Founded in 1975, The Family Academy of Bethesda started as a ‘home’ that took care of infants in the nearby neighborhoods of Bethesda. The once ‘family daycare’ still remains in its original home and office. Hence the name ‘Family Academy’. As more and more children enrolled, the ‘family’ grew to become a ‘center’. In 1999, Montessori Method was introduced and graduated to a Private School, approved by the Maryland Department of Education in 2000. The program was so successful that the school had to expand beyond the premises of 4324 Montgomery Avenue to accommodate the growing waitlist. We have a Toddler Camp (for ages 15 months to 2 years) and two Montessori classrooms (for ages 2.5 – 6 years). Thus, we have added three more campuses to our main location.
Infants / Toddlers and Office
We are one of the few schools in the area providing early childhood education beginning with Infant care at 6 weeks continuing to a Montessori Program from 2.5 to 6 years.
The Family Academy of Bethesda is a warm and loving childcare and early education center. It is located in a converted house in the heart of downtown Bethesda. Being in a house gives the center a home-like atmosphere, which eases the child from his or her home into the early educational environment. The Family Academy provides a nurturing and safe educational environment for children, promoting individualism. It also enhances the children’s self-esteem through positive reinforcement.
All Staff at The Family Academy have Early Childhood teaching backgrounds. Pre-school and Montessori Teachers have Montessori Degrees and all Staff is Certified in Infant /Child CPR and First Aid. Staff regularly attend workshops and training. The majority of the staff has been with the Academy for over 6 years, displaying the high level of commitment, satisfaction and morale.
The Family Academy has the privilege of two fenced-in playgrounds, which are shaded by trees. The playground features a wood-chip cushioned wood climber and slide, a playhouse, two sandboxes, and a spacious riding area for our numerous trikes, scooters, and minivans.