Our small class sizes and location on Notre Dame of Maryland University’s park-like campus offer unique educational opportunities to take learning outside. As a designated lab school, we also welcome teaching students from NDMU and nearby universities that further enriches learning for ACP children.

Our Classrooms

Each classroom has a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. The school is divided into four classrooms, each containing a specific age group.

Age Room Teacher to Child Ratio
Preschool 2s (Older 2s – 3rd birthday between Sept. 1 – Dec. 31) Room 2 1:6
Preschool 3s (3 years old by Sept. 1st) Room 1 1:10 (maximum 2:12)
Prekindergarten 4s (4 years old by Sept. 1st) Big Room 1:10 (maximum 2:20)
Kindergarten 5 (5 years old by Sept. 1) Room 4 1:10 (maximum 2:16)

The preschool instructional day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Before and after care is provided at no additional cost from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

NEW: Join the Lunch Bunch!
  • Parents are required to pack a lunch daily for your child. A Child’s Place provides morning and afternoon snacks as well as milk at snack times and at lunch.
  • A Child’s Place is excited to offer a new Optional bagged lunch program for your preschooler this year! SAGE Dining will prepare bagged lunches that will be delivered directly to A Child’s Place for your child at lunchtime.
  • SAGE will provide a delicious lunch for your child at the cost of $5! Lunches must be purchased for a full week ($25) by the Monday prior to start of the session.
  • Dietary restrictions and selection of a vegetarian option can be requested when placing your order weekly.
  • Each bagged lunch will include a variety of items to appeal to the appetite of a preschooler. See the sample two seek menu below:
  Week 1 Week 2
Monday Chicken Nuggets
Pretzels
Baby Carrots/Ranch
Applesauce
Chicken Sandwich
Pretzels
Baby Carrots/Ranch
Applesauce
Tuesday Macaroni & Cheese
Orange Wedges
Sliced Cucumber/Ranch
Trail Mix
Baked Ziti
Orange Wedges
Sliced Cucumber/Ranch
Trail Mix
Wednesday
Hot Dog on Whole Wheat
Pita Chips
Sliced Apples
Go-Gurt
Corn Dogs
Pita Chips
Sliced Apples
Go-Gurt
Thursday Burgers on Whole Wheat
Mozzarella Cheese Stick
Celery Sticks/Sunbutter
Grapes
Grilled Cheese on Whole Wheat
Mozzarella Cheese Stick
Celery Sticks/Sunbutter
Grapes
Friday Pizza
NutriGrain Bar
Banana
Cherry Tomatoes/Ranch
French Bread Pizza/Pizza Bagels
NutriGrain Bar
Banana
Cherry Tomatoes/Ranch

*Water provided daily with SAGE lunch. Milk provided daily by A Child’s Place.

Lunch Bunch Payment

Our Teachers

Our staff consists of a director, an assistant director, four lead teachers, and three assistant teachers.

As part of accreditation requirements, all ACP lead teachers have either a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or an associate’s degree with a minimum number of credits in early childcare. 

ACP staff also participate in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program that recognizes early care and education personnel who go beyond requirements of State licensing and registration regulations. Lead teachers hold a Maryland Child Care Credential of level must hold a Maryland Child Care Credential of level five or higher. Assistant teachers hold a Maryland Child Care Credential of level two or higher.

Staff Training

A Child’s Place staff are trained in:

  • Childcare and COVID-19 Training
  • CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid
  • Medication Administration
  • Basic Health and Safety Training
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Active Shooter in a Childcare Setting
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Developmental Screening

Lab School

In addition to our teaching staff, a Child’s Place is a lab school for early learning majors in the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Education. We serve as an observation and training site for students from NDMU, Loyola University, Towson University, and Johns Hopkins University.

Due to COVID-19, visitors will not be allowed at this time.