At The Ark Children’s Center, we believe that every student is an individual who has been created by God and has been blessed with special gifts. Our Christian preschool celebrates children in a safe and nurturing environment, one that promotes play, self-discovery, problem solving, social and emotional growth, developmentally appropriate learning, preacademic readiness, and sensory experiences. Our school environment encourages children to learn about God, practice daily prayer, and treat others with respect through Christian attitudes.

Our early childhood curriculum is approved by the MSDE and age appropriate for children ages 2 to 5. We offer exploration and sensory opportunities, preschool themes, preacademic readiness skills, and Christian education. Student Progress is shared through ongoing communication and parent-teacher conferences. The ARK is a non-profit organization licensed as a nursery program by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Child Care Administration.

Programs

2 YEAR OLDS

Classes are offered (8:30-12:30) 2 days a week, Monday & Tuesday. Children are not required to be potty trained. Focus on play, exploration, sensory fun, active discovery, social interaction & self-help skills. Classes meet two and three times a week for three hours with a smaller class size to make their first school experience a success! 

3 YEAR OLDS

Our 3’s program is offered 2 days or 3 days a week from 8:30-12:30. The ARK offers rich classroom experiences, weekly Chapel & Music instruction, a focus on social & emotional skills, with an emphasis on academic readiness skills. Children are not required to be potty-trained for our 2 day classes but must be potty competent for inclusion in our 3 day program. 

4 YEAR OLDS

Our 4’s program offers 3-day and 5-day sessions from 8:30-12:30. All children must be potty trained. These classes are designed to nurture social, emotional, and spiritual growth, communication skills, independence, decision-making skills, and to develop skills necessary for success in kindergarten. Weekly Chapel & Music instruction are offered. Our curriculum is the same for both the three and five day sessions, with additional extension opportunities offered in the 5-day program. 

Calendar

Register & Enroll

 

REGISTRATION

Church & Alumni Registration will be held on Monday, January 27th from 10-11 AM
Community Registration will be held on Wednesday, January 29th from 9:00- 10:30 AM
Remaining openings will be posted after our In-House/Church/Alumni Registration
by 2 PM on Monday, January 27th.

MAILING LIST

For inclusion in our 2020-21 Registration mailing list, kindly call the ARK office (301)774-5369 and provide us
with your first and last name, child’s name and age, mailing address and phone number. Our mailer goes out the first week in January and includes information about Open House, Visitations, registration forms, and procedures for late January registrations.

FORMS

Registration      Health Inventory      Emergency Form 

Tuition Agreement      Parent Agreement

 

For additional information, please call the office at 301-774-5369 or email

Resources

BROCHURE             HANDBOOK

CHILDCARE POLICY

Our Staff

Our staff are professionals who demonstrate creativity, patience, tenacity, and practice/model Christian values daily with children. Staff members comply with education requirements established by Maryland State Department of Education and have fingerprint clearances issued from the FBI and State of Maryland. They participate in Continuing Education courses annually and are trained in CPR and First Aid. All staff are required to complete Safe Sanctuary Training sanctioned by the United Methodist Church