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West Carroll: Early learning centers give youngsters an edge

June certainly was an emotional month for me. My Northwest Middle School Husky is now a Francis Scott Key High School Eagle.

Over the years, she met with great success due in part to all the wonderful teachers and the early learning program in which we enrolled her. There are many reasons to start your child in pre-school, including preparing for kindergarten, language and