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Program Components

BCDC strives to provide flexibility in its programming in order to accommodate each family’s needs. That is why we offer half and full-day preschool programs for children ages 2 years old through 5 years old and before and after school programs in the Appoquinimink School District.

Preschool programs 20222023:

Two Academic Half Days   9:30 am – 12:30 pm

3-year-old option: Tuesday/Thursday

Three Academic Half Days 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

3-year-old option: Monday/Wednesday/Friday

4-year-old option:  Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Five Academic Half Days    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4-year-old option (9:30am-12:30pm)

3-year-old option

2-year-old option

1-year-old option

Five Academic Full Days    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Ages 1-5

Five Academic Days PLUS Before/After School Programs:

1-year-olds & 2-year-olds  7:30 am – 5:00 pm

3-year-olds & 4-year-olds  7:00 am – 5:30 pm


School-Age Programs: 

Spring Meadow – Held at the School

Before School Program: 6:30am till school begins
After School Program: Begins when school ends till 6:00pm

The school-age programs utilize the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS) in order to provide quality programs because considering that our school-age child care programs enroll children from 5-12 years of age, it is essential to offer activities that meet the widely differing needs and interests of children over a 7 year age span. In order to accomplish this task, the school-age programs use the SACERS criteria for developmental appropriateness for the program components. Quality indicators guide the program components and are based on research so that they reflect current ideas of what should be done in school-age child care programs to meet the developmental needs of children ages 5-12. The indicators are grouped under 6 subscales that include: space and furnishings, health and safety, activities, interactions, program structure, and staff development.

Bethesda before/after programs follows the Appoquinimink school district’s calendar.  Bethesda’s before/after programs and offices are closed on all major holidays.  On teacher in-service days Bethesda offers Holiday Camp at our main location. Our main calendar will list those days and parents will be given the sign-up information ahead of time. Bethesda also follows Appo’s inclement weather policy.  If Appo is closed, Bethesda is closed.  If Appo open’s one hour late, then Bethesda programs open an hour later etc.  If Appo calls for an early dismissal of students, Bethesda programs are closed for the afternoon and students need to either go home on the bus or be picked up at the school at the designated dismissal time.  Student may not stay in the school office!! 

For further information, please contact the main Bethesda office at 378-8435.