Takoma Children’s School (TCS) is a progressive year-round preschool serving 2–5-year-old children and their families with part-time through full-day options. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and are strongly play-based in our approach to children’s learning. Our school’s outstanding teachers and staff provide a nurturing, safe, and fun-filled environment that fosters creativity and a love of learning through play and exploration.
We value each child’s unique needs and contributions as we foster social, emotional, physical, and thinking skills that children will need and use throughout their lives. Our Takoma Children’s School family is committed to celebrating and reflecting the diversity of our community.
At Takoma Children’s School, we have a large, tree-covered playground, so being outside is important for our children, as they are outside morning and afternoon daily. We have a large sandbox, a few different climbing options, a playhouse for dramatic play, space to ride tricycles, and smaller spaces where children can be alone or with a few friends. Our playground is outfitted with many loose parts that children use for imaginative play. Each classroom gardens each year, growing gourds, tomatoes, flowers, and more.
- 2020–2021 school year (due to COVID-19):
- All children: M–F, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- 2021-2022 school year (normal hours of operation):
- 2–3-year-olds: 3, 4, or 5 days/week
- 3–4-year-olds: 3, 4, or 5 days/week
- 4–5-year-olds: 5 days/week
- Drop-off: 8–9:30 a.m.
- Pickup: 5–6 p.m.
Note: Information for the 2021–2022 school year was not yet finalized as of Oct. 16, 2020. Please contact the school to confirm its offerings.
Daily health checks; small class sizes of 8 per room; classes do not intermingle; most of the morning is spent outside on large playgrounds; children are inside for arrival and morning snack, lunch, nap/quiet time; daily sanitation of all materials every day: materials, cots, chairs, tables, furniture, blocks, etc.
- Weekly music outside only now; usually yoga class once per week, which has been suspended for the time being due to COVID-19
- 2020–2021: Yes
- 2021–2022: Yes
Minimum enrollment age:
- Must be age of class by Sept. 1
Due date for enrollment applications:
- Late February, with late enrollment and waitlist options
Last updated: Oct. 16, 2020
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