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.  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.

Many agencies (Maryland State Department of Education, Center for Disease Control, Local Health Department, Montgomery County Health and Human Services, and Child Care Administration) have been hard at work coordinating efforts to issue new safeguards and consider reasonable practices within school settings. Our Staff is very excited about the upcoming school year and are fully committed to complying with many new health and operations regulations that have been established since last March. With your partnership and support, our program and its’ staff, students, and families will adjust to these new guidelines.

 

 

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, on Monday & Tuesday or 3 days, Wednesday - Friday from 8:30-12:30. The ARK offers rich classroom experiences, weekly Chapel, 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, Wednesday - Friday and 5-day, Monday - Friday sessions from 8:30-12:30. All children must be potty trained. These classes are designed to nurture social and emotional growth, communication skills, independence, decision-making skills, and to develop skills necessary for success in kindergarten.  Children will also enjoy a dynamic weekly Chapel instruction to encourage spiritual growth. Our curriculum is the same for both the three and five day sessions, with additional extension opportunities offered in the 5-day program. 

2020-21 Calendar

Year at a Glance

Register & Enroll

 

REGISTRATION

We have limited openings for the 2020-21 school year. Please contact the office for details.

MAILING LIST

For inclusion in our 2021-22 Registration mailing list, kindly email and provide us
with your first and last name, child’s name and age, mailing address and phone number. Registration information will be sent at the end of January and will include information about Virtual Open House, registration forms, and procedures for registration.

FORMS

Registration      Health Inventory      Emergency Form

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

From the Director's Desk

Letters from the Director

       Reopening News, October 13, 2020

       COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Facilities

       Getting Ready for the Year Ahead, October 

Stay Connected

Class Shutterfly sites allow parents to stay connected to Class News, ways to Build Your Family Faith, Instill a Love of Reading, and Continue the Fun at Home. The News from the Office, Helpful Links, and Parent Resources sections provide continued communication from our Office. Best of all, you will get a glimpse of the many class happening and your children at work and play through weekly photos! 

It is best to view these class Share Sites from a desktop or tablet as phone screens do not allow full viewing capabilities, or access to all of the posted information.

 

 

     

Resources

HANDBOOK

GUIDE TO REGULATED CHILDCARE 

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