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Libby Dubner-King

Executive Director, Westmoreland Children’s Center

5148 Massachusetts Ave.

Bethesda

20816

301-229-7161

www.wccbethesda.com

What are your top priorities?

I believe in providing an excellent and engaging early childhood education experience. I continue to foster our philosophy in a play-based curriculum by providing an environment rich in diversity, nurturing, warmth and creativity. Employing highly qualified and dedicated teachers is evidence of my commitment to maintaining our license and accreditation by the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We incorporate music and movement, physical education, and we partner with the USDA Child and Nutrition Program to serve healthy and nutritious meals and snacks.

What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?

Honestly, the greetings I get each morning from the children and their parents. Our preschool is more than a school that offers a quality early education learning experience—we are a community. Our parents and teachers work together to foster growth and development in our children. WCC is a special place. I am fortunate to work in a job where happiness surrounds me.

What are some of the benefits of early childhood education?

Early childhood education is recognized as playing an integral part in a child’s development and future success. It helps children increase their vocabulary by familiarizing them with words and their meanings. Early education has lasting benefits, showing increases in IQ levels and cognitive abilities—understanding both concrete and abstract thought. Children exposed to early childhood education can be more prepared to interact with adults and other children, and understand what is socially appropriate in the home, classroom and public places. Children who are educated early are less likely to need special education and more likely to finish high school and go to college.

“Our preschool is more than a school that offers a quality early education learning experience—we are a community.”

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