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New Day Preschool is a Christian-oriented preschool program operated by the Rockville United Methodist Church. Open since 1968, the preschool has always enjoyed an excellent reputation because of its fine program and dedicated staff. The program is developmental, emphasizing growth in all areas: physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual.

Our curriculum teaches art, music, literature, the natural and physical sciences, and community life. It also offers young children a place to work and play with their peers, and lets them practice these newly formed skills to help make their lives more enjoyable and fulfilling.

New Day Preschool had its beginnings in the sixties when a group of young women at RUMC formed a new Bible study and fellowship group, New Day Circle. Many of these women had young children and needed childcare for them during their monthly meetings. While the school began to provide childcare for the circle once a month, we have now grown to a five day a week program. We are open nine months out of the year and are fully licensed by the State Department of Education.

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We invite you to learn more about our preschool by selecting any of the tabs above. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have. And click here to visit our church website.

Hours of Operation

  • September through May
    Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Summer Hours Vary

Click here for the school calendar for 2013-2014

Our Mission
The role and mission of New Day Preschool is to provide a safe and nurturing environment which:

  • Fosters emotional, social, and physical development
  • Cultivates Christian values and practices
  • Inspires the wonder of learning
  • Invites families to participate in our community of faith

It is the concern and direction of the Preschool Ministry Team that the heritage of Christian faith be expressed through the day-to-day relationships between teachers and children, as well as in the curriculum.

Our Philosophy
We believe that each child is a unique and valuable creation of God, and therefore it is the purpose of the school to provide an environment conducive to developing the "wholeness" of each child. Within this framework, and under the thoughtful and sympathetic guidance of the teacher, we foster the development of each child's mind, body, and spirit.

We believe that a preschool environment that provides flexibility within a disciplined atmosphere will help each child grow as a whole person and an individual. Through a loving, nurturing, and fun atmosphere, we invite each child to discover who they are, their skills and talents, their rights and limits, and their worth as a child of God.

We believe the preschool experience should allow each child to become independent and confident so they grow in happy and trustful relationships with others while developing a sense of responsibility. It is our purpose to help each child develop their potential while gaining a better understanding and appreciation of themselves as a member of God's family.

To achieve these goals, we provide a multitude of satisfying experiences for each child to:

  • Play and work in a small group with children their own age
  • Express their feelings, make decisions, and discover their interests
  • Develop their language skills (listening, speaking, writing, and reading readiness), which are the foundation for elementary school learning
  • Verbalize their experiences and the wonders of the world
  • Carry out simple activities involving creative materials, drama, music, and indoor and outdoor play equipment
  • Test their newly developed physical skills
  • Understand the difference between right and wrong through meaningful experiences
  • Respect the rights of others

In short, we believe the preschool should provide a background of first-hand experiences that instill confidence and anticipation while preparing the child for future learning.

Contact Information

Laurie Sweeney - Director
Martha Meredith- Pastor


New Day Preschool
112 W. Montgomery Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-340-3373
Fax: 301-762-6700
Email: director@newdaypreschool.org

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:30 pm