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Rock Spring Children's Center

10401 Fernwood Road, Suite 150
Bethesda, MD 20817

(301) 530-4526


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

A major focus in the preschool curriculum is on â??skill building.â?? With a mix of structured learning time and playtime in an environment that is hands-on, fun, exciting and enriching, your child will leave the preschool program with confidence and a head start on kindergarten. The older classes use the High Reach curriculum. This curriculum covers many skills and concepts such as: Letter Recognition Initial Consonant Sounds Blending Phonemes Reading Comprehension Creative Writing Number Concepts 0-20 Addition & Subtraction Ordinal Position & Patterning Measurement Time & Money Prediction Analysis & Experiment Cultural Awareness

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We try to have an extra teacher in each classroom so that teachers have more flexibility to provide each child with the instruction and support they need to develop and to be challenged.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Rock Spring Children's Center is a non profit, 501(c)(3), child care organization with the mission of providing affordable, quality child care to families of the local community. It serves over 130 local families and employs over 30 dedicated and loving child care professionals. The Center meets its mission by using its nonprofit status and holding several fundraisers each year so it can take good care of its child care staff and offer scholarships to local families with economic need.

The preschool uses a combination approach of structured learning, playtime and stations to allow children the flexibility to be continually challenged and to develop at their own pace.

A Typical Day

Drop Off
Free play from arrival until 9am
Breakfast time with emphasis on basic manners and table skills
Circle Time with structured learning activities such as days of the week and holiday discussions
Stations and Activities (Math, Reading, Art, Social)
Outdoor Free Play
Lunch time
Nap / Quiet time
Stations and Activities (Math, Reading, Art, Social)
Outdoor Free Play
Pick Up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers speak with parents every day during drop off and pick up about the children. They also post a report of the activities that the class did each day. Administrators also spend time in the classroom and speak to teachers and parents about individual children. Teachers have several parent teacher conferences each year to discuss goals and progress for the students.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have found that children usually adapt quickly when left to the routines of each classroom. They are welcomed warmly by the teachers and each child is treated in a way that best suits their needs, whether it is more attention, redirection, or increasing independence. Teachers also try to work in conjunction with parents on an agreed upon strategy to best meet the needs of each child.