Baby and Maternity Directory: Childcare & Early Childhood Education

When the baby comes, you want your childcare and schooling options to already be at your fingertips. Explore a handful of education opportunities for young children in the DMV  below, and see more in our 2022 Baby and Maternity Directory in the June issue of Washington FAMILY.

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Ages 8 weeks to 5 years can have fun and learn in a park-like setting near downtown Fairfax, Virginia, and even have mom or dad join for some planned family activities. Since 1983, A Child’s Place has been committed to child care and education with very little staff turnover.

The Waldorf private education model is at work at this kindergarten and nursery in Silver Spring. Join in for Parent and Toddler outdoor classes for children 18 to 30 months at Acorn Hill beginning this fall. The nursery program begins at age 3, featuring free play and enrichment activities primarily outdoors, fostering natural gifts through imitation, fantasy, and invention.

Learning through play is the technique used at Gymboree Play & Music in Washington, D.C. Children between birth and 5 years receive age-appropriate classes including their own exploration and family play and music time.

As a new mom, it’s never too early to begin noticing your child’s potential. The Feynman School in Potomac will be ready to provide a stimulating and encouraging environment for your child by age 4. This school for gifted learners also includes ample unstructured play time.

Foundations of learning can begin with infants. Age-appropriate curriculum that develops social emotional skills and encourages parents to reinforce skills in the classroom and at home begins at 3 months at Friendship Children’s Center, in D.C.


A Child’s Place
3100 Prosperity Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22308
A Child’s Place in Fairfax was established in 1981 and serves children 8 weeks to 5 years old. Please stop by for a visit.


Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery
[email protected]
9504 Brunett Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20901
This agency offers ongoing birth to age 3 parenting classes, September through June: Parent-infant (6 weeks to 1 year), parent-toddler (1 to 2 years) and parent-child (2 to 3 years). Parents learn games, songs and spend time mindfully attuning to their babies while supporting their development.


Gymboree Play & Music
[email protected]
2639 Connecticut Ave. NW #113
Washington, DC 20008
Gymboree Play and Music classes are intentionally designed for early childhood development. Through play, your child is challenged physically, socially and cognitively, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning. Expert play leaders support parents through 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to play, explore and learn. The custom designed curriculum challenge your children as they grow, with changing playscapes and themes every three weeks.


Feynman School
[email protected]
11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Grades: Preschool-Grade 8
Open House: Call to schedule a tour.
The area’s leader in educating academically-gifted children, Feynman School features extraordinary programs in science, math, language arts, theater and music designed to maximize your child’s potential.


Friendship Children’s Center
5411 Western Ave. NW
5310 43rd St.
Washington, DC 20015
Friendship Children’s Center cares for children from infants to pre-kindergarteners. The center offers a creative curriculum. music, dance, yoga and Spanish classes, plus intergenerational activities, community outreach and educational outings with full-time, part-time or morning preschool opportunities. Call for enrollment information.



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