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Firststart Childcare and Learning Center

9004 Yellow Brick Road #k
Rosedale, MD 21237

(410) 574-5734


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First Start Rosedale provides developmentally-appropriate programs for children on a full-time or part-time basis for children aged 6 weeks to school age. This center caters to infants, toddlers and preschoolers to develop the skills necessary for school readiness.

The center is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development, Office of Child Care for about 103 Children.

Infant Program

Toddler Program

2 Year Old Program

3 Year Old Program (Nursery School Program)

4 Year Old Program (Nursery School Program)

5 Year Old Program (Nursery School Program)

Before/After Care Program School Program

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

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 First Start Rosedale provides developmentally age-appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning; fosters academic enrichment in core instructional areas and invests in outstanding faculty and staff. We strive to strengthen each child’s own cultural identity, while instilling a respect for others. We consistently refine and supplement our programs to fit the needs of our students, and to empower them as future leaders. Some of the core areas explored are Science, Technology, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, physical education and Fine Arts. The FSLC program is structured in a way that emphasizes a hands-on approach to academic subjects. Caring teachers provide a nurturing environment to help children enjoy successful experiences. Parents are asked to work with and fully support the teacher towards their child's social, emotional and academic needs. Field trips, guests in the classroom and many hands-on experiences extend the curriculum. Supervised play takes place in a safe, fenced playground with a designated area for pre-school students.

From the Director:

Infant Program The infant program caters to an environment that is setup to foster infants physical, sensory, social, emotional and intellectual development. Caregivers can be found singing, talking and reading to or cuddling, playing or rocking with the babies. Their interaction is second to none in providing the positive sense of trust and security your baby needs. The program is developmental based and presented in a warm, nurturing environment. Toddler Program This program is designed to develop confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning. Learning areas include dramatic play, creative arts, language development and communicating skills. Two Year Old Program The Twos program is used to develop the child's language, gross motor and small motor skills. Self-discipline, cooperation and creative expression are fostered through play activities. Exploration of manipulative toys, books, indoor and outdoor play equipment and materials help to develop the child's curiousity, creativity and independence. Art and music experiences with a variety of materials are an integral part of the program. Three Year Old Program The creative Preschool Program is the core of the three year old curriculum. Listening to stories, retelling events, dramatic play with puppets, music and movement experience help the child develop concepts and language skills necessary for future learning. A variety of play and art materials are provided for the child's exploration. Stringing beads, building blocks, painting, drawing, cutting and constructing with different materials foster the development of the child's small motor and program solving skills, and also enhance his sense of creativity and self-expression. Four and Five Year Old Program The four and five year old child is ready for the exploration of concepts in the areas of reading and math readiness, science and social studies, as well as the continued growth of language and physical development skills. Utilizing the creative Pre-Kindergarten Program, the child is presented with a thematic, hands-on approach to learning new skills and developing new awareness and abilities. Beginning phonics instruction is initiated when the child is ready for the skill. The child's curiousity, independence and self-confidence are fostered through the use of center play activities. Manipulative toys, art, music experiences and field trips enhance the child's understanding and enjoyment of presented concepts. Before and After School Program First Start Childcare and Learning Center offers a School Age Program during the before and after school hours. Our program offers a hi-tech program where children can enjoy creative arts, computers, science, music social interaction with their peers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our center is family-oriented center that brings an unconditional love, emotional
security, a sense of routine and an opportunity to be creative and resourceful to the
children. All daily activities are age and stage appropriate and will provide the
individual child's physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being and growth. We
promote curiousity and exploration.

First Start Rosedale is located in the quiet, industrial park off Rossville blvd and
Philadelphia Rd. near Franklin Square Hospital.

The facility is spacious, fully equipped with the latest learning and playing

We have a large outdoor play area with access to parks and trails. We offer a
full lunch program.

Our professional staff is highly qualified, experienced, and self-motivated
individuals whose first interest is the loving care of your child.

We have both degreed teachers and trained teachers. They provide an
environment that combines the warmth and security of home with the academic
and social advantages of school.

We are approved by the State of Maryland Board of Education for k3 through k5
and licensed by the Child Care Administration for infant, toddler, 2s programs
and Before and After .

We use the Saxon's Early Learning child centered curriculum.