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Catholic Charities Model Cities Center

1125 Neal ST. NE
Washington, DC 20002

(202) 396-8100

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children learn through play. Teachers are their to guide and expose children to new and exciting things that are occuring around them.

A Typical Day

In the mornings children meet in a central space and have brakfast. The seperate in their groups at 8:00 o'clock. Free play, morning circle, individual activites, outdoors, lunch, music or story, nap, snack, art activity, freeplay, and convene to one group to wait for parents.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parnt meetings, daily sheets, and developmental goal sheets.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Talking to children and visiting a kidergarten program.