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Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

COVID PROGRAM UPDATES

Strategies to Practice Social Distancing
How is Wonders practicing social distancing?
  • Staggering arrival and dismissal time for children 
  • Avoid mixing groups of children 
  • Prohibit parents/ guardians from entering the building 
  • Maintaining 6 feet distance between children and staff when direct care is not being provided
  • Creating distance (6 feet) between tables and other spaces occupied by children
  • Incorporating outside play time one group outside at a time
  • Limiting item sharing
  • Avoiding mixing of groups of children and teachers  
We use our playgrounds to promote outdoor play. Only one group uses the playground at a time and it is cleaned and disinfected after each use. 

Early Learning Programs (Click to Expand)

Wonders Early Learning is currently open and serving small pods of children at our Edgemoor Early Learning location and will be opening on August 31, 2020 at our Leland Early Learning location. The health and safety of the children, families, and educators of Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day has always been our top priority. The CDC and local health department guidelines, along with MSDE licensing regulations are informing our policies and procedures. It is always our commitment and especially now during this ongoing public health crisis, that we create and maintain conditions where all families enroll with the knowledge and promise of mutual trust, transparency, and respect for our community’s health and well being. Our programs are NAEYC accredited and teach the foundations of lifelong learning and social responsibility. Our professional and creative teachers support the interests of each child, helping children grow in social-emotional and cognitive skill development through hands-on experimentation with materials and concepts. Curriculum planning in all of our early childhood programs is guided by The Creative Curriculum, a comprehensive, research-based approach to teaching. We believe in using teaching methods that match the way children develop and learn. 

If you have any questions, please contact Miciel DeMarco.
Wonders Early Learning COVID-19 Policies & Procedures 
Wonders Early Learning programs are committed to the health and safety of all individuals. To that end, the following policies and procedures are in place at the recommendation of the CDC, Department of Health, MSDE and OCC. As our community moves through the re-open stages, this document will be updated to reflect up to date recommendations.

Maryland Extended Day Programs (Click to Expand)

Wonders Extended Day (MD) Distance Learning
Wonders Extended Day will be open and hosting full-time distance learning hubs at our Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Little Falls Extended Day locations. The health and safety of the children, families, and educators of Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day has always been our top priority. The CDC and local health department guidelines, along with MSDE licensing regulations are informing our policies and procedures. It is always our commitment and especially now during this ongoing public health crisis, that we create and maintain conditions where all families enroll with the knowledge and promise of mutual trust, transparency, and respect for our community’s health and well being. Our professional and creative teachers support the interests of each child by thoughtfully and safely bringing children together in a learning environment that will support their virtual learning experience as well as provide well supervised and engaging opportunities to learn through play.

Registration for Little Falls, Chevy Chase, and Bethesda is now open. Little Falls will open on Monday, August 31. Our reopening date for Bethesda and Chevy Chase is tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 14th. Once a firm open date is provided by MCPS, we will notify families registered for Distance Learning at Bethesda and Chevy Chase. All registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $25. We will notify you of the status of your application within 24 hours. A deposit of $600 is required and will be collected when the start date is confirmed with MCPS. We require a 60-day notification of withdrawal in order to receive a deposit refund. Information about financial assistance, employer assistance, and state and local subsidies can be found on our website.

Here are the Wonders and MCPS schedules which details the times for the virtual school day and Wonders programming.

If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Jessee.
Wonders Outdoor Extended Day
Wonders is excited to offer another great after school experience for school-age children, Wonders Outdoor Extended Day. After a full day of virtual learning, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Through group games and guided play, Wonders will facilitate positive interactions, all while enjoying the benefits of outdoor spaces. Activities will include arts and crafts, STEAM, outdoor exploration, visiting parks, and utilizing the Capital Crescent Trail.

Our home base will be outside of our Wonders Early Learning at Leland program, located at 4301 Willow Ln., Chevy Chase. We have a separate entrance into the building to access single-use bathrooms and sinks for frequent hand washing. We will continue to follow social distancing recommendations and require masks when activities do not allow for social distancing. Wonders COVID-19 policies can be found here. The group size will consist of 13 children and 2 adults, led by Program Director of Horace Mann, Tim Fuir, and supported by a Wonders teacher. The group will be a blend of children in grades K-5th grade.

Hours and Days of operation:
Tuesday, September 8-Friday Friday, October 16
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.- 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Wednesdays- 1:00 pm-5:30 pm (Parents provide snacks for children to bring with them)

Enrollment is weekly and can be completed here. Weekly tuition is $100. Children must be signed in and picked up by an authorized person over the age of 16.

Inclement weather policy- Program updates and cancellation notification, in the event of bad weather, will be shared with parents no later than one hour before the program is to begin.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Fuir.
Wonders Extended Day (MD) COVID-19 Policies & Procedures 
Wonders Extended Day programs are committed to the health and safety of all individuals. To that end, the following policies and procedures are in place at the recommendation of the CDC, Department of Health, MSDE and OCC. As our community moves through the re-open stages, this document will be updated to reflect up to date recommendations.

DC Extended Day Programs (Click to Expand)

Wonders Extended Day (DC) COVID-19 Policies & Procedures 
Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day programs are committed to the health and safety of all individuals. To that end, the following policies and procedures are in place at the recommendation of the CDC, DC Health, and OSSE. As our community moves through the re-open stages, this document will be updated to reflect up to date recommendations.

If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Jessee.
Wonders Extended Day (DC) Distance Learning
Wonders is exploring opportunities to offer in-person distance learning support to school-age children. Distance Learning Support provides full-time care from 8:30 am-5:30 pm, M-F. Children will receive support through the virtual school day and enjoy our engaging and enriching Wonders program when distance learning is not occurring.
We are awaiting more guidance from DCPS and OSSE on our ability to operate distance learning support in our Horace Mann location. We are also awaiting more guidance to operate distance learning support at our Milton location. We will update this information as we receive it as well as send information to parents via email and text alert.

Virtual Programming

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day is excited to bring the best of Wonders programming right into your home with an all new virtual program for Fall 2020! Come ready to connect with old friends and make new friends. Enjoy all of your favorite Wonders activities, venture to the end of the Earth, explore new skills and learn with the support of your Wonders community. Activities will emphasize interaction, engagement, and movement. Daily themes will include Active Games, Art, STEAM challenges, Games and Trivia, and specialty projects on "Fun Fridays".

The Wonders Fall 2020 Virtual Program is for children ages 5 and up and will be offered Monday-Friday, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Enrollment can be weekly with a tuition of $100/week OR monthly with a tuition of $350/month, billed bi-weekly. Our Virtual Program will be led by Missy Mandell, Assistant Director of Wonders Extended Day at Bethesda. We must have a minimum of 20 children enrolled for the virtual program to operate. Enrollment is M-F and there are drop-in options available for $25/day. Register today!

If you have questions, please contact Missy Mandell.
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