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Early Childhood Center

100 Welsh Park Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

(301) 424-8065


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Early Childhood Center (ECC) provides a play-based learning program for children 2 -5 years-old. ECC offers small class sizes, low student to teacher ratios, and highly qualified teachers. Our teachers use Creative Curriculum to encourage purposeful exploration and independence. We inspire children to develop a love of learning that will continue to grow with them throughout their lifetime. Centrally located in downtown Rockville, the school is nestled in a beautiful park setting.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

While attending ECC, children develop positive self-esteem, social competency, essential skills in literacy and math, and a love of learning. ECC fosters learning through exploration and encourages independence. Our child-centered program promotes hands-on, active learning. We respect each child’s individual time table for growth and development, and allow children learn at their own pace through teacher-supported activities.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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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
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 child-centered program promotes hands-on, active learning. We respect each child’s individual time table for growth and development, and allow children learn at their own pace through teacher-supported activities. Using Creative Curriculum®, we encourage children to reach their full potential in eight areas: • Social and Emotional Development • Problem Solving Skills • Literacy • Math • Science • Social Studies • The Arts • Technology As children play, they learn about the world and themselves. They develop new social and emotional skills, enrich their imaginations, test new ideas, grow in mastery of their bodies, and explore essential literacy and math concepts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We offer a child-centered program that is developmentally appropriate for children who are two-, three-, and four-years-old. Our goal is to provide a positive school experience, one that will enrich learning through exploration and encourage independence. Through positive interactions with classmates and adults, children have many opportunities to develop social skills. Our activities and projects are designed to value the process more than the finished product, allowing children to be creative and inventive. Both indoor and outdoor play allows children to learn about the world and themselves. As children play, they learn new skills, coping mechanisms, the ability to test new ideas, as well as mastery of their bodies.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The two-year-old programs have a gradual beginning to the school year.