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International Children's Center

15901 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20905

(301) 421-0101


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INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S CENTER is a state-certified childcare center which has been serving children ( from infancy to 12 years) in the Montgomery County area for over 25 years.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • 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
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:

ICC believes that children construct knowledge on their own through interaction with the physical, social and psychological environments around them.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

ICC's mission is to provide a prepared atmosphere that allows children to grow, develop and learn at an individual pace.

A Typical Day

A typical flow of a day's activities is below.

Activity Time:Activities specific to the weekly theme are
presented along with basic activities such as
puzzles, table manipulatives, dramatic play, blocks,

Group Time:Group times are child-centered participative
sessions. The planned group activities include
reading, music, movement, finger plays,
discussion, dramatization, games, and experience

Outdoor time:

Snacks and Meal Time:Staff sits with children while they are
eating, encouraging and participating
in conversation.

Rest Time:Children are given the opportunity to nap or rest
each day.

Note: Schedule may vary, depending on the needs and interests of the children.


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