Local Churches Offer Child Care Options
It's registration time for most preschools and child care centers for the next school year.
Numerous churches on the Broadneck peninsula offer preschool/child care options for local families, resulting in a win-win for everyone.
For churches, offering child care fulfils their mission to reach out and provide assistance to their community. But it can also help revitalize the congregation and bring in new members.
For many parents, churches seem like less of a business, and also give parents a sense of comfort that those taking care of their precious little ones are good, caring, and trustworthy.
Most local programs have already started or are about to begin registration for the next school year.
Here is a list of local churches who offer either half-day, full-day, and/or extended care for children.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1605 Pleasant Plans Rd., Annapolis, Md. 21409, 410-757-2333
This school offers Mon.-Weds.-Fri. morning and afternoon classes for three-year-olds and Mon.-Fri classes for four-year-olds. Tues.-Thurs. classes for two-year olds are also offered, as well as Mon.-Friday Kindergarten classes for five-year-olds. Extended care is available between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. before school and from 3 to 6:00 p.m. after school. They also offer a Lunch Bunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
College Parkway Baptist Church, 301 College Pkwy., Arnold, Md. 21012, 410-647-9224
They also offer preschool classes for two- and three-year-olds and pre-Kindergarten classes for children aged four and five.
Cape St. Claire United Methodist Church, 855 Chestnut Tree Dr, Annapolis, Md. 21409, 410-757-2271
This center offers a year round pre-school program, day care for three- and four-year-olds and before and after care for Kindergarten children attending Cape St. Claire Elementary. Extended care is provided for enrolled Kindergarten students at no extra charge on days when public schools are closed and CKC is open, including most school holidays, emergency closings, late openings, early closings, and election days. Fall registration begins March 10.
St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church, 701 College Pkwy., Annapolis, Md. 21409, 410-974-1994
The church offers Mon.-Wed.-Fri. classes from 9-11:30 a.m. and Tues.-Thurs. classes from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for three- and four-year-olds, as well as PreK-4 and 5 classes on Mon.-Fri. Their Mother’s Morning Out programs for two-year-olds on Mon., Wed. or Fri., 9-11:15 a.m. are very popular and fill up quickly.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 78 Church Rd., Arnold, Md. 21012, 410-757-7113
The school, now in its 31st year, offers classes for two-year-olds on one or two days per week; three-year-olds on two or three days per week, and four-year-old classes on three or four days per week. The Pre-K classes are offered five days a week for half a day. Extended care is also offered 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., and an optional lunch program operates daily 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for children enrolled in class.
Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church, 1281 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, Md. 21409, 410-757-6556
This preschool program is for two-, three-, and four-year-olds, as well as a PreK program that uses the Open Court reading readiness program used by the county school system. Officials say after completion of this program, children are fully prepared to enter Kindergarten. Their "Lunch Bunch" optional lunch program is available daily from 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m., allowing children to develop and learn important social skills for $5 a day.