Smithsonian Early Enrichment Classes for Babies 3-18 months

If you are waiting until your infant is older to introduce her to our incredible local Smithsonian Institutions, the wait is officially over: The Smithsonian offers classes for babies and parents!I just learned that the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) offers family workshops for young children and their parents to learn together. The curriculum is carefully crafted by early childhood educators with museum experience. The developmentally appropriate workshops promote critical thinking, Read more...

Preschool Fair Saturday October 5

Searching for a preschool for your child for this year or next? I think preschool fairs are one of the best ways to get a sense of the early childhood education options in our area, and on Saturday October 5th the Sandy Spring Friends School and the Olney Moms Group are co-hosting one! Sandy Friends School & Olney Moms Group Preschool Fair Saturday, October 05, 20139:00AM - 12:00PMSandy Spring Friends School16923 Norwood RoadSandy Spring, Maryland 20860Follow the signs Read more...

Mini Maker Faire in Silver Spring 9/29 – FREE

Free family festival demonstrates creative and unusual projects  to encourage kids to explore their own curiosities and to make something new and different.  The Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire is happening Sunday, September 29th at Veteran’s Plaza and the Silver Spring Civic Building in from12:00-5:00p.m. The Mini Maker Faire features free family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, scientists, tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, hackers, artists, and do-it-yourselfers Read more...

Sunday Free Workshop for Parents and Teachers from We Teach

What are you doing this Sunday morning, September 15, from 10am-noon?If your schedule is open, join WeTeach and TeachMama.com's Amy Mascott, me and more local parents and teachers for a fabulous workshop at  Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery in Gaithersburg.  The #WeTeach DC workshop will be all about technology, tips and tricks to make the back to school season better for parents' households and teachers' classrooms. The two hour, totally free learning session will be jam packed with Read more...

Langauage Stars Birthday Party Thursday May 2nd: Free Family Fun Event!

This post has been sponsored by Language Stars of Washington, DC. All writings and opinions are my own. Language Stars Free  Birthday Bash on Thursday May 2nd at 5pm in Gaithersburg A free foreign-language-learning themed family celebration?Language learning games and storytimes?Games and frolicking with The Little Gym and arts and crafts with Color Me Mine?Meet and greet (and picture taking) with Superman?A family goodie bag packed with prizes for kids (and a $25 off coupon Read more...

Woman of the Week: Anne Moriarty of Heart-Minder

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview local child development expert and workshop provider Anne Moriarty of Heart-Minder. Moriarty is a trained teacher of Conscious Discipline, a compassionate discipline philosophy that seeks to provide parents and teachers with the conscious awareness and skills needed to create safe, connected, problem-solving homes and classrooms. Moriarty offers a range of services: classes, workshops, parent discussion groups and guided children's playgroups.Read Read more...

School Openings and Education Events

Aspen Hill Community Nursery Open House and Community Registration Open House: Friday February 8, 9.45-11.45 am, New Member Registration: Saturday, Feb. 9, doors open at 8 am, registration 9-10am. 1001 Twinbrook Pkway, Rockville, MD. You are invited to learn about the Apsen Hill Community Nursery school, classes, and community. The school is a non-profit organization that is parent owned and operated, professionally staffed and licensed by the Maryland Department of Human Resources and Childcare Read more...

More Local School Open Houses

Want to win a HUGE prize pack of Clifford the Big Red Dog toys, games and books, valued at over $70? There will be FIVE winners and are very few entries! Come over to A Parent in America to enter and WIN!Feynman School Tours Wednesdays in January (January 17, 24, 31) at 9-10am. The Feynman School teaches children in preschool through first grade (second grade will  be added in 2013-14) and focuses on gifted/high learning potential students with the maturity to thrive in a deep and accelerated Read more...

School Open Houses and Kindergarten Readiness Event: Get Ready for Fall 2013

It's preschool and private school scouting season, and it's never too early to start planning your preschool gameplan for Fall 2013. Toddlers can begin pre-preschool programs, pre-K families can attend a kindergarten readiness panel, and parents can tour prospective schools. Kidville Bethesda's Kidville University (KVU) for Toddlers Spots are still open for Winter  2013 Monday/Wednesday 9:30-11:30, semester begins January 7.  This program promotes learning through play, exploration, and discovery; Read more...