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Preschool Program with Extended Care. (7:00 am to 5:30 pm during the school year)

We believe…
Children should be allowed to experience childhood. Every child wants to learn and is curious about his/her world. At Mt. Airy Daycare & Learning Center we believe in enhancing each child’s innate sense of wonder by incorporating time for

socialization, self-discovery, and meaningful learning. We encourage children to ask questions, problem-solve, and make decisions. Children learn through play and are given many opportunities to engage in play.

We believe…
Children should have opportunities to be creative and expressive in their own way. Every child is given opportunities to express himself/herself in a creative and constructive manner through a range of choices in an accepting and positive environment. Our classrooms and activities are organized to bring all components of learning together where children have opportunities to work and play together in many ways. Our educators are well-trained, loving teachers who strive to teach the whole child.


This is the beginning of an amazing adventure for every child and family!
Our Preschool Program with extended care is for children ages three through five years. A child can be registered for (2) to five (5) days per week, scheduled on the same days of each week. A child can attend between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Summer hours  are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm)


Classes are available for the following age groups:

  • 3- and 4-year-old Children
  • 4- and 5-year-old Children

Our Preschool program with extended care (all year long) includes the educational components of our preschool programs with care in the mornings and afternoons 12 months a year.


Preschool 3’s and 4’s (Extended Day Preschool)

*The Extended Day Preschool Class will be held 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Monday-Friday.

*Children must be 3 or 4 on or before September 1, 2024.  Three and Four year-olds must be toilet trained.

Days Offered Per Week

Weekly Tuition

5 Days


4 Days


3 Days


2 Days



Annual Registration

There is a $65 annual non-refundable registration fee for all children in our Preschool and School Age programs.   Registration continues throughout the year and children are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We welcome you and your child to come and tour the center.  This is a great opportunity for your child to join in the fun and get some exposure to our learning environment.  More information about our registration process is on our home page.

Curriculum and Assessment

  • The Creative Curriculum®, GOLD® by Teaching Strategies, LLC
  • MSDE approved curriculum and assessment

Play-based curriculum that incorporates all domains of learning based on children’s interests and needs.

The teachers implement developmentally appropriate practices that encourage and support children to learn through play and self-discovery.  A wide range of age-appropriate materials are provided to allow for the children to create, experiment, and discover.

Assessment is ongoing and Parent/Teacher Conferences are held in the Fall and in the Spring.


Accreditation and Maryland Excels
Maryland Schools Department of Education (MSDE)

Mt. Airy Daycare and Learning Center, Inc. is MSDE Accredited, an achievement that represents a commitment from our dedicated and knowledgeable staff to provide the best possible learning environment for the children and families we serve.

The accreditation process involves a program review, self-appraisal studies, an improvement plan, and site visits from MSDE validators.  Accredited programs are required to maintain the standards set forth in the validation process and supply documentation that all expectations have been fully met or there is a plan in place for continued improvement.

Our school participates in the Maryland Excels program.   We meet all of the criteria to be published at a level 5.  This is the highest level.

Sample of Our Schedule

  • Welcome and Arrival – Morning Choices
  • Group Meeting
  • Journals/Morning Work
  • Choice Time and Small Groups
  • Clean-Up and Bathroom Break
  • Group Time – Review and Share
  • Outdoor Choice Time
  • Lunch
  • Read Aloud
  • Rest and Quiet Activities
  • Bathroom Break, Hand Washing and Snack
  • Group Meeting – Highlights and Announcements
  • Outdoor Choice Time
  • Limited Choices and Departures

*This schedule is only a general outline, and the times and activities may vary and change according to the children’s interests and needs. 

MADLC is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care Administration (OCC).  We meet or exceed all guidelines as established by OCC to keep children safe and healthy in our care.   Our Preschool 3's program is licensed as an educational program.  Our goal for next year is to also be licensed as an educational program in our Preschool 4's classes as well.

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