Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Children’s Center’s preschool unit is an MSDE-approved education program for 3–5-year-olds. There are two classes, one for younger preschoolers (3–4-year-olds) and one for older children (4–5-year-olds). Each room is licensed for 20 children with two teachers per class.
Our daily program provides age- and stage-appropriate education and social activities that prepare children for later success in kindergarten. Our nursery/preschool program (9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) incorporates use of the Investigator’s Club, Just for Three’s, and Pre-kindergarten curriculum, which is one of the state-recommended early childhood curricula for child care centers, Head Start programs, and nursery schools. The curriculum focuses on age- and stage-appropriate activities in literacy, math, science, social studies, art, music, technology, physical education, health/safety, and a variety of play experiences,
Attention to the whole child, including his or her social, emotional, and physical/motor development, are of equal importance. All areas of development are monitored through use of curriculum-associated screenings, assessments, and observation tools. These tools assist teachers in individual, small group, and whole group planning.
A typical schedule during the instructional portion of the day includes opening or circle time, whole group literacy block, small group literacy block, learning center time, math block, and outdoor play and meals. The wrap around portion of the day provides activities, which supplement the instructional portion of the day. Children have additional opportunities to use centers, participate in active physical play, and other self-selected activities. The indoor environment includes writing and listening centers, library area (including a take home library for students and parents), computer area, science and math areas, art and manipulative areas, and dramatic play and block areas.
It is our overall goal that the learning experiences in our preschool unit will prepare your child to be fully learning-ready to enter the formal school setting.
– Younger class: 3- and 4-year-olds
– Older class: 4- and 5-year-olds
– M–F, year around
– Half day: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
– Full day: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The health and safety of the staff, children, and parents is SSPC Children’s Center are number one in priority. With that in mind, we have developed our Standard Operating Procedures Document, with input from SSPC Children’s Center Health Advisory Team, staff, and administration and reviewed by the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. The document is based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), Maryland’s State Recovery Plan for Education and the local health department.
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