The search for a preschool that has awesome caregivers, an awesome curriculum, and doesn’t have a five year wait list (’cause that’s not awesome), can seem near impossible. CareLuLu, a new daycare search engine for the D.C.-metro area designed by a husband and wife team with two tots of their own, is making it easier to find a daycare that stands out in the crowd. Here, their picks for preschools that take learning to a whole new level.
What makes it cool: It’s an intergenerational program.
Kids learn from their elders (and vice versa) at Merritt Academy in Fairfax. How it works: Students as little as infants visit senior residents of the on-campus Sunrise Assisted Living Community on a weekly and monthly basis. They interact and learn from the seniors through arts and crafts, baking, singing, and story time.
9211 Arlington Blvd. (Fairfax, Va)
Kiddie Academy of Gainesville
What makes it cool: They’re totally plugged in.
This school, for kids ages six weeks to 12 years, knows that Generation Z basically comes pre-programed to use an iPhone (and any other device with a usb port). It’s one reason Kiddie Academy of Gainesville wholeheartedly embrace technology at this child care center. Besides computers, iPads, and Smartboards, this center offers parents a secured online video streaming—just in case you’re curious to know what your kid is up to at 2:07 pm each day. Now, when you tell junior you have your eyes on him…you really mean it!
13980 Estate Manor Dr. (Gainesville, Va)
Sela Public Charter School
What makes it cool: Kids learn Hebrew.
Sela Public Charter School in D.C. is a brand new free preschool that offers a bilingual immersion program in Hebrew. Hebrew preschool programs are few and far between, but what’s truly one of a kind about this school is that it aims to teach the Hebrew language without teaching the religion.
6015 -17 Chillum Place, NE (Manor Park)
Robin’s Nest Childcare
What makes it cool: It’s just like home.
If you like the vibe of a home day care, but feel the close quarters may limit your little leaper and bounder, Robin’s Nest Child Care might be just what you’re looking for. Equipped with a huge outdoor space, this spot manages to offer a nice blend of family and center care. The home-part of this daycare is also large enough to serve a capacity of 30 children, instead of the 5-12 kids home daycares often max out at.
13546 Travilah Rd. (North Potomac, Md)
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Photos courtesy of Carelulu and Merritt Academy