This program is the beginning experience for young children who enroll at Greenbelt Children's Center. Children are immersed in a nurturing and print rich environment, with an emphasis on social skills and individualized learning. Teachers plan for a wide variety of experiences in all domains: Language and Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Scientific Thinking, Social Studies, Physical Development, Personal and Social Skills and The Arts. Lesson plans are posted weekly so that parents are aware of all the planned activities, including weekly cooking projects and Show and Tell. We have found this to be an important communication tool for parents to help in discussing the experiences with your pre-school child at the end of the day. Activities are developmentally appropriate, learning through play, teacher directed and self selected activities. Children select Lending Library books that are signed out for parents to read at home and then return. Child assessment utilizes the Work Sampling System of observation and child portfolio development and Parent-Teacher conferences are offered twice per year. Extra programs your pre-school child will participate in include Spanish Language Classes, Music Instruction, Physical Education Instruction and an artist in residency program with Wolftrap for the Performing Arts, all included at no extra fee. The staff to child ratio is 1 teacher per every 6 children. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are served as well as the milk at lunch time, parents pack lunches from home. For information on enrollment and registration, please visit our Registration page.
Visit the MSDE's Healthy Beginnings website to find valuable information about childcare and child development, as well as fun, developmentally appropriate activities that build young children’s skills and promote all kinds of learning.
This program is for children turning 4 or 5 years old by September 1st of the year entering the program. Children in Classroom 3 enjoy all of the same activities mentioned in the two descriptions above plus use the McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders Reading/Language Arts Curriculum and McGraw-Hill My Math Curriculum. Children in this classroom receive very individualized interactions with teachers due to the small group environment. Children in this program use a Management Board to plan for their daily work in the classroom learning centers. Work samples sent home for you to view will have "At-home" activities for you to do with your child. Your child will be also build skills through participation in shared writing and interactive writing experiences. Your child receives a classroom subscription to Scholastic "Let's Find Out". Your child turning five years old at the beginning of the year receives a certificate of attendance at the completion of the school year that shows proof of their alternative kindergarten experience for entry into the first grade for the next school year. For information on enrollment and registration, please visit our Registration page.
Your child will have the opportunity to participate in an enriching summer program during the weeks that public school is closed. Planned activities include special weekly themes and special events such as Funtastic Fitness, Mad Science, Catriona's Castle, a Family Night Potluck dinner with children's entertainers and pony rides. Summer Activity Plans are posted to keep you informed of the daily activities of arts and crafts, science and nature, story time, group games, outdoor play as well as weekly cooking projects and reading for recreation Your child will go swimming every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the regular program and you may sign your child up for optional swimming lessons with the Greenbriar Pool. Tuition is charged only for the weeks that you reserve in your written reservation schedule. A weekly non-refundable Summer Activity Fee is submitted with your schedule in advance and covers the additional staff and lifeguard hired to make swimming a safe activity as well as the budget for the enriching special event programs.
Good morning, Mrs. Gee,
I have two kids at GCC and I'm so grateful for all the staff there. I really love the level of engagement that is expected *and provided* by the staff, students AND parents. The staff pays attention to the WHOLE person and not just the book learning aspect. A lot of times I don't even have to ask how my child's day went because I'm greeted at the door and given a glimpse of their day. I genuinely feel that at the kids' old school they were just as loved but the difference is my kids don't complain about being bored anymore. They are constantly challenged to grow academically, socially, creatively and sometimes physically. Each child is encouraged to be a leader throughout the week in countless ways and I don't remember learning to square dance until I was in grade school. There's a really warm, homey feel. I even heard one parent say yesterday that she always feels like taking off her shoes when she gets there. Who could ask for more than that? LOL THANK YOU GCC!
My daughter started out in the preschool program (room 2) and I've been exceptionally pleased with her academic growth. She is now in Pre K and is still advancing at such a rate that is a daily surprise. She comes home speaking Spanish and
'My son' is now in Pre K with Ms. Jill and Ms. Johnson. He has been in the school since he was 2 1/2. We were new to the country and it was very hard for me to leave my son with people that I didn't know. Once I spoke with Ms. Gee I was convinced of the quality of the center. Every day it got better and better and saw how much my son was loving going to school. Now he is in Pre K and the experience is wonderful!!!
Dear GCC Staff:
Dear Mrs. Gee & the Staff of Greenbelt Children’s Center:
"Dear Mrs. Gee, At the end of this second week of school I want to thank you and all the staff of Greenbelt Children’s Center for making Pre-K such a positive experience for Samantha. She comes home every day, proud to tell me what new thing she learned or what she’s done. She’s excited to go to school in the morning and has such a wonderful time there.
I especially want to highlight what a gem Ms. Johnson is. Sam tells everyone who will listen how much she loves her teacher, and will often demonstrate the right way to do things by quoting her. “Ms. Johnson says to hold your pencil like this!” She has come home every day this past week anxious to show me the words and sentences that she’s written during the day. She often wants to practice writing and has told me that she plans to write a book! Please thank Ms. Johnson for me. I am grateful for her dedication to the children, and I appreciate how she has inspired a love of learning in my little girl.
"This is [my daughter's] ’s first week at the other school.. Let
me tell you that I miss your center so much. The excellent service and
care that GCC provided to [my daughter] and my family will never be replaced.
I truly miss taking my princess to your school. I know that at GCC she
was safe, loved and being educated the same way I would do at home. My
husband and relatives feel the same way about your school. If I ever come
back to the area of Greenbelt I will definitely take [my daughter] back
to your center. Please give my best regards to ... your staff... "
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