Contact Information

Dianna Kifer, Director
610 Middle River Road
Middle River, MD  21220
P: 410-682-6462
F: 410-682-8996
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Church Contacts:

Pastor Glenn Leatherman
610 Middle River Road
Middle River, MD  21220
P: 410-686-8810
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Curriculum Overview

The overall program and Curriculum Philosophy of Middle River Baptist Church’s Child Development Center (MRBCCDC) is based on the following guidelines:

Provide a healthy and safe environment with proper nutrition. God has entrusted children into our care. It is our responsibility to provide the best for them that we can. Children are alert and ready to learn when they receive proper nutrition, rest, and routines. Children's sense of security begins when they know that they are safe and free from harm.

Develop warm, caring relationships with children and each other.God desires to be in relationship with each of us. The relationships that we build with children will influence the kind of relationships that they build with God and others later in life. Parents, teachers, and caregivers become representatives of God in the child’s life. Children also feel secure when they have a strong positive relationship with their teachers and caregivers. When caregivers develop a special bond with children, children become attached with their caregivers. Attachment builds security and helps to determine the quality of the relationships that children will develop with future peers and teachers. By building positive relationships with children, we help the child feel safe and secure, preparing them for a lifetime of learning. 

Respond to children’s cues and clues. Responding to children when they are upset as well as when they are happy tells them that they are important and that they care about them. When we promptly respond to their needs, children learn to trust. Trust is important to faith development. We try to understand what children are feeling, what they are saying (in words or actions), and what they are trying to do.

Recognize that we are all unique. God has created each in His own spiritual image, yet he has created each one of us with different outer appearances, abilities, and personalities. We keep in mind that from birth, children have different temperaments, that they grow at their own pace. At the same time, we have positive expectations about what children can do and hold on to the belief that every child can succeed.

Talk, read, and sing to children.We surround them with language: conversing with them about what we and they are doing; singing to them, playing music, telling stories and reading books; asking toddlers and preschoolers to guess what will come next in a story; playing word games; asking toddlers and preschoolers questions that require more than a yes or no answer, like “Which one...?” or “What would happen if…” We provide reading and writing materials, including crayons and paper, books, magazines, and toys. These are key pre-reading experiences.

Encourage exploration and play. We give children opportunities to move around, explore and play (and be prepared to step in if they are at risk of hurting themselves or others). We allow them to explore relationships as well, allowing children to spend time playing with children of their own age and of other ages helps them learn to solve the conflicts that inevitably arise.

Use discipline to teach. The word discipline comes from the Greek word matheteuo, which means to become a pupil or to disciple to teach. The word is positive. The question every teacher should ask is not, “How can I punish this child for what he did?” but rather, “What can the child learn from this situation?” To create an atmosphere of positive discipline, teachers begin by being a positive model of a disciplined life. The way a teacher treats children determines to a large degree how the children will treat each other.

Establish routines. Routines and predictability create trust. Creating routines and rituals for special times during the day like mealtime and nap time  builds a sense of security. Being predictable by being near and responsive also builds security in young children. As the child becomes secure, he begins to develop trust in the relationship.