Many Garrett Park parents might rightly view preschool as a convenient option to keep their children occupied and supervised while they work or run errands. However, preschool is also much more than just childcare. It is a crucial stage in a child’s life that can have lasting effects on their further development, as well as their future success. But it all depends on choosing the right preschool program for your family and your child.
What Makes Garrett Park preschool programs Standout?
The reason that Garrett Park preschool programs stand out from many other programs in the neighborhood, is that the center is more than just a “parking place” for kids in their care:
It is this caring environment that parents love, and children long to be part of. Parents know their children are safe and well looked after, while they carry on with their own work or personal lives. Children long to go back to the programs, because it’s a fun and exciting place for a young child to be in.
Transformative Preschool Elements
Preschool is not mandatory in many jurisdictions across the world. However, research has shown that it can provide significant benefits for children from different backgrounds and abilities. Some of the transformative advantages of preschool include:
If you are a parent living in Garrett Park or its neighborhood, you can look forward to enrolling your child in high-quality preschool programs. These programs care for and support your child while you work or carry on with other personal engagements. But they also involve your child in transformational play-based activities that keep them healthy and engaged.
Beyond “caring”: How Early Education Transforms Young Minds
High-quality child care programs are critical to society. They take child caring stress off working parents, who must work to support the family’s lifestyle. They offer eager parents, who have taken a break from work life, to get back into the workforce and contribute to society. And, they strengthen the workforce, giving employers a larger pool of talent to choose from.
Families, who benefit from a preschool program at Garrett Park, certainly owe the center a debt of gratitude. These programs contribute immensely to enriching the lives of parents, families, communities, and employers in the neighborhood. However, children in the care of these programs, are the ultimate beneficiaries, because they receive more than just “care”!
Viewed in that lens, preschool is more than childcare because it is an investment in our children’s future. By enrolling your child in a high-quality preschool program at Garrett Park, you are giving them the best possible start in life. You are also contributing to the well-being of your community and the world.
MCCA has been recognized by the Maryland State Legislature for its commitment to Montgomery County issued a quality programs and special needs child care Proclamation in 2016 to MCCA for its commitment to Montgomery County child care for more than 50 years. MCCA was also selected as a 2018 nonprofit finalist for a MOXIE Award for boldness and innovation
MCCA is the oldest nonprofit licensed child care provider in Montgomery County and started its work in 1968 as a Community Action Project of the War on Poverty. Recognizing the need for quality child care programs in their neighborhoods, a group of local activists formed an association to establish centers in Montgomery County that would serve a diverse population and establish high standards for child care. Now, more than 50 years later, MCCA’s dedicated and expertly trained staff continue their tradition of providing high quality child care and play-based education for children.
Families with school aged children who can afford their child care expenses during the school year often struggle to afford the all-day programs they need when school is out for the summer. The Richard Krampf Summer Adventures Scholarship Fund was established to help provide children a safe and stimulating place to spend their weeks when school is out. Please contact an MCCA Director for details on how to apply.