South Montgomery Preschool Directory

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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

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. Opportunities are created for child-centered inquiry, for purposeful play in support of essential learning, for teachers to form a community with children in the classroom, and for children to construct their own knowledge.Music and Movement, Art, Foreign Language

Class offerings:

M-F 7:30-3:00.
We follow the school year calendar, and we offer extended daycare after school hours.

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 3 months to 5 years old.

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 late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We incorporate use of the Investigator’s Club – Just for 3’s and Pre-k curriculum
  • Secular curriculum

Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Children”s Center(SSPC CC) exists for the purpose of providing high quality early care and education services to the Silver Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland

At SSPC CC, we’re committed to your child’s development. To support this we: prepare your children to be fully ready to learn upon entrance to school, enable growth emotionally and intellectually, respect individual uniqueness and foster positive social connections, and work in partnership with each family recognizing them as their child’s first teacher and primary nurturer.

Our Preschool Unit is a MSDE Approved Education Program for 3-5 year olds. There are two classes, one for 3/4’s and one pre-k class for 4/5’s. Each room is licensed for 20 children with one lead teacher and additional support staff per class.

Erichment 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 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Must be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1st. Early admission is considered up to Oct. 15th.


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
PO Box 249
Garrett Park, MD 20896
(301) 949-1699

  • Full time or half day/part time with options for early drop off, afternoon enrichment
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Holy Cross adheres to the Archdiocese of Washington and MSDE curriculums
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic
  • Language instruction: bi-weekly Spanish instruction

Holy Cross provides a warm caring environment where play based learning is coupled with academics for a positive Pre-Kindergarten experience which fosters a life-long love of learning. The Language Arts curriculum is designed so that each child can build an early literacy learning foundation for success in becoming a lifelong reader and writer. All parts of early learning are explored and children can build their knowledge with both quality and a quantity of literacy related experiences. The curriculum includes daily exploration of children’s literature with a follow-up experience, literacy-related center time, nightly children’s books so that the child may have a shared literacy experience with a parent or guardian, access to appropriate technology, and ample access to writing materials.

Reading – concepts about print, phonological awareness, decoding and word fluency, vocabulary and concept development, structural features of information and technical materials, analysis of grade-level appropriate narratives.
Writing – writing process and application, handwriting, spelling.
Listening and Speaking – comprehension, oral communication, speaking applications.
Literacy experiences are used to catapult other areas of study. A cross curricular approach is used to focus on the other areas of study: Math, Social Studies, Science, Social Development, and Motor Skills.

Class offerings:

Holy Cross presently offers a PreK 4 class with two options.
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Daily before care and after care

In 2018-2019 Holy Cross will offer the same options for PreK 3.

Enrichment offerings:  after school science, yoga, chess and computer

Openings for 2017-18: No

Minimum enrollment age:  3 years old by September 1 for PreK 3; 4 years by September 1 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: Reggio Emilia inspired
  • Jewish curriculum

We strive to provide each child with a secure, caring and stimulating experience. Our powerful belief in the competence of all children nourishes our practice.

Children are born with a drive to order the world around them; however, they do not do this in isolation. They need supportive adults, collaborative peers and a stimulating environment to make sense of their experiences. Teachers provide opportunities for children to construct knowledge through a process of discovery in which children and adults become partners in learning.

Teachers organize environments that provoke exploration, experimentation and problem solving. Extended explorations are often carried out in small groups, where cooperation and disputation mingle pleasurably. Documentation of children’s work is displayed throughout the space.

Our school takes pride in its identity as a Jewish preschool. A foundation of that identity is recognizing the value of the diversity within our community. We believe that children’s learning is given roots by placing it in the context of our shared history. The customs and traditions we observe add a framework of values that guide our interactions among ourselves and with the greater community. Our practices link our faith to everyday living; our values are the fabric of our school’s culture.

Class offerings:

We serve children from 2-5 years old.
The core program for the 2s is 9:00-12:30, for the 3s through 5s it is 9:00-2:00.
2- 3- 4- and 5-day programs are available.
Our full day is 7am-6pm. Early drop is from 7-9.

Openings for 2017-18: 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.


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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.

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Forcey Christian School

a preschool class in red and white shirts poses together2130 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: Students will learn about the Bible and develop their full potential in academics and physical, social and emotional life skills.
  • Religious affiliation: Forcey Christian Church
  • Language offerings: occasional Spanish

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

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

Class offerings:

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

Enrichment offerings: School activities available

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

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


Holy Redeemer School

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

  • Schedule: Full-time or half-day/part-time with option for late pickup
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Play based curriculum
  • Religious curriculum: Catholic

We just love our littlest cardinals!  Our long-standing and award winning Holy Redeemer tradition begins early, for three and four-year-olds, with outstanding program options. Holy Redeemer “Pre-K” programs are a unique learning community where our youngest students come to enjoy their first experience in school and we want them to LOVE it!

