At the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Child Development Center (CDC), our early childhood educators provide a comprehensive, educational child care program for children from 10 weeks to five years of age. We will provide developmentally appropriate experiences and activities.
CDC programs help promote the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the young child. Using the guidelines of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), our trained associates will provide a variety of developmentally appropriate choices for growth in areas that support the domains within an MSDE approved curriculum. MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital CDC is licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care.
We are confident that your child will receive a quality education because our programs are designed to:
- Maximize the independence and enhance the potential of each child
- Provide individualized, quality services to children and their families
- Provide a family-centered program to ensure each family’s priorities, concerns, and cultures are addressed and incorporated into each child’s daily activities
- Include children as active participants in their learning experiences
- Provide planned learning activities and materials appropriate to each child’s developmental age
- Promote frequent, positive, and warm interaction among adults and children
In addition, we have an open-door policy and invite parents to join their child in the learning experience by participating in program activities, including lunch, field trips, and story time.
Admissions and Enrollment Requirements
Employees of MedStar Health, the campus’ professional office buildings, MedStar Good Samaritan’s physicians and their office staff are also eligible to use the center. A small percentage of full-time slots are available to the community, if space permits.
Admission is granted on a “first come first serve” basis. If the center or classroom is fully enrolled, names will be placed on a waiting list. Enrollment priority is as follows:
- MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Employees
- Other MedStar Health Employees
- General Public
We accept and welcome children of all abilities. Our program will make reasonable efforts to support the full inclusion of children who require additional support because of a physical, cognitive, social, or emotional need.
Enrollment is open to children ages 10 weeks to five years of age. All children must have proof of up-to-date immunizations and a signed health appraisal by a licensed physician before they may attend the center. Pre-registration is required with a non-refundable enrollment fee and two weeks’ security deposit (unless tuition is payroll deducted). The following forms are required prior to enrollment and are mandated by our regulatory agency:
- Child care application
- Contract agreement
- Meet my child
- Health inventory
- Parent’s guide to regulated child care
- Emergency form
- All other related forms to MedStar Good Samaritan CDC
A carefully planned, developmentally appropriate curriculum is followed throughout the year, integrating language, art, cognitive, science, social-emotional, motor, and self-help skills. The curriculum is based on monthly unit themes. The goal of the curriculum is to assist children in becoming independent lifelong learners. We are committed to creating and providing an atmosphere which allows children to develop an enthusiastic love for learning that they will carry with them to elementary school and beyond. Our new curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year will be Frogstreet.
Additionally, we will be providing additional enrichment programs, such as Spanish, sign language, art history, and literature appreciation. Teachers will also provide outdoor playtime and plan nature walks, picnics, and other outdoor learning opportunities.
Developmental Screening and Parent Conferences
Developmental screenings are conducted within 90 days of a child’s first day of enrollment and are regularly scheduled in the spring and fall of each year. Completed screening data forms are given to parents at scheduled conferences. Parents and teachers may also schedule conferences throughout the year as deemed necessary.
Child Development Center Staff
Each classroom is staffed by an early childhood educator and one assistant, depending on the classroom enrollment and ages of the children. Lead Teachers possess either an AA or BA degree in Early Childhood Education or related field or a Child Development Associate. Teaching Assistants have the 90-Hour Preschool and the 45-Hour Infant/Toddler Certification. All associates have First Aid/CPR certification as well as the MSDE Medication Administration Training, which is required to administer medication in a child care setting.
The daily schedule will vary depending on the classroom, but will include: circle time, small group time, outdoor time, large group time, meals/snack, and rest/nap time. A generalized schedule of daily activities is posted in each classroom. Schedules may vary from day to day depending on the specific activities planned, the age and needs of individual children, and the class as a whole.
In cases of inclement weather, we will make every effort to open the center. In severe conditions, the center may be minimally staffed. We understand that many hospital employees are considered essential, and we will do our best to accommodate work requirements. However, if the weather is too severe, we may need to open late or close entirely. To help with deciding when to change our operating times, we will follow the court system and MTA delays/closures. Our priority is always the safety of the children and staff. In severe weather, please only bring your children to the center if absolutely necessary.
For more information on our policies and procedures, read our Parent Handbook.
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Child Development Center
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239
Open January through December
Monday through Friday
6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Holiday and Emergency Closings
The Center closes for two professional development days each year, which parents are notified of in advance, one day each for New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, and two days each for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Educational Resources and Articles
- "Early Literacy Begins With You"
- Frog Street Early Childhood Education Curriculum
- "Make the Most of Playtime"
- Resources for Parents and Teachers on SEFEL (Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning)
- "Responding to Your Child's Bite"
- "Teaching Your Child to: Become Independent with Daily Routines"
- "Teaching Your Child to: Cooperate with Requests"
Fun Family Activity Ideas
Suggestions and Feedback
Would you like to offer suggestions on activities and events or share your feedback about the CDC? Email our director, Kimberly Whitacre.