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  • Welcome to Wilde Lake Children's Nursery

    Columbia's First Co-operative Preschool
    • Licensed

      We are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education, and we follow the learning principles and early childhood development practices of the Howard County Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum.

    • Learning Through Play

      We believe that play is fundamental to a child’s education experience. We offer a variety of free play experiences and teacher-directed activities.

    • Co-operative

      Mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other adult caregivers are welcome as co-op helper. Your child will be thrilled to be the “co-op friend”.

    • Allergy-Friendly

      We are a nut-free school. If a child has additional allergies, those foods are not served to any children of that class. Hands and mouths are wiped upon entering the classroom.

    • Small Classes

      With one of the smallest class sizes for co-ops in Howard County, your child receives individual attention and is able to progress at his or her own pace.

    • Approved Curriculum

      We use the Little Treasures curriculum in our four-year-old class. This is one of six curriculum packages approved by the State of Maryland. In the two-year-old and three-year-old classes, we follow the principles of the Howard County Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum.

  • Our Programs

    Classes for 2, 3, and 4 year olds
  • Through a wide variety of "learning through play" activities, we expose children to language arts, music, mathematics, social development, and science.

  • Each child’s progress in all areas — social and emotional skills, language arts, math, problem-solving skills, and physical development — is communicated to parents at regularly scheduled conferences as well as on an informal basis.

    • Two-Year-Old Program
      Tu,Th/9:15 - 11:15 am
      • 2
      • 10
        Class size
    • Three-Year-Old Program
      M,W,F/9:15 - 11:45 am
      • 2.5
      • 16
        Class size
    • Four-Year-Old Program
      M,W/12:30 - 3:00 pm Tu,Th/12:00 - 3:00 pm
      • 2.5/3
      • 16          
        Class size
  • Meet Our Staff

  • Our staff consists of one teacher, an assistant teacher, and an administrative specialist with experience in early childhood care.

  • At WLCN, we believe we have the best teachers in the area. All of our staff is committed to making sure your child is well cared for and supported while at school. They take the time to understand what is unique about every child and work hard to make their time away from home a positive experience. This really shows on the children’s faces at the end of the school day!

    • Jessica Petree
      Director and Teacher
    • Tamara Heffner
      Assistant Teacher
    • Carren Adler
      Administration Specialist
    • As a preschool teacher coming from a private school setting, I found WLCN to be a place filled with age appropriate educational activities in a setting that lets kids be kids!

      The Greenfield Family
    • The teachers were all so involved, along with all of the parents. As a coop, all of the parents were so attuned to the kids and what was going on in the school.

      The Sheets Family
    • The teachers are so warm and caring and take the time to get to know your child as an individual and cater to their little personality quirks.

      The Sassi Family
  • Contact Us

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