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Children's Center of Damascus at St. Anne's

25100 Ridge Rd.
Damascus, MD 20872

(301) 253-6864


Our program offers a preschool developmental program incorporated into the child's day. We offer part-time and full time care for children ages two through 5 years of age.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our goal at the Children's Center is to provide a secure, loving, educational environment for all children. Every child is welcomed into our center family as a unique individual while having universal needs for cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth and development. Therefore, this is an opportunity for our dedicated teachers to create and implement education programs that are age appropriate in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, art music, health and safety. By following the guidelines of the Maryland Model for School Readiness we are able to assure that all of our children enter school ready to learn. We believe preschool children learn most effectively through playing and interacting with their peers in a social setting enriched by age appropriate materials and equipment. This stimulating environment provides an avenue by which young children begin to learn about themselves and how they relate to the world around them. Within the framework the Children's Center program provides a setting where each child can develop and strengthen a positive self-image with the guidance of our well qualified, nurturing teachers.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

The program objectives for children are: 1. Interact effectively with both peers and adults by: a. working and playing with others, using appropriate social skills; b. developing independence and responsibility; c. strengthening gross and fine motor skills; d. practicing good safety habits. 2. Gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which he-she lives by: a. building upon innate creativity and curiosity; b. understanding and developing both receptive and expressive language skills; c. developing basic readiness skills and acquiring information in a variety of content areas such as language arts, math, science, social studies, music, art, health and safety; d. reinforcing learning through integration of home, school and community. These are the basic objectives of the Children's Center; however, we know that you, as the parent, are your child's first teacher and so. ultimately, we want to partner with you to create learning experiences that guarantees success for your child in our social environment.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal in the Children's Center is to provide:
A secure, loving, educational environment for all the Center's children.
Peace of mind to all parents who entrust their children to our care and nurturing.
A positive working environment in which the professionalism of our staff is respected and honored and staff members are listened to, supported and encouraged to grow.
As an extension of each family unit, we accept all children as unique individuals and guide them in developing their full potential of mind, body, and spirit.
By touching the lives of children in a positive way and providing a strong support system, our dedicated staff strives to make a difference in the future of our community and our world.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school