~ Programs

We believe that early childhood should be a time of play, exploration, and creativity. Teacher-directed activities are balanced with child-directed activities, outdoor time in our wonderful playground, music, and art. Music class is held weekly September through May. Our 4-year olds also have drama class and participate in three performances throughout the year. Woods CDC has implemented both a values curriculum and a Christian education program on a center-wide basis. Weekly chapel is held October through May.

In a nurturing, safe environment, each day is filled with learning opportunities in language and literacy, math, science, social studies, and/or the arts. Our lessons are based on The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and the Maryland Model for School Readiness. Our aim is to prepare children socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively for school success. Our learning goals for the children are the same in both the Full Day and Part Day programs. By providing many and varied activities that are individually and age appropriate, CDC recognizes the uniqueness of each child while at the same time fostering the child's sense of place within the larger school family.

Woods CDC takes exceptional pride in its experienced staff. Each classroom is staffed with a degreed teacher and one to three support staff. Our staff–to-child ratio exceeds State regulations and provides an environment that encourages adult/child interaction and individual attention.

Through careful observation and assessment practices, our staff is able to meet the individual needs of each child in small and large group settings. Progress reports and parent conferences are completed twice yearly.

Part Day Preschool Program

Our Part Day Preschool Program follows a traditional nursery school schedule with classes running September through late May or mid-June, depending on the age group, with set arrival and pick-up times. Each group has its own classroom and teaching staff separate from the Full Day program. Parent conferences are held in January and at the end of the school year.

Full Day Childcare Program

Our Full Day program operates Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on a year-round basis. Placements are available on a 10-month (Sept. to June) or 12-month (July to June) contract. Two or three days per week for 10 or 12 months are also available on a limited basis. We do not have a drop-in program.

Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided, depending on a child's arrival and departure times. Our menu and food plan are administered under the regulation and guidelines of the MSDE Food and Nutrition Program.