Child Care and Preschools 2–5 Years

Baltimore Montessori
1530 E. Fort Avenue, 21230; 443-980-7449
1729 Gough Street, 21231; 443-980-7449
The Baltimore Montessori operates two full-time preschools that operate year-round, both of which are located within walking neighborhoods. The Fell’s Point and Locust Point schools serve children 2–5 years old, including those who are not yet potty trained. The curriculum utilizes traditional Montessori materials to teach practical life skills, sensorial skills, math, language, and culture. The schools offer Spanish as a second language, music, art, cooking, and playtime in their private outdoor playgrounds. A morning snack of fruit and milk, lunch, and an afternoon snack are also provided. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at the Fell’s Point location and 7:30 a.m–6 p.m. at the Locust Point location.

Bolton Hill Nursery School and Daycare
1316 Park Avenue, 21217; 410-669-3668
Bolton Hill Nursery School is located on the second floor of the Brown Memorial Church in Bolton Hill, serving children 2–5 years old. The preschool groups the children by age into three classrooms where they experience play-based and hands-on learning activities that promote art, music, nature, and creative movement. Children also engage in multiple activities and field trips that have included apple picking, a farmer’s market, the zoo, a ride on the light rail, and other venues, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera House. Half-day nursery programs and flexible three-, four-, and five-day programs are available. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Christ Church Nursery School
701 S. Charles Street, 21230; 410-752-7179
Christ Church Nursery School is located in Federal Hill and offers a preschool program for children 2–5 years old. The program’s mission is to provide education in a spiritual environment while nurturing the intellectual, social-emotional, and physical growth of the children. The curriculum focuses on play-based, hands-on explorative learning through circle and story times, music, art, quiet play, outdoor play, and chapel. Children 2–3 years old attend the nursery school in the morning hours for two and three days per week, while the 4- and 5-year-olds attend Monday through Thursday for traditional school hours. Prospective parents may schedule an appointment to observe a class. The nursery school typically maintains a wait list. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Federal Hill Montessori
1300 S. Charles St 21230, 410-929-1628
Located just two blocks from Cross Street Market in a sun-filled corner-lot building, Federal Hill Montessori serves children 2–5 years old. The primary program for children ages 3 – 5 years meets from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and the preliminary program for children ages 2 – 3 years meets from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Classes run Monday through Friday year-round. In addition to the traditional Montessori curriculum, Chinese (Mandarin) is also integrated into the main course work. Students will learn to read, write, and speak Chinese in addition to learning Chinese songs and stories. More languages and full-day programs will be coming soon.

Grace and St. Peter’s School
707 Park Avenue, 21201; 410-539-1395
Grace & St. Peter’s is an independent Episcopal day school located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood offering a preschool program for incoming 3-year-olds and continuing through the fourth grade. The preschool promotes play-based learning and teacher-guided projects to help acquire knowledge and experience with art, social studies, music, and science. The children also take frequent walks to nearby locations, such as the Mount Vernon Square for a picnic lunch, as well as participate in field trips to the farm and zoo. Lunch and snacks are provided. The school year runs from September through mid-June. Daily instruction is held from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; however, hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. to include optional before- and after-school care.

Our Lady of Fatima School
6400 E. Pratt Street, 21224; 410-633-5882
Our Lady of Fatima School, located on E. Pratt Street near the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, enrolls children 3–5 years old in their preschool program and continues through the eighth grade. The school follows the standards-based curriculum as outlined in the Archdiocese Baltimore Course of Study and promotes self-directed inquiry and hands-on experiences in their pre-k programs. Social skills are stressed in the 3- and 4-year-old program, while creative and critical thinking skills are initiated in kindergarten. Regular school hours are 8 a.m.–3 p.m. with early morning care beginning at 6:30 a.m. and after-school care running 3–6 p.m.

Parents and Children Together (PACT)
3200 Dillon Street, 21224; 410-995-0118
The PACT program offers an opportunity for parents to come together weekly to study and share information about the growth and development of their preschooler while children participate in a licensed program. The times vary depending upon the age of the child: 2-year-olds attend for 1.5 hours on Tuesday mornings; 3-year-olds attend Monday and Thursday morning; 4-year-olds attend Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons. This is a part-time program and requires parent involvement.