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

The social curriculum is as important as academics.  By incorporating Holy Redeemer’s 4C’s: Courtesy, Compassion, Community and Commitment, into the daily life of the classrooms, children develop the knowledge and skills needed to become responsible learners and kind friends. Our most important goal is to support and celebrate each child’s gifts and individual successes in a safe, loving, creative, and nurturing environment.

Class offerings:

  • 5-day Full Day or Half Day: 3 and 4 year olds
  • 3-day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) Half Day: 3 year olds ​
  • 2-day (Tuesday/Thursday) Half Day: 3 year olds

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 3 years old by September 1st

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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

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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 option for afternoon enrichment
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum:We offer a play-based educational philosophy.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Religious affiliation: Church sponsored program open to children of all religions.

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:

Our current class offerings (likely the same in 2018):
4s Mon/Wed/Fri or M/Tu/W/Th/F 9:15-11:45
3s Tues/Thurs or Mon/Wed/Fri 9:15-11:45
2s Mon/Fri or Tues/Thurs (may add Wednesday)9:15-11:45

M/Tu/W/Th/F Extended Day for 2, 3 and 4 year olds 11:45-2:30

Enrichment options: Weekly music and science extended day for 4 year olds

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by Sept 1, 2018

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

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

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

As a fundamental part of Montessori theory, the classrooms include multi-age children. This allows them to learn from and share with each other. The younger ones develop confidence with new skills while observing the more challenging activities of their classmates. The older children gain self-confidence by serving as role models and leaders.

The Montessori classroom is:

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

We encourage children to:

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

Class offerings:

We are a Monday–Friday classroom for ages 18mo – K.
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 2017-18: 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 – 4/5 years. Teachers and parents work together to provide a secure, relaxed atmosphere where each child can progress at his or her own pace. Our professional award-winning teachers, assisted by the parents, set the educational stage, guide the group unobtrusively and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness and freedom within carefully set limits. We offer a developmentally appropriate environment that is rich in possibilities for exploring, enhancing their curiosity, learning flexibility, understanding differences, learning problem solving, thinking creatively, making choices, and accepting responsibilities. In addition to co-oping in the classroom every other week, each family is involved in the administration of our school creating a community for all children to thrive.

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 2017-18: Yes

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

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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 academics
  • Secular curriculum

The Garrett Park Nursery School program of early childhood education seeks to encourage the total development of the child. This is achieved through attention to emotional, cognitive, social, physical and creative needs, and an understanding that the child is a unique individual. Our goal is to enable the children to develop a positive self-image and an interest in and respect for the world and their environment. 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.

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

Openings for this year: yes

Minimum enrollment age: The child must be the appropriate age for the class by September 1, 2017

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 is celebrating our 54th anniversary this year. We are a traditional Montessori school serving children ages 2 to grade 3. Children in a Montessori environment learn at their own pace, foster independence, and have a strong love of learning. We offer Art, Music, PE, Library, and Spanish as well as before care, after care, and enrichment programs.

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 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years

Barrie Montessori

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

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

Barrie is ideal for students from age 18 months through Grade 12 seeking individual attention with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Barrie’s rigorous academic program encourages students to develop their own individual interests and talents through hands-on learning. Students search beyond the obvious for answers, explore topics and issues from many perspectives, and share their own ideas with peers and teachers in a diverse and engaging community.

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

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

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

Class schedule:

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

Openings for this year: Please inquire

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

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

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

  • 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 2017-18: 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 or late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum:Waldorf Early Childhood Education, emphasizing play, artistic and practical activities, nature and the outdoors, and more.
  • Secular curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

Class schedule:

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

Openings 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 1/2 by September 1

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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: Investigators Club and Creative Curriculum
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish & Sign Language (occasional)

Bright Eyes Early Learning Centers have been partnering with the community since 1991. Our philosophy helps to enable children to grow physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively at 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


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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 curriculum

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

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

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 2017-18: 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

  • Full time or part-time/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

RPCNS photo

RPCNS is a cooperative, non-profit, secular preschool for Children aged 2 – 4. Small classes, play-based learning, and community involvement make RPCNS a special place to learn. Now with flexible co-oping options and full day schedules, see if RPCNS is right for your family! “Dip Your Hands into Your Child’s Education!”

Class offerings:

4s classes are Monday – Friday, 9:45-12:30, with after care available
3s classes are M/W/F, 9:45-12:30, with after care available.
2s classes Tu/Thurs, 9:45 – 12:15, with after care available.
Before-care may be available for SY 2018-19.

