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Silver Spring Child Care Center

9525 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901

(301) 589-1593


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe at Silver Spring Child Center that a warm and caring environment is essential for pre-school age children. Our mission is to enhance the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of young children by establishing a developmentally appropriate program and teaching standards rich in love, understanding and challenging activities.
We have created an environment of unconditional love, support and respect for our children. We recognize that each child is unique and should be treated with respect as an individual. We help our children feel successful by allowing them to experience at their own pace. We encourage children to explore the world around them, to understand and feel good about themselves, and to learn to care deeply about all the people who make up their lives.
We believe that violent toys encourage violent play. We do not allow guns or action figures into the Center.
In addition to traditional learning centers, science, and art materials, each class has access to a computer with several highly rated, non-violent, creative, educational (and fun!) games. Considering the ever-growing prevalence of these multi-use tools in schools at all levels, we feel that all healthy exposure to computers will better prepare our young people for the future.
There are weekly scheduled Spanish classes and weekly Music-Movement classes. In addition, we offer private piano, private ballet, and Spanish lessons for those parents who wish to enroll their children in these special activities."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 Center opens
7:00-9:00 Free Play
9:00-9:30 Breakfast
9:30-9:45 Group time (greeting, unit discussion, stories, fingerplay, etc.)
9:45-10:15 Planned activities (block building, art activities, science, dramatic play, computer games, manipulative, water and sand table activities)
10:15-11:00 Group time (stories, songs, movement activities)
11:00-12:00 Outdoor play
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:00 Story
1:00-2:30 Rest time *
2:30-3:10 Wake up, Snack
3:10-3:30 Group time (discussion, stories, etc.)
3:30-4:30 Outdoor play
4:30-4:45 Group time (songs, stories, etc.)
4:45-5:45 Planned activities (similar to a.m.)
6:00 Center closes "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Special Meetings