A Brilliant Place For Your Child To Shine

Trusted And Responsible Care For Preschoolers And Before And After Care For School-Agers

A Brilliant Place For
Your Child To Shine

Trusted And Responsible Care For Preschoolers And Before And After Care For School-Agers

Preschool & Childcare Center Serving Gaithersburg, North Potomac, Potomac, Rockville & Silver Spring, MD

DUFIEF CENTER

Nurturing Teachers With Decades Of Experience

Teachers have been helping children here soar for decades, so your child benefits from consistency and nurturing expertise. This tight-knit team loves what they do, and your child feels happy, safe, and loved.

Perks Like Parking Make It A Smooth Day

Lots of free parking and large setbacks away from street traffic make pick-up and drop-off as comfortable and safe as possible.

Near Essentials And Parks
For Family Convenience

Near Essentials And Parks For Family Convenience

Zip through your errand list with grocery shopping and retail spots nearby. Choose from one of the many parks closeby to wind down after a busy day and catch up on the fun your little one had.

Outdoor Play Every
Day Grows Muscles

Your child climbs, runs, and jumps with friends outside on the playground, challenging growing muscles. Gardens your child tends to is hands-on learning that’s fun and teaches them about life cycles too.

Deep Cleaned Daily
To Safeguard Health

Your child’s spaces, classrooms, and bathrooms stay clean thanks to a dedicated, on-site cleaning staff who takes great care of keeping your child safe from cold and flu-causing germs daily.

Knowing Your Child Is Safe Is Paramount

Security features like limited access entryways and more assure you of transparency and a commitment to safety. Attentive teachers are always near and carry walkie talkies to stay in close communication with team members and ensure safety.

FAQ

    • Preschool
    • Kindergarten
    • School-age before and after school care
    • Year-round, 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Full and part time available
    • Yes
      • WPA and POC vouchers accepted – The guidelines for the Working Parents Assistance Program have recently changed.
      • Pre-Kindergarten expansion grant: Call or email Debbie Sullivan at 301-424-6282/ prekforall@academychild.com

We’ve Earned Two Sought-After Accreditations

FAQs

Yes!

  • Child Care Scholarship Program: https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/child-care-providers/child-care-scholarship-program
  • Federally funded, income based and fully integrated Pre-K program! Located in Rockville, Gaithersburg and Silver Spring locations: https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/families/accessing-prek
  • Pre-Kindergarten expansion grant: Call or email Debbie Sullivan at 301-424-6282/ prekforall@academychild.com
  • Preschool
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • School-age before and after school care
Due to the COVID-19 Health pandemic, Academy will not be allowing any parents or visitors inside our facilities to decrease the risk of exposure. All daily drop-off & pick-ups will take place outside the centers. Each center has its own specific procedure, please contact your center director for more details.
All meals beginning July 6, 2020 will be provided by the parent/guardian. Please plan to pack your child a healthy snack and lunch daily. Please refer to the Academy Family Handbook for healthy food choices in the classroom. Click here
All Academy locations are currently operating at reduced hours of 8:30am-5:30pm due to the additional cleaning and staffing requirement as an outcome of COVID-19.
At this time, all indoor extra-curricular activities (i.e. soccer, ballet, yoga) have been cancelled until further notice.
Each center is equipped with trained staff to facilitate the sanitation of toys and manipulatives throughout the day in addition to frequently touched surfaces. Each evening after pick-up, our buildings are professionally cleaned topped to bottom!
Academy follows guidance provided by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other state and local health officials. Please refer to the most recent COVID-19 guidance for licensed child care here: https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/system/files/filedepot/3/covid_guidance_full_080420.pdf
Each age group and program have their own capacity guidelines provided by the Maryland State Department of Education. Check with your center director for details.
Space permitting, part-week and part-day schedules are available at most of our locations for select programs.

how old is your child?

Preschool and Pre-K children must be 3 and 4 years old on or before September 1st as part of the MSDE age requirement.

2 - 18 months

24 - 36 months

3 - 4 years

4 - 5 years

K-5th grade

K-5th grade

K-5th grade

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