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Broadman-Kaplan Early Childhood Center

2200 Baltimore Rd
Rockville, MD 20851

(301) 251-0455


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our philosophy at the ECC is built on the belief that children learn through hands-on exploration and experimentation and through play and engaging all the senses. Play is a necessary ingredient for learning the social skills that serve as the bedrock for children’s success in school. Play, both directed and undirected, is a critical component of learning. Play helps children learn new concepts and problem-solving skills in a natural, fun way. The Broadman-Kaplan ECC is a play-based program.

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 Our Program incorporates into the day-to-day activities the Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) curriculum; Letter formation and the new HWT Get Set For School Program®.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Broadman-Kaplan ECC’s Curriculum and Child Outcome Benchmarks are based on Maryland’s Pre-K Standards. Our benchmarks describe the knowledge and skills the children should acquire prior to entering Kindergarten. We use the Teaching Strategies Gold® Assessment. This assessment program aids the staff in planning for each child’s appropriate development and is works in coordination our Child Outcome Benchmarks.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Broadman-Kaplan Early Childhood Center of Tikvat Israel provides a high quality, safe, nurturing, developmentally appropriate environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children, while at the same time fostering a positive, Jewish identity and appreciation of the Jewish heritage. Attention is given to each child as a special person with different and varied needs, interests and developmental levels. Learning activities are concrete, real and relevant to the lives of young children. Through a variety of hands-on experiences, our children grow and flourish as they discover and explore the world around them and develop a love of learning"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Three to Five year olds


7:00 AM School opens
7:00 – 9:00 Mixed ages free play
9:00 – 9:15 Children move to their own classroom
9:15 – 10:00 Open centers: planned art projects, free art, puzzles, table toys, dramatic play, blocks, science
10:00 - 10:15 Snack
10:15 - 10:35 Circle: calendar, weather, songs, stories
10:35 - 11:15 Small group activities
11:15 – 12:00 Outside free play (groups overlap their time on the playground)
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 Children move to nap or non-napping rooms or leave for dismissal


1: 00 - 3:00 Nap/rest time
3:15 - 3:30 Snack,
3:30-3:45 Story, get ready to go outside or leave for dismissal
3:45 - 5:00 Outside free play (mixed ages on the playground)
5:00 - 5:45 Art, puzzles, table toys
5:45 - 6:00 Gather belongings, story, quiet activity
6:00 PM School closes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We strive to keep parents informed about the school and each classrooms activities.
Weekly e-newsletters are sent home Friday afternoons. These newsletters include all current and future events for the whole school as well as each class. Each class also has a section where the teachers depict what the children did throughout the week. Community events might be included as well as pertinent articles regarding parenting information or at home activities.
In addition we have a generic e-blast that is used to inform parents of daily issues and reminders that arise.
Secured website: We have a secured website that parents can see all the latest pictures. We also post documents might wish to reference at a future time.
Each child also has a folder that the teachers and parents use to relay paperwork and information.
Two parent-teacher conferences are held in late fall and late spring. Parents can schedule a meeting with the teachers at any time of the year as well.
Finally, we have an open door policy and welcome parents at any time.


Separation is Handled through:

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