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Takoma Park Child Development Center's (TPCDC) curriculum draws on well-established child development and learning theories. Teachers work with children at their own pace to foster independence, cooperation, critical thinking skills, and overall development. TPCDC believes that play is the work of children and teachers provide children with creative engaging experiences through which learning unfolds.

At TPCDC we offer three main programs for children along with a Summer School Age Program. Below are descriptions of each program.

The Toddler Program
Children from 18 months to about 2.5 years are eligible for the toddler program. The student/teacher ratio averages 3:1 to ensure the highest quality of care for our youngest. The toddler program focuses on helping children achieve developmental milestones in a nurturing atmosphere.

The Preschool Program
The Preschool program is designed for children from 2.5 to 5 years. Group skills, cooperation, and developing a positive sense of self are important components of the Preschool curriculum. The student/teacher ratio in the preschool classrooms does not exceed 7:1. Children learn basic skills while having fun!

School Age Program
During the school year, TPCDC offers a before-and-after school program for children ages 6-12. Children may attend the morning option, the afternoon option or both programs. In addition children may choose to attend every day, or if space is available, contract to come only certain days of the week.

The school year program involves diverse activities, including art, music, movement, discussion groups and other lively activities designed to appeal to elementary school students, including their own playground with basketball hoop. A homework corner provides a quiet place for children who wish to do their school work.

The Center follows federal government closings for weather and therefore is often open when the public schools are closed. On these days, TPCDC offers full day programs for schoolagers. For an additional fee, families may also contract for full day care on other days when the schools are scheduled to be closed, such as teacher work days or school holidays when special "camps" are offered.

The Summer School Age Program
TPCDC offers a full-day summer program during the public school summer recess. This program can be contracted either for the full ten weeks, or in two-week sessions.

The summer program is designed to offer a creative and exciting way to spend hot summer days. The program makes use of local parks and swimming facilities, and sponsors regular field trips. Each session focuses on a special theme such as nature, music and movement, the circus, or sports.

The 2017 summer camp registration form can be found under the Handbook & Forms tab.