All centers share a common mission and are licensed by Maryland’s Office Child Care.  Because of the uniqueness of each community we serve, different centers may maintain additional affiliations. In partnership with families, community and early childhood experts, Academy continues to grow and develop within the scope of our “Building Blocks for Life” philosophy.

  • Approved by Maryland State Department of Education, non-public division Nursery – 2nd Grade (MSDE)
  • Accredited by Maryland State Department of Education, Infants – Pre-K (MSDE*)
  • Licensed by Maryland State Dept of Education/ Office of Child Care Administration (OCC)
  • Four Centers awarded five stars in Maryland EXCELS Program (Academy Hills, Cold Spring, Galway and Stone Mill)  and three stars (Charles Drew and DuFief) in Maryland EXCELS Program.

 Maryland EXCELS

Maryland Excels

Congratulations to the entire team at Academy Child Development Center, Cold Spring Location for being one of the first child care programs in the State of Maryland to be awarded Five Stars through the Maryland EXCELS Program for Quality Early Childhood Programs.  Academy at Cold Spring WAS one of five child care programs in Montgomery County and 1 of 28 centers in the State of Maryland that received a Five Star rating in 2013.  We are so proud of our Academy Team at Cold Spring!  Way to go!

Maryland EXCELS is a Quality Rating and Improvement System(QRIS).   AQRIS is a program that awards ratings to registered family child care providers, licensed child care centers (HeadStart, Letter of compliance facilities, school‐age only child care), and public pre‐K programs that meet increasingly higher standards of quality in key areas.