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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at RCNS varies for each age level and provides children with skills imperative for kindergarten as well as an appreciation for themselves, their peers and the world around them.

RCNS follows The Creative Curriculum, which develops skills in the following categories:

  • Language DevelopmentA block of text consisting of insprational words.
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts

The Creative Curriculum is an excellent, research-supported play-based learning program. “Play based” programs are explicitly child-centered and directed towards ensuring children learn skills that are critical for long-term academic success. Our teachers at RCNS believe that play is the primary modality of effective learning in these early childhood years. Extensive academic research supports the real-world experience of our teachers.

The children in the child-centered, play-based [preschool] programs did best academically at the end of kindergarten, but most importantly,continued to grow and make academic gains over the next 4 years….

A play-based program complements the child’s brain development and provides the basis for academic success. … “[L]earn through play” preschool is absolutely the best “academic” preschool your child can attend.
“Play Based Vs. Academic Preschools: What the Research Says” By Kathryn Ems, M.S. Full text of the article (PDF) for those interested in the details of these studies.


Our programs are designed to maintain a balance between freedom and guidance, group and individual activities, and active and quiet play.

Children spend their school day engaged in periods ofA girl playing with a house toy. free play, and large and small group activities. Activities include:

Time Activities
9:30 Arrival/Tabletop activities
9:50 Morning Meeting/Storytime
10:05 Large Group Activity
10:30 Independent Reading Time
10:40 Outdoor Play
11:20 Snack Time
11:35 Centers
12:15 Clean-up
12:20 Closing Circle
12:30 Dismissal


Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students and Staff

Rockville Community Nursery School admits students of any race, creed, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. RCNS does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, other school-administered programs, and employment of faculty and administrative staff.