Montgomery Child Care Garrett Park

Center in Garrett Park, MD 20896

Montgomery Child Care Association strives to provide the highest quality child care and play-based education for children in Montgomery County, Maryland; professional training for child care providers; and advocacy for affordable, quality child care for families of all income levels, and for better training, pay and benefits for child care professionals.

MCCA is the oldest non-profit child care provider in Montgomery County, Maryland As a non-profit, our energy and resources focus 100% on our children and their families. All MCCA child care programs are State or nationally accredited. MCCA cares for over 1000 children, infants through schoolagers, at 14 locations countywide, and employs 180 professional staff. MCCA’s nationally recognized Training Institute educates child care providers throughout the DC metro area. MCCA is a leader in child care advocacy, working for quality child care for all families, and better work standards for child care professionals. MCCA is a private, non-profit 501©(3) charity, and a United Way (#8447) and Combined Federal Campaign (#13880) agency.
Child Ages:
4 years - 12 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Development
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7 AM - 6 PM

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All Montgomery Child Care Association centers implement The Creative Curriculum and Developmental Continuum Toolkit, a research-validated curriculum and assessment for young children that is approved by our Maryland State Board of Education. This child-centered, play-based curriculum fosters each child’s growth and learning through activities that promote healthy development and long-term educational achievement.

Child-Centered Planning:
Our developmentally appropriate curriculum emerges from careful observation of the children in each classroom. Each teaching team uses a formal system for observing their children’s developmental stages and interests.

During weekly planning, these observations help the team recognize what their children are ready to learn next, in order to plan appropriate hands-on activities within the framework of The Creative Curriculum. Weekly lesson plans and daily routines are posted and shared with families.

Assessment of each child’s development goes on throughout the year, and is shared with you at regularly scheduled Parent Conferences, or upon request.
Why Child-Centered and Play-Based?
The recent explosion in brain research shows that the human brain learns best when: The body is safe, healthy, fed and well-rested
The emotional context is positive and optimistic
The learner considers the experience meaningful and relevant
The activity is multi-sensory and experience-based
There are opportunities for the learner to “try again” with self-chosen repetition and practice
The learning takes place within warm, caring and supportive relationships

These principles are at the heart of a child-centered, play-based curriculum.

At Montgomery Child Care programs you will see:

Children learning language, math, science and more, through exploration and discovery with open-ended materials from choices like art, blocks, music and dramatic play Ample one-on-one attention from and conversation with a consistent, loving, responsive adult Active outdoor time that contributes to emotional and cognitive development, as well as physical development Daily reading and story times that children look forward to as an introduction to the world of literacy Opportunities for quiet time and rest.

Positive Discipline:
At Montgomery Child Care Association, we believe the goal of discipline is to guide children towards self-control. We provide a secure, comfortable environment where children are guided by clear and consistent limits. To model appropriate behavior and alternatives to violence, we do not use punishment in our programs. We help children learn appropriate ways to express their feelings, and we model respect, trust, honesty and caring for others.

We approach child guidance from a child development perspective. Techniques such as distraction and redirection are used with our youngest children. As children grow, we add to these approaches and use more language. We label children’s feelings and help them learn to express their feelings in words. As their cognitive abilities develop, we discuss and implement the logical consequences of inappropriate behavior.

We actively engage our schoolage children in making the rules for their program, writing their classroom constitution, and practicing conflict resolution strategies. This active involvement helps our schoolagers grow in self-esteem and personal power-traits which will help them resist peer pressure, gangs and other potentially negative influences throughout their lives.


At Montgomery Child Care Association, we honor the uniqueness of each child, and welcome all children regardless of developmental abilities. We create individualized plans for all our children, to identify each child’s strengths and areas of emerging growth and to provide strategies to support each child. These plans are reviewed and updated regularly, and shared with you.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we welcome and include children with special needs. An individual consultation helps us determine whether our program can meet the needs of your child.

When a child needs additional support, our staff and your family will work as a team to develop a comprehensive plan for your child. Our Education Director, School Age Resource Coordinator and Mental Health Consultant may help in this planning. We work closely with your family, your child’s school and county agencies serving children with special needs.


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