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Early Childhood Academic Programs

The deadline for applications for the Ketcham ES Early Childhood Development Center was Friday, July 20, 2018. Thank you for your interest. We are currently in the process of reviewing applications, and will announce the selected provider here soon.

Please contact Alaina Smith at [email protected] with any related questions.

Below are a series of brief descriptions of the main curricula being implemented in DCPS Early Childhood classrooms. If you are interested in learning more about how these curricula are being implemented in a specific school, visit an open house or contact the school directly for more information. 

Creative Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed to help educators at all levels of experience plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels.

Tools of the Mind

Tools of the Mind is a research-based early childhood comprehensive innovative curriculum that helps young children to develop the cognitive, social-emotional, self-regulatory, and foundational academic skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.


The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn. Montessori teachers guide rather than instruct, linking each student with activities that meet his interests, needs, and developmental level. The classroom is designed to allow movement and collaboration, as it also promotes concentration and a sense of order.
- American Montessori Society

Dual Language

The following schools are implementing a Spanish/English Dual Language model in the Pre-Kindergarten program:

  • Bancroft Elementary School
  • Bruce-Monroe Elementary School
  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Houston Elementary School
  • Marie Reed Elementary School
  • Oyster Adams Bilingual School
  • Powell Elementary School
  • Tyler Elementary School