Infants and Toddlers
Infants and toddlers are cared for on individual schedules as their needs dictate. Teachers provide a safe, stimulating, enriched, and stable environment which is adjusted each day to meet the needs of the children. Basic skills are introduced and enhanced as the children express interest and curiosity. Daily schedules provide time for indoor and outdoor play, quiet and active periods, and plenty of personal attention. The children enjoy songs, finger plays, stories, looking at books, and creative experiences on a daily basis. Age appropriate hands-on activities are “process oriented” for individual enjoyment and to engage children socially. Campus strolls are a part of the day whenever possible. Teacher:Child ratios exceed Maryland State requirements in order to meet the developmental and individual needs of each child in positive and respectful ways.
The introduction of various concepts and ideas encourages the development of expanding vocabulary, increasing curiosity, cooperative play, basic problem solving, and self-help skills for two- and three-year-old children. Children spend their day involved in group and individual hands-on activities designed to nurture emerging independence. Periods of free play allow children to follow their own interests and use the age appropriate materials provided. Open-ended sensory experiences are presented with an emphasis on enjoyment and success. Singing, dancing, creative art, story telling, cooking, science experiments, and outdoor play introduce social concepts, learning concepts, and encourage the development of a positive self image. Our young preschool program is accredited through the Maryland State Department of Education. This accreditation recognizes that our program meets the standards for quality early childhood programs.
Preschool age children are becoming more independent and are introduced to more complex ideas through the use of learning themes. Theme-based group and individual activities integrate curriculum areas such as math, science, pre-reading, and writing using hands-on methods. Social interactions and problem solving skills become more advanced as the children work cooperatively with one another and practice skills such as bargaining and compromising. Creativity is encouraged to allow children time to recognize and celebrate their unique personalities and styles. Cooperation and learning from one another are emphasized in order to develop a spirit of respect and caring in all children. Our preschool program is accredited through the Maryland State Department of Education. This accreditation recognizes that our program meets the standards for quality early childhood programs.
Children in their pre-k years have a wide range of differences in knowledge and skills. Throughout these years, children have time to explore materials and build upon the knowledge they acquire including the social realm of problem solving. The unique perspective of each child is celebrated in a classroom environment of respect and cooperation. Learning themes incorporate the Maryland State Department of Education approved Creative Curriculum. Our full day Pre-kindergarten program operates according to an academic year (end of August to early June). Our pre-k program is accredited through the Maryland State Department of Education. This accreditation recognizes that our program meets the standards for quality early childhood programs.
Summer Camp serves children ages 6 to 10 (child must have completed a kindergarten program to attend) and is offered during the public school summer vacation time period. Enhanced programming provides many exploratory opportunities for crafts, science, creative arts, language enrichment, food preparation, field trips, hands-on learning, swimming, and much more. Camps are organized by theme-based sessions. Registration brochures are available in February of each year.