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About BCDC

Our Mission

Bethesda Child Development Center is an outreach program of the Bethesda United Methodist Church.  It is our mission to provide Christian-based academic programs that include respect for different religions and cultures. To accomplish our mission, we strive to provide inclusive opportunities in which children will apply to their everyday lives both in school and in the community.


The vision of Bethesda Child Development Center is to provide a well-planned program in a safe environment that engages children led by certified staff who are warm and nurturing and can adapt to a variety of children’s needs. The staff believes that the work they do with children is foundational and matters because it shapes the minds of children and the future of our community. Success with this work gives a sense of pride and accomplishment. The vision of the program is also one that will lead to the future by keeping up with best practices in early childhood education.

Our Programs

Bethesda Child Development Center 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 aged 1 year through 5 years old and before and after school programs in the Appoquinimink School District.

Our preschool programs are designed to prepare children for their school age years by working on age appropriate skills and social development. Our qualified staff provide fun and engaging activities for the children and a warm and welcoming environment for both learning and play.

Our before and after care programs are held on-site at either Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center or Appoquinimink Preschool Center and are designed to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children before and after their school day. Our qualified staff provide the children with both free choice and teacher-led activities.

Both our Preschool and Before and After Care Programs follow Appoquinimink School District’s calendar and are closed when the district is closed. A calendar with closures is given to families upon enrollment/beginning of the school year.