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Academy Child Development Center At Dufief

15001 Dufief Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

(301) 309-1224


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Academy offers the "Building Blocks for Life" philosophy - the foundation from which all learning takes place for the future. Children grow in a nurturing environment that promotes safety and security. When children are guided to live and play together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support, they develop positive character values. By encouraging creativity, exploration, and discovery children acquire a love of learning and a sense of self.
Children are our focus and our staff make up the foundation of our programs. The experience, education, and low turnover of teachers and assistants ensure continuity of quality programming from year to year. Ongoing professional development keeps staff up-to-date on current research and issues. Child/staff rations are kept low to facilitate a child-centered approach.
All centers share a common mission and are licensed by Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care. Because of the uniqueness of each community we serve, different centers may maintain additional affiliations. In partnership with families, community and early childhood experts, Academy continues to grow and develop within the scope of our "Building Block for Life" philosophy."
Excerpted from the preschool's website