Bethesda Community School, Inc. is a private, non-profit, non-discriminatory school for children, pre-school through kindergarten.  The school program is approved by the State Department of Education to operate a non-public educational program for a nursery school – ages 2, 3, 4 and kindergarten.  The school day for 2 year, 3 year and four year olds is 9 - 12 and Kindergarten 8:30 - 2:30.  Before and after child care is licensed by the State Department of Education Office of Child Care.

Bethesda Community School is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for fully meeting the standards of quality as outlined in the MSDE Standards for Implementing Quality Early Childhood Programs.

The school year runs from the beginning of September to mid-June.  Our Summer Program runs from mid-June through mid-August.  Our school is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for school and /or child care.

Children may enroll at 2  years of age.  A child must be 3 years of age or 4 years of age on or before September 1st of the school year to be age-eligible for admission to a nursery school program during that school year.  Children younger than 3 by September 1st of the school year are licensed by the State Department of Education Office of Child Care.  Children entering our program at the age of two years and six months need not be toilet trained; however, all children need to be toilet trained by the age of three.

We accept children on a first come, first serve basis.  We feel that we have a good mixture of children due to this policy and feel that the children benefit and learn from shared experiences with other children from varied backgrounds.    

The Director and the staff will be available at any time to answer your questions and help you in any way we can.
                               
                                         School Purpose

Our main objective is to encourage self-confidence in the children to help them feel secure when approaching developmentally age appropriate new areas of learning and experience.

An atmosphere of encouragement and approval in a learning environment is provided.  We feel children learn through personal experience and we, therefore, present many open-ended learning situations where children can learn and create at their own developmental rate.

The basic learning skills are presented and reinforced through individual, as well as group direction.  This prepares the child for future classroom experiences and still gives them the personal contact and approval so necessary for young children.