The Playful Parent




I was driving down the road and saw a sign saying that Pre-school registration and open houses were already happening! If you are considering sending your little one to preschool or even private school you are going to want to start doing your research and completing registration soon! Important Dates to know: Waldorf Baptist Kindergarden & Pre-School’s registration opens February 1st and will fill up quickly. Grace Lutheran School is hosting an open house on February 6th for its popular and prestigious program. Blessed Lambs registration opens to public February 9th and slots will go SUPER fast! Goddard School hosts weekly “Welcome” open house every Wednesday 10:00AM – 12:00PM. Charles County Board of Education application and registration will open April 11th. Here is a list of great pre-school I have collected from personal experience and word of mouth from friends impressed with the programs.



Blessed Lambs

3 Port Tobacco Road

La Plata, MD 20646

(301) 934-2289

Information: Blessed Lambs Preschool believes each child is a child of God and should have every opportunity to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually to his/her fullest potential. Preschool program serves children ages 2-4.

Discovery Lane

3081 Old Washington Road

Waldorf, MD 20601


Information: Discovery Lane is a preschool serving students, 2-5. Discovery Lane was developed for families desiring an alternative childcare program that would encourage student interest and promote a gamut of healthy living experiences. Teachers are encouraged to promote a classroom environment that motivates students to investigate their environment and act as co-researchers to scaffold knowledge.

Good Shepherd

305 Smallwood Drive

Waldorf, MD 20602

(301) 645-7550

Information: Our school, which is approved by the Maryland Department of Education, has an excellent reputation for quality and caring. We serve three- and four-year-old children with morning and afternoon classes (9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Good Shepherd provides an opportunity for your child to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially within a nurturing and loving environment. Our program is designed to develop your whole child, using each child’s talents, interests and abilities.

The Goddard School

7005 Saint Florian Drive

Waldorf, MD 20603

(301) 638-9777

Goddard Website

Information: We are proud to be the only private preschool in Charles County that is accredited by NAEYC, implements a curriculum that has earned AdvancED accreditation after demonstrating the highest standards in early childhood education and a kindergarten program that is MSDE accredited.

Our Lady Little Christians Preschool

100 Village Street

Waldorf, MD 20602

(301) 645-7112

Information: Our Lady’s Little Christians is an early-learning program for children, three and four years-of-age, licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care. We adhere to all guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Washington. We are a nonprofit operation, funded solely by the tuition charged for each student. We offer small class sizes, a weekly chapel service, an introduction to Spanish, an introduction to Sign Language, a three-day program for three-year-olds, a five-day program for four-year-olds, and three-hour classes for all of our morning and afternoon sessions.

Waldorf Baptist Kindergarden & Pre-School

10045 Bunker Hill Road

Waldorf, MD 20603

(301) 645-5030

Information: Waldorf Baptist is an excellent preschool program for students ages 3-6.

Three Year Olds:  T/W/TH  (Must be 3 by September 1st.)

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Three Year Olds:  M-F  (Must be 3 by September 1st.)

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Four Year Olds:   T/W/TH   (Must be 4 by September 1st.)

9:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Four Year Olds:   M-F  (Must be 4 by September 1st.)

9:15 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Kindergarten:  M-F   9:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Archbishop Neale Catholic School

104 Port Tobacco Road

La Plata, MD 20646


Information: Archbishop Neale School is a private Catholic Elementary School located in La Plata, Maryland. We provide a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8 and our curriculum is centered on the Archdiocese of Washington graded course of study. We are fully accredited and teachers are certified by the state of Maryland in their specialty areas.

Charles County Board of Education

Radio Station Road

La Plata, MD 20646

The application process for the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) prekindergarten program begins Monday, April 11 at all Charles County public elementary schools. To be eligible for prekindergarten, students must be four years old by September 1. The selection of prekindergarten students is based on criteria and guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and CCPS. Placement in the program is based on need in three categories; see the website to see if you qualify.

Grace Christian Academy of Maryland

13000 Zekiah Drive

Waldorf, MD 20601


Information: Grace Christian Academy of Maryland is a PK-12 school, that is fully accredited by the Middle Atlantic Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International. (Formerly Grace Brethren Christian School (GBCS)

Grace Lutheran Church and School 

1200 Charles Street

PO Box 446

La Plata, MD 20646

(301) 932-0963

Mission: Our mission here at Grace Lutheran Church and School is God’s mission to reconcile all people to one another and to Christ, and by administering the Word and Sacraments, to strengthen all human relationships, so that in unity we might worship the Lord and be His servants to the world in Jesus’ name. Grace Lutheran Church and School offers several different worship formats in an effort to meet the needs of a wide variety of members and friends who worship here. Whatever time of worship or order or service you may choose, we pray that you will encounter the living God and receive His grace and forgiveness and that through the power of God’s Word – written, spoken, and sung – you may be empowered to live in Christ’s light and to share His Good News with others.

Saint Mary- Star of the Sea Preschool

6495 Indian Head Highway

Indian Head, MD 20640


Information: St. Mary, Star of the Sea is a private Catholic elementary school under the Archdiocese of Washington.

Southern Maryland Christian Academy

9805 Faith Baptist Church Road

White Plains, MD 20695

(301) 870-2550

Information: Our preschool is an all-day educational program for young learners, ages 2 – 4 years old.  These early years are extremely important and intimately tied to the future and educational success of your children.  Our diverse, qualified preschool teachers are wholly committed to loving each of their students and helping your young child to realize school is a fun and exciting place to be.  SMCA is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of  Child Care.

St. Mary’s Catholic School

13735 Notre Dame Place

Bryantown, MD 20617

(301) 932-6883

Information: St. Mary’s School provides a basic, traditional Catholic education to the parish communities including St. Mary’s in Bryantown, St. Michael’s, St. Dominic’s, and St. Francis de Sales. Families who are members of St. Mary’s in Newport and St. John Vianney are included as a courtesy. We serve children in grades Kindergarten through eight by developing their intellectual, social, physical, moral, and spiritual life.

St. Peter’s Elementary School
3310 St. Peter’s Drive

Waldorf, MD 20601


Information: St. Peter’s Catholic School is proud of its alumni and traditions. We foster excellence in every child. We educate the whole child through: Spirituality, Uniqueness, Belonging, Emotional Development, and Physical Development.

Waldorf Montessori School- Beddow

6008 Hampshire Cr

Waldorf, MD 20603


Information: The Beddow Montessori School is a private, non-sectarian school for children from ages 2 ½ years of age through age 12. Our philosophy is bas on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Students must be 2 ½ years of age by September 1 in order to be considered for the primary level classes and 5 years of age by September 1 to be considered for the full day primary program.

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