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Academy Child Development Center @ Galway

12612 Galway Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904

(301) 586-0080


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Academy uses the MSDE approved Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Curriculum which is specifically designed to provide children with the solid foundation needed for later learning in kindergarten and beyond. This program is based on scientific research on how young children learn, as well as research into the best preschool practices around the world. The curriculum is different from other preschool programs because it focuses on identifying specific goals in all areas of learning. It sets high expectations for all children and it teaches specific content skills. Play is the best strategy to teach young children. It makes learning relevant to them and memorable.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Goals and high expectations for all children are assessed and learning activities planned to guide them to learn using their own unique learning styles. Small group and individual learning times are scheduled daily.

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 enviroment 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. We encourage creativity, exploration, and discovery using MSDE approved curriculum which is developmentally appropriate. Academy is dedicated to its world's future-- Its children!

A Typical Day

6:30-8:30 Welcoming and Gathering Activities
8:30 Breakfast and Bathrooming
9:00 Circle time- Theme discussion, music/movement activities, Routines- weather and calendar
9:30-10:30- Learning Centers and small group instruction
10:30-11:00- Outdoor Activities
11:00- Literature time- Story time
11:30- 11:45 Transition
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15- 12:45 Outdoor recess
12:45-1:00 Story time
1:00-2:00 Quiet/rest time
2:00 Transition activities
2:30 Learning Center activities and small groups
3:30 Snack
4:00 Outdoor
4:45 Theme project
5:15 Child Selected activities
6:00 Transition, clean up, board games
6:30 Have a Great Evening!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Every family and student attend orientation prior to attending the program. The parent handbook and the web site provide parents with information regarding all aspects of the program. Student and Class portfolios are maintained to share with parents. In addition student assessment records are used to plan and report progress. Academy holds parent conferences at least twice per year. Open House and Parent nights are scheduled regularly. Monthly newsletters and calendars of activities are distributed to all parents and are posted on the parent bulletinboard and web site. Information is also emailed to parents. Academy Training Institute offers at least 1 free training per school year. Our Child Development Specialist is also available to work with parents and teachers on specific individual topics.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are required to attend an orientation meeting and to attend with their young child prior to being left with the teachers. Parents will bring their young child for 1 1/2 hours and then leave. A special routine is established with the parent and teacher as to the "Good bye" process. Parent is directed to call to check in if they would like. Teacher will give the parent a complete analysis of the day either verbally or in writing. Pictures of the child interacting may be emailed to the parent during the transition week.