Enrichment options: weekly music, monthly science and cultural enrichment, after-school science, art , sports, etc., Stay and Play aftercare

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Children must be the age of the class by Sept. 1st of the enrollment year. We serve children aged 2-4.

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: We integrate a Montessori education with the acquisition of proficiency in a second language
  • Language offerings: Spanish, Italian, French

Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy (SBMA) seeks to create a learning environment in which the student is encouraged to explore his own innate sense of curiosity and eagerness to gain knowledge. Our program is carefully designed to meet the individual needs of each child. The difference between the SBMA environment and that of other Montessori institutions lies in the parallel instruction of foreign language to all facets of the learning process. Our convenient daily schedules are tailored for working parents: we open as early as 7:30 am, and are open until 6 pm, with year-round program options. Our shorter half-day programs for toddlers and preschoolers are a great option for combining a high-quality school experience with time at home. The advantages of this added understanding go beyond the simple acquisition of a second vocabulary. SBMA believes that to know something of the spoken and written language of another group of people is akin to being acquainted with them. Language enables us to penetrate into another culture’s philosophy, folklore, literature and music.

Class offerings:

Ages 2-6, M-F, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Enrichment offerings: After-school fitness and science, Tues-Thurs

Openings for 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old


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

  • Schedule:Full-time or part-time/half-day with early drop off and late pickup option (after full day program)
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Gifted and Talented STEM-focus
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish – three days a week

Feynman School enrolls young gifted learners from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Named in honor of physicist Dr. Richard Feynman, Feynman School offers a unique learning environment for inquisitive students who amaze and delight us every day with their talent, energy and sense of humor. At Feynman School, students think, question, explore and create in a fun, engaging setting. Feynman School allows children to discover the wonder of hands-on science and promotes rich understanding, rather than rote learning.

In each of our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms, gifted learners have the opportunity to use materials more challenging and sophisticated than those typically available in other schools, public or private. Working with the whole child, we balance thinking skills like questioning, reasoning, and problem-solving with social skills such as listening, leading, cooperation, and confidence. Children explore their feelings and friendships as well as the world around them.

Enrichment offerings:  Soccer and Basketball

Class offerings:

M – F 8:45 – 2:30 (full day program)

or M – F 8:45 – 12:30 (half day program)

Openings for this year: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Children should be three by September 1 but exceptions are made on a case by case basis.

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: Our dynamic and social curriculum inspire children to embrace and enjoy learning during these early childhood years
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish- twice weekly

Concord Hill School focuses on the early childhood years, with small classes and two co-teachers. Our five core values – Knowledge, Character, Respect, Play, and Community are the essence of a Concord Hill education and guide our dynamic academic and social curriculum. Please call or email Susan Arzt, Assistant Head of School/Director of Admission & Financial Aid to schedule your parent visit/tour – the first step in our process. We are hosting an Open House on Sunday, October 15 from 2:00-4:00pm and on Friday, January 26 at 9:00am.

Class offerings:

Preprimary Class (3s turning 4): Monday-Friday, 8:45-12:15 with optional PM schedule: M/T/T/F from 12:15-3:00 and W from 12:15-2:00
Primary Class (4s turning 5) M/T/T/F 8:45-3:00 and W from 8:45-2:00

Enrichment offerings: Beginning Chess, Tae Kwon Do, Creative Drama, Intro to Simple Machines

Openings for 2017-2018: yes

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


Kensington Cooperative Nursery School

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

  • Class schedule: Part time with option for afternoon enrichment knswebsite_treelogo
  • Parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Play based
  • 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

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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: SSDS is a parent-participatory school that develops the whole child through a play-based/social-emotional curriculum.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: Spanish (occasional)

The SSDS community shares the following priorities:

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

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

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

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

Class offerings:

Twos: 2-day (T/Th), 3-day (M/W/F), or 5-day (M-F) 9:30-1:30
Threes: 2-day (T/Th), 3-day (M/W/F), or 5-day (M-F) 9:30-1:30
PreK: Monday-Friday 9:15-1:15 and 9:15-3:30
Before Care: 7:30-9:30
After Care: 1:15-5:30

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

Openings for 2017-18: No

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by December 31

Grace Episcopal Day School

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

  • Full-time or half-day/part-time with late pickup options
  • 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 curriculum: 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. This way of teaching and learning builds a culture of inquiry and academic engagement that benefits Grace students through Grade 5 and beyond.