Park Heights JCC Meyerhoff ECE Center
5700 Park Heights Avenue, 21215; 410-500-5936
Located at at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Community Center in Baltimore County, the Park Heights JCC Meyerhoff ECE Center is the nearest Jewish preschool to the downtown area. At the Meyerhoff ECE Center the strengths, needs, and interests of each child are addressed through an integrated, play-based approach to early childhood education that comes from a deep understanding of Developmentally Appropriate Practices. With parents as our partners, every teacher acts as the facilitator of the learning process. The Meyerhoff ECE Center is dedicated to the principles of Derech Eretz – teaching respect for ourselves, each other, and for the world around us. Children are introduced to the Jewish holidays and Jewish values are integrated throughout the program. The Meyerhoff ECE Center offers a flexible 2, 3 or 5 day schedule for two year olds, and either a 3 or 5 day schedule for 3 and 4 year olds. The preschool day is from 9:00 – 3:00 pm with early drop off and late pick up available. Our incredible play-based program also includes: Music,Physical Education, Instructional Swim, Time In: Movement and Meditation for Young Children, Field Trips and a Hot Lunch program. In addition, the Meyerhoff ECE Center offers programming for 3 months to 24 months, as well as a summer camp that runs from mid-June through mid-August.

Streetlite Christian Child Development Center

1121 Riverside Avenue, 21230; 410-539-2002
Streetlite Christian Child Development Center is located in Federal Hill and serves children 2 to 5 years old, including those who are not yet potty trained. Their goal is to partner with the family in nurturing the whole child in the areas of intellectual, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual development. The curriculum is designed for active learning through hands-on play-based activities, which primarily take place in a learning center environment. Weekly themes and Bible learning are age-appropriate and include opportunities for art, books, blocks, nature, music, home living, dramatic play, games, manipulative play, circle time, and outdoor play. Spanish is also taught. The program offers two-, three-, and five-day a week schedules for each age group. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (for 4-year-olds only) schedules specifically offered. If space is available, additional hours of care can be provided for an extra fee.
For more information please contact Director Carol Zimmerman at czstreetlite@gmail.com

The New Century School
724 South Ann Street, 21231; 410-929-4116
The New Century School is located in the wonderful, lively neighborhood of Fell’s Point in the former location of the Mother Seton Academy. The location is convenient to the residents of Southeast Baltimore as well as to families who commute into Baltimore to work. The New Century School offers a high-quality individualized education in a supportive environment. The preschool program follows a Montessori curriculum, stressing choice, learning from peers, and the cultivation of concentration. The elementary program takes a modified Montessori approach, featuring small mixed-aged classes, technology, arts, and hands-on science. School-wide, we focus on teaching children to be gracious and kind to one another. Children are encouraged to make choices based upon their interests and knowledge and are given clear guidelines for acceptable behavior that is positively and consistently reinforced. While the core school hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., extended care is available in the morning at 7:30 a.m. and in the evening until 6:00 p.m.

Vera Shank Preschool at the Baltimore American Indian Center
1633 E. Lombard Street, 21231; 410-327-3795
The Vera Shank Child Care Center is owned by the local Lumbee tribe and located at the Baltimore American Indian Center in Fell’s Point. As part of its services to the community at large, the center offers full day, year-round care for children 2 years to 5 years old, promoting total growth of each child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual development. The program offers a theme-based preschool curriculum that celebrates the seasons and holidays, and teaches Native American values and ideals by incorporating storytelling and native music and dance. Every year, children participate in a powwow at the Timonium Fairgrounds, and each month the older children attend a field trip. The center also offers multiple outings during their summer program that include bowling, roller skating, and movie days. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included. Hours of operation are 7:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Waldorf School of Baltimore: Early Childhood programs
4801 Tamarind Road, 21209; 410-367-6808
The Waldorf School of Baltimore is conveniently located close to Sinai Hospital in the Coldspring/Newtown community. In our caring and supportive surroundings we stimulate and nurture each child’s creative power and innate capacities for growth. Waldorf early childhood classes provide the initial building blocks for long-term academic success. Storytelling, puppetry, nature exploration, art, music, and crafts are just some of the activities used to engage our children and prepare them for the formal teaching of reading, writing, math, and science in grade school. Nourishing homemade snacks, free play time, and rest time are scheduled daily in all classes.Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Full-day classes are dismissed at 3:00 p.m. Morning classes are dismissed at noon and 11:00 a.m. (for our 2 ½ to 3 ½ nursery). Early birds can arrive at 7:30 a.m. After school care is available until 6:00 p.m. for full-day children.