Full Day: 8:45 – 2:30
  • Pre-Kindergarten: 8:45 – 2:30
  • Kindergarten – Grade 4: 8:45 – 3:30
  • Grade 5 – Grade 8: 8:30 – 3:30

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: Children should be three by September 1 and potty trained

Concord Hill School

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

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

Concord Hill School 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 lead teachers.  In addition, we offer special subjects (art, library, music, PE, science, 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 dynamic and social curriculum.  If you are interested in starting the admission process, please contact Susan Arzt, Acting Head of School/Director of Admission & Financial Aid at 301-654-2626 or  Also, please visit our website at

Class offerings:

Three year old Class (3 years old by 9/1) 8:25-12:15 with option to stay until 3:00 (M,T,T,F) & 2:00 (W) and aftercare until 6:30

Four year old Class – (4 years old by 9/1) 8:25-3:00 (M,T,T,F) 8:25:2:00 (W) and aftercare until 6:30

Enrichment offerings: soccer, drama, chess, yoga, tae kwon do, and STEM with Lego in our Makerspace

Openings for 2018-2019: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 3 by Sept 1


Kensington Cooperative Nursery School

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

  • Class schedule: Part time with option for afternoon enrichment knswebsite_treelogo
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: play-based and includes developmentally appropriate and thematically based activities
  • Secular curriculum

Kensington Nursery School was the first cooperative nursery school in the Washington metropolitan area and was founded in 1939.

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

Daily experiences are structured to broaden the child’s understanding of the world. The wide variety of materials is used selectively to give children many opportunities for exploration. The atmosphere of the classroom encourages freedom of expression, while respecting the rights and feelings of others. Specially-trained teachers guide a thematically based program and work with cooperating parents to ensure that each child is attended to as part of a group and as an individual. Children are able to expand their appreciation of their community, the environment and the natural world.

Parent perspective is broadened through participation in the classroom and the Parent Education Program. Skills and insights learned at school can be used at home. Children value parents’ participation and they begin to learn the meaning of community involvement.

Class offerings:

  • AM 2’s T Th 9:00‒11:30am
  • Lunchtime 2/3’s T Th 11:45am‒2:15pm
  • AM 3’s M W F 9:00‒11:30am*
  • PM 3/4 M T W Th 12:00‒2:30pm
  • AM 4 M T W Th F 9:00‒11:30am*

*Extended Day Offered for AM3s and AM4s – M,W,F 11:30 – 2:00

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Child must be 2 by September 1st

Silver Spring Day School

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

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

Silver Spring Day School (SSDS) is a parent participatory preschool with over 150 children in classes designed for two-year-old to pre-kindergarten students. For over forty-five years, SSDS has remained steadfast in its belief that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning. Our program is designed to nurture and encourage children in all aspects of their development. Our play-based philosophy allows for just the right balance of challenge and fun. SSDS allows each child the opportunity to explore the world around them, build meaningful friendships, and make discoveries about themselves. This fosters a strong sense of independence and social awareness. We emphasize social-emotional skills like sharing, self-calming, and problem solving in our daily curriculum.  Our goal is to guide and engage children and help them become well-balanced, productive, life-long learners.

Class offerings:

PreK (4s) : Monday-Friday 9:15-1:15 and 9:15-3:30
Threes: 3-day (M/W/F), 4-day (T-F), or 5-day (M-F) 9:30-1:30
Twos: 2-day (T/Th), 3-day (M/W/F), or 5-day (M-F) 9:30-1:30 Rolling 2’s
Rolling Admission 2’s: 2-day (T/Th) 9:30-1:30

Before Care: 7:30-9:30
After Care: 1:15-5:30

Enrichment offerings: Monthly Art and Drama classes.  Twice monthly Music and Spanish classes

Openings for 2018-19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old

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
  • Early Drop off, Afternoon enrichment, Late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Emergent Curriculum — we use the principles of play-based learning to build on children’s curiosity
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal
  • Language instruction: Spanish beginning in Kindergarten

What does it look like when a school built to provide an excellent education to children from across Greater Washington lives its mission? And when that school cultivates each individual child’s capacity to feel, to wonder, to create, and to relate to others with empathy and kindness? The answer is Grace.

Our Early Childhood program weaves expertise in how children learn into our pedagogy from Preschool through Grade 1, protecting childhood and nurturing the curiosity that is the seed and spark of a lifelong love of learning. The hallmark of Early Childhood education at Grace, emergent curriculum grows units of learning from ideas that “emerge” from the students themselves. Emergent curriculum uses principles of play-based learning – imagining, pretending, observing, wondering, questioning – to build on children’s curiosity. With the facilitation of highly trained teachers, one child’s observation can lead to another’s question and grow into a unit on a topic such as space travel or robotics. In these units, students as young as three draw, tinker, build, research, sing, share, and dramatize.