New for fall 2018, Grace is replacing our financial aid program with a Variable Tuition Program. Rather than offer financial aid packages to families, we will offer a range of tuitions. Our ideal is that each family’s tuition — a figure that represents the portion of the full cost of a Grace education that a family is required to pay — be in line with what that family can afford to contribute. Learn more here:

Class offerings:

Preschool (3s): M-F 8:30-12:00 (half day) or 8:30-3:15 (full day) with before- and aftercare available
Prekindergarten (4s): M-F 8:30-12:00 (half day) or 8:30-3:15 (full day) with before- and aftercare available

Enrichment offerings: After-class enrichment includes soccer, engineering, chess, and others, and is included in the cost of aftercare

Openings this year: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Sept. 1, 2015


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 and full-time options. 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 are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, believing children to be capable and competent. Through teacher observation and research, we follow the children’s interests as a guide to choosing the investigations and projects in the classroom.

Our school is open 8am to 6pm, the school year is September through August, and applications are due the last day of February, with enrollment offers made the middle of March. Please schedule a tour from October through February (details on our website to visit our school and see what makes us special.

Class offerings:

2s & 3s Class (Bluebirds):  3 days (M-W-F or T-Th-F); 4 days (M-Th); 5 days
3s & 4s Class (Stars):  3 days (M-W-F or T-Th-F); 4 days (M-Th); 5 days
4s & 5s Class (Rainbows): 5 days

Enrichment offerings: weekly music and yoga classes for all classrooms as part of tuition

Openings for 2017-18: No

Minimum enrollment age: 2 yrs old by Sept 1, 2018 to enroll in 2018-2019 school year

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 2017-18: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years old by Sept 1st

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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: Learn through play
  • Secular

We are a non-profit, state licensed program. We welcome families of all races, colors, religions and national and ethnic origins without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

Each age group meets in large, separate, well equipped classrooms. Age-appropriate activities include free play, crafts, music, story/circle time, and outdoor play in a large, fenced, fully equipped playground. A large indoor playroom is available during inclement weather.

The caring 4CCN staff strives to give each child a sense of security, a healthy feeling of self-esteem and an enthusiasm for living and learning.

Class offerings:

2 Year Olds MWF or T/Th  9:15 -12:15
3 year olds MWF or T/Th, 5-day option 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: Science Program for 4 year olds. 2 – 8 week sessions. 2 week summer camp in June.

Openings for 2017-2018: Please inquire

Minimum enrollment age: Must be 2, 3 or 4 by September of start of year


Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School logo16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
(301) 774-7755

  • Schedule: Full day with options for early drop off and late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: Society of Friends
  • Secular curriculum; Religious affiliation: Quaker
  • Language offerings: Spanish

At Sandy Spring Friends School, we are a community of scholars, performers, artists, athletes, thinkers and doers, each with different strengths and interests, but bound together by a determination to honor Quaker values and to see that of God within each of us. Accordingly, we are a debate-driven community that is respectful of differences; we are open and sometimes noisy, but also reflective seekers of quiet. We celebrate being a marketplace of ideas while providing a safe place to explore new concepts with an incredibly vibrant and dedicated group of adults. We question, we reflect, and we act on knowledge learned both in and out of the classroom in ways that foster critical thinking and empower us to make the world a better place. Faculty and staff are here because they are deeply committed to providing preschoolers through 12th graders with an education that will serve them well in the world that they will inherit.

Class offerings:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8-3:15
Wednesday – 8-2:15

Enrichment offerings: After school clubs

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: Students must be 3 by the first day of school

German International School Washington D.C.

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

  • Schedule: Full-time or part-time/half-day with options for afternoon enrichment or late pickup
  • Not a parent co-op
  • Curriculum: We teach a German curriculum in German and English to a diverse student body.
  • Secular curriculum
  • Language offerings: German, English, French, Spanish, Latin

The German International School Washington is a private, co-educational institution with more than 500 students from over 20 countries in preschool through 12th grade, set on a quiet campus in Potomac, Md. In our preschool, children aged 2 to 4 enjoy play-based learning with plenty of time outdoors. Teachers are native German speakers and speak German exclusively with the children. However, preschoolers do not need to have prior knowledge of German before enrolling. Preschool instruction is intimate, with a teacher-to-student ratio of one to six for two-year-olds and one to 10 for three- and four-year-olds. The daily routine is structured yet flexible. With teachers as their guides, children are encouraged to pursue activities of their choice and manage their own time. This fosters their self-discipline and confidence. We offer half-day and full-day enrollment options.

Class offerings:

2 – 4 year olds: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm (3:00 pm or 4:45 pm)


Enrichment offerings: music, mad science, zumba, PE, library visits

Openings for 2017-18: Yes

Minimum enrollment age: 2 years

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