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The Learning Tree Child Development Center Of Annapolis

179 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 573-9300


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The Learning Tree Preschool is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and is accredited by N.A.E.Y.C. (The National Association for the Education of Young Children). Preschool begins in the 3 year old room and continues until the child goes to Kindergarten. Our teachers have college degrees and years of experience. The preschool uses the approved A.A..C.P.S. school curriculum.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children's work is 'play' and at the Learning Tree we focus on children learning through play.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

More Information

  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our center and preschool use M.S.D.E. approved curricula which is combined with play and imagination so our children learn the most during their day.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are consistently evaluated and the center uses the Denver Prescreening Developmental Questionnaire and Work Sampling System to determine children's progress. Children who are not at their proper level are provided special instruction. Children who are excelling are given tasks to keep them excited about learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that children should spend their day in a bright and safe environment, which will promote their social, physical, cognitive and emotional growth. The Learning Tree provides unconditional love and support so that your child can develop a positive self image.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children have a full day and are exposed to many learning experiences. Activities and curriculum are age appropriate.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Learning Tree conducts Parent-Teacher conferences periodically during the year and when ever it is deemed necessary. Parents receive progress reports and daily activity notes. The school also sends information to the parents through a newsletter and via the internet.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • 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:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children starting at the center are given the opportunity to visit the classroom with their parents prior to their first day. Teachers take extra care when a new child starts and make sure that they feel safe and secure in t heir new surroundings. Although most children adapt well in a couple of days , some children may take longer and teachers make sure they are making progress in their adaptation to the new environment.

Children moving up to the next classroom visit that classroom and become familiar with the teachers and other children before they move. Parents are also notified prior to the move. and encouraged to support their child's new classroom and progress.