The Ashland Preschool Center offers Preschool Programs and Childcare for children Ages 2-6.    The Center provides a nurturing environment for young children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.


Anne Auvil, M.Ed., Director

Telephone 410-527-1845

Fax 410-771-9113


Ashland teacher with children.

Ashland teacher with children.

Ashland Preschool Center is a community service and educational outreach of Ashland Presbyterian Church.     Each child is a unique creation of a loving God, filled with the potential for amazing growth in spirit, mind, and body.  The fullest potential of each child will be realized in the environment found at Ashland.

The family is the first and most significant aspect of each child’s development.   The Preschool experience is intended to be a resource for and an extension of this primary relationship.

Ashland Preschool Center welcomes all children without regard to race, sex, creed, or ethnic origin.


Nursery programs or full time child care (year round) are offered for children aged two through six.  Each program is designed to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of the child at a developmentally appropriate level.  For two year olds there is a 1-6 staff ratio and for children ages 3-6, the ratio is 1-10.

The “Twos” program is designed to provide a loving environment for the children while they discover the world around them.  They will be exposed to new materials, listen to stories, sing songs and become acclimated to the school setting.

  • Nursery – Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Child Care – Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

The “Threes” program emphasizes cooperation in group activities, socialization skills, learning colors, shapes, name recognition and an introduction to the alphabet.

  • Nursery -Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 11:45 am
  • Nursery – Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:45 am
  • Child Care – Monday through Friday from  7:00 am to 5:30 pm

The “Fours” program is a continuation of the “Threes” curriculum with added emphasis on reading and math readiness skills.  More detailed science and social studies units are included.

  • Nursery – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 11:45 pm
  • Child Care – Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm

The Pilot is a special pre-kindergarten class with an augmented program providing emphasis on reading readiness and math readiness skills.  More cognitive demands are made of the children.  Children must be 4 years of age by May 31.

  • Nursery AM Class -Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Nursery PM Class – Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 3:30


Library: Ashland Preschool Center provides a well-equipped media center.  Children are taken to the library on a regular basis.

Music:  Each week the children are visited by our music teacher who presents an appropriate, sequential music program to them.

Extended Care:  Any afternoon that the Nursery programs are in session an extended care program is offered from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  Parents may use the program on a regular basis or as needed for up to five and one half hours per session.

Summer Programs

Nature Camp: During the month of June, children pretend to camp in exotic places such as the rainforest, Australia, Africa, or the American desert.

Summer Program: Held during July and August, this program allows parents to select the days of the week they want to enroll their child.  Lots of summer fun with special emphasis on ocean life.

Certification / Licensing

Ashland Preschool Center is licensed by the Office of Child Care.  The school is staffed by personnel who are degreed and are credentialed by the MD State Department of Education (MSDE).  During its sixty years of operation, Ashland Preschool Center has offered a rich, age-appropriate curriculum.  The Houghton Mifflin Preschool Curriculum recommended by MSD,E, has been added to the existing program to further ensure that all the children are well-prepared for their entry into kindergarten.




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