Class offerings:

Preschool (3s): M-F 8:45-12:00 (half day) or 8:45-3:15 (full day)
Prekindergarten (4s): M-F 8:45-12:00 (half day) or 8:45-3:15 (full day)

Enrichment offerings: Weekly after school classes

Openings this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 by Sept. 1, 2018


Takoma Children’s School

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

  • Schedule: Full-day
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:Play-based and inspired by Reggio Emilia philosophy
  • Secular curriculum

Takoma Children’s School (TCS) is a progressive year-round preschool serving 2 to 5 year-old children and their families with part-time through full-day options.  We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and are strongly play-based in our approach to children’s learning.  Our school’s outstanding teachers and staff provide a nurturing, safe, and fun-filled environment that fosters creativity and a love of learning through play and exploration. We value each child’s unique needs and contributions, as we foster social, emotional, physical, and thinking skills that children will need and use throughout their lives. Our TCS family is committed to celebrating and reflecting the diversity of our community. We have a large, tree covered playground so being outside is important for our children, as they are outside morning and late afternoon, for at least an hour each time. We have a large sandbox, a few different climbing options, a playhouse for dramatic play, space to ride tricycles, and smaller spaces where children can be alone or with a few friends. Our playground is outfitted with many loose parts that children use for imaginative play. Each classroom gardens each year, growing gourds, tomatoes, flowers and more!

Class offerings:

  • 2’s/3’s:  3, 4, or 5 full days/week
  • 3’s/4’s:  3, 4, or 5 full days/week
  • 4’s/5’s:  5 full days/week
  • Our school is open 8am to 6pm – we do not offer half days, but children typically arrive between 8am and 9:30am and leave between 5pm and 5:45pm.

Enrichment offerings: weekly music and yoga classes for all classrooms as part of tuition; 3-5 yr olds may participate in violin lessons through Music Kids

Openings for 2018-19: please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 yrs old by Sept 1 of the year they enroll

Jamon Montessori Day School

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

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

The mission at Jamon Montessori Day School (JMDS) is to provide a quality education for children ages two through six 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!

Jamon Montessori Day School (JMDS) was established in 1995 by Lisa Miller, Head of School. The school was conveniently relocated to the Colesville section of Silver Spring, Maryland in 1996 and is proud to serve the Washington D.C. metropolitan community. JMDS is a school of international flavor that celebrates the cultural differences and similarities of the world.

Our curriculum includes the areas of practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, world studies, art expression, field trips and more. Children can also participate in Spanish, Art enrichment, percussion lessons and passion soccer.

The JMDS school community is a family made up of wonderful students, a nurturing staff and supportive families.

Class offerings:

2 years through 2nd grade

Enrichment offerings: S.T.E.M., Art, Spanish, Percussion, Soccer, Dance

Openings for 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age:  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 2018-19: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by Sept 1st

Audubon Nature Preschool

Audubon Nature Preschool

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

  • 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)

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: Please inquire

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 curriculum
  • Secular

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

Class offerings:

2 Year Olds MWF or T/Th  9:15 -12:15
3 year olds MWF or T/Th or 5-days 9:15-1:15
4 year olds MWF or 5-days 9:15-1:15

Program runs from September through end of May.

Enrichment Activities: 4CCN has monthly “In-House Field Trips” bringing community groups to us to teach the children about nature, music, and health & safety

Openings for 2018-2019: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must be 2 by September 1


Sandy Spring Friends School

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

  • Schedule: Full day with options for early drop off and late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:SSFS is dedicated to educating the whole child. We focus on each child’s growth academically, physically, socially, and spiritually.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Quaker
  • Language offerings: Weekly Spanish

At Sandy Spring Friends School, 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, reflect upon their learning, and put their learning into action – developing initiative and self-advocacy skills in the process.

“We seek daily to create an environment in which children can follow their curiosity into experimentation and engagement, applying their energy to full participation in collaborative learning, hands-on activities, and opportunities for academic enrichment.”

– Brenda Crawley, Head of the Lower School

Class offerings:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8-3:10
Wednesday – 8-2:10

Enrichment offerings: After school clubs

Openings for 2018-19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Children must be 3 years of age by October 1st to enroll in preschool Age 3

German International School Washington D.C.

8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 767-3846

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

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 & gross motor skills. Our goal is to help children become strong, competent, and self-confident. We follow a German preschool curriculum model which 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 it.  Children develop learning strategies and techniques for themselves and implement these to complete the task at hand in a suitable manner, developing both creativity and imagination.

3. Social skills – Together we are strong. Children develop trusting relationships with other children and teachers. They learn to cooperate, live together, and take on responsibility. In conflicts, they learn to accept one another’s opinion and work together to develop problem solving strategies in a peaceful manner.

4. Specific skills – Show me something. Activities stimulate curiosity through playing and sharing experiences Children are allowed space and time to discover and develop their own manner of expression.

Class offerings:

Morning program for all groups: 8:00 am – 1:15 pm

Afternoon program (registration required): 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Extended Care (registration required): 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm; pickup until 5:00 pm

Enrichment offerings: Weekly music lesson, bi-weekly library visits, monthly Zumba classes, and other special events.

Openings for 2018-19: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age:  2 years. We offer rolling admission.

Whole Kids Academy

Whole Kids Academy logo

6006 Executive Boulevard
Third Floor
Rockville MD 20852
  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with late pickup option
  • Not a co-op
  • Curriculum: Language immersion, Creative Curriculum fostering a love of learning, nourishing minds, bodies and planet
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish Immersion

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 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: Open daily from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm for children ages 8 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten

We also offer an after school enrichment program, Aventuras, each day from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Aventuras is open for half camp and full camp days, when MCPS is closed!

Enrichment offerings: Weekly Music, Art, and Movement classes, as well as seasonal afternoon enrichment opportunities including Soccer, Karate, STEM, Cooking, and more!

Openings for this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 8 weeks