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Early Childhood Program (Infant & Toddler Program and Preschool)

Welcome to the Early Childhood Program at Stone Ridge!

As a division of the Lower School, the Early Childhood Program provides a strong social, emotional, and academic foundation for our youngest learners at Stone Ridge. In keeping with the philosophy of the School, the Early Childhood Program is focused on the development of the whole person. By incorporating the five Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education, the program provides the first exposure to a Sacred Heart education for boys and girls from three months to four years of age. We provide the building blocks for a lifetime of learning based on faith, intellect, service, community, and growth.

The program encompasses an Infant/Toddler Program and a Preschool. The children are exposed to rich Sacred Heart traditions and participate in many of the School’s special feast days and celebrations. The Preschool students participate in music, French, and physical education classes. The Infants and Toddlers have age appropriate classes with the Lower School French teacher and art teacher.

We believe young children learn best through play, hands on activities, and rich interpersonal relationships. The children are encouraged to explore, interact, imagine, create, and solve problems. The Early Childhood Program at Stone Ridge teaches an integrated, theme-based curriculum that is designed to enhance cognitive, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social growth at developmentally appropriate levels. Above all, the program provides a safe, loving, creative, and stimulating environment and nurtures a love of learning.

I look forward to meeting you and working with your young child as he or she starts the journey to becoming a life-long learner in the Sacred Heart tradition.

Warm regards,

Meghan Ellis
Director of the Early Childhood Program


Early Childhood Program Information

Both the Infant/Toddler program and the Preschool class follow the Stone Ridge all-school calendar from late August to June.

The Infant & Toddler Program serves children three months to 2 ½ years old. The spaces are very limited in this program and priority is given to children of Stone Ridge faculty.  The classrooms open at 7:30 am and close at 5:00 pm (4:00 pm on Fridays).

The Preschool curriculum is designed for children approaching their 3rd birthday to 4 years of age.  The Preschool follows the daily schedule of the Lower School.  The school day begins at 8:00 am and dismissal is at 3:00 pm.  The children who attend Preschool may participate in Extended Day.

Infant/Toddler Tuition - $18,150              
Preschool Tuition - $17,900

Applying to the Early Childhood Program

Infant & Toddler Program: Please download and return the Early Childhood Application. There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.  For more information, contact: Meghan Ellis, Director, Early Childhood Program, at 301-657-4322, ext. 373.

Preschool: We ask that you begin the inquiry process by taking a moment to complete our short online inquiry form. Completing this form will not only alert the Admissions team of your interest, but will also provide you with a unique username and password via e-mail which you will use when you apply online.

Preschool Application Checklist:

  • Application Form and $50 Application Fee (online)
  • Teacher Recommendation (if applicable)
  • Student Records from Current School (if applicable)
  • Participation in a Stone Ridge Discovery Day

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