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Children's Center of Damascus

9751 Hawkins Creamery Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20882

(301) 253-6864


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our center uses Creative Curriculum which is an approved curriculum by the Maryland State Department of Education. It is a child-centered curriculum which uses support and guidance from the teacher. In addition, our staff is trained in the Maryland Model for School Readiness which is an innovative approach to training teachers in the readiness criteria for public school. This high-quality interactive training is organized along four basic strands: observation; assessment; documentation; and connecting with children, families, schools and instruction.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

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 educational programs that are age appropriate in the ares 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 this 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.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Describe how teachers work with children who are "behind," "excelling" or "different" from the majority of students.T

Day in the Life

General School Mission

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.

Home-School Connection

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school