Year to Grow 

“The child who has felt a strong love for her surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work and play, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.” - Maria Montessori

Our Year to Grow (YTGMontessori-inspired Program at CCDS is the perfect combination of play and work and is blended in with our Primary Classes. Children have the option to stay for our Afternoon Enrichment Program (AEP) Monday through Wednesday until 2pm.


Often the decision to give a child an extra year is made intuitively; you may sense that an extra year in a preschool program is best.  Regardless of the reason one might consider a Year To Grow, the extra time and experience makes for a more independent, confident and prepared child who is ready and anxious to climb the educational ladder to kindergarten.

Some students gather outside to learn about nature
Is the Program academic? 


Yes and No,  everything that we do at CCDS is Montessori-inspired and based on best practices in education and current research.  Children need to have hands on learning experiences that are meaningful and relevant to their lives. Children need to MOVE and need to believe in themselves in order to become confident and competent leaders in our world. We provide them the opportunity to explore, imagine, create and play; indoors and out.

“Do not tell them how to do it.  Show them how to do it and do not say a word.  If you tell them, they will watch your lips move.  If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.” - Maria Montessori

We understand that children develop at different rates and speeds.  While some children may have mastered phonemic awareness, some may still need extra exposure and experience in order to master fine motor skills. Blending with a Primary Class, each child is able to achieve their goals at the rate that works best for them.


Kindergarten Readiness Skills are integrated using thematic units designed to promote: 


  • Socio-emotional growth - The ability to separate from parents, sharing materials and taking turns, ability to express needs and communicate within a group setting, demonstrate care and concern for others and independent problem solving

  • Fine motor development - Focus on small muscle control

  • Auditory processing skills - Understanding and responding to verbal cues

  • Visual discrimination- Distinguishing between letters, words and numbers

  • Gross motor development - Focus on large muscle control

  • Phonemic awareness - The ability to recognize, differentiate and manipulate the individual sound units in spoken words

  • Early mathematical concepts - Number sense, one-to-one correspondence, spatial sense, measurement, patterns, estimation and problem solving

What is the 2020-2021 schedule?


We recommend that our YTG children stay all day, Monday through Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm and Thursday until 12pm. Our daily routine is as follows:


  9:00 am    Arrival, Meet and Greet
  9:15 am    Class Gathering
  9:40 am    Self-Directed Learning in Classroom Centers
10:50 am    Snack
11:05 am    Class Gathering
11:35 am    Outdoor Play
12:00 pm    Lunch

12:20 pm    Rest and Story Time

12:40 pm    Class Gathering

12:45 pm    Afternoon Enrichment Program

  2:00 pm    Dismissal

What is the 2020-2021 tuition?


The tuition for the YTG Program for the academic year is $3,600.00 for the morning sessions Monday through Thursday.

What about the afternoon?


The afternoon enrichment program is scheduled from 12:30 pm to 2 pm, Monday through Wednesday. This program and subjects of study are an extension of the school day and include Science, Literature and the Creative Arts. 

Tuition for AEP for the academic year is $1,800 for three afternoons, $1,200 for two afternoons and $600.00 for one afternoon.

How do I enroll my child in the Year to Grow Program?


If you are interested in enrolling your child in the CCDS YTG Program, click here for the application. Please contact our Day School Director at 410-822-2677, or email if you have any questions.

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All of the students love arts and crafts
One students shows his book to his friends