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Easter Seals Child Development Center

2800 13th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

(202) 387-4434


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Easter Seals Child Development Center is an inclusive program, offering education and child care to children with special needs and typically developing alike. Our philosophy is to provide all services needed to every child in a safe and happy environment. We have four therapists on staff- two speech and language therapists, one occupational therapist and one physical therapist. The goal of our center is to allow students to thrive in an environment with their peers.

A Typical Day

Sample Schedule:

7:00am-8:30am: Before Care
9:00am: Breakfast
10:00am: Circle Time
10:30am: Small Group Activity
11:00am: Outdoor time
12:00pm: Large Group Activity
12:30pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Naptime
3:00pm: Snack
3:30pm: Choice Time
4:00pm: Story Time
4:30pm: Outdoor time
4:30pm-6:00pm: After Care

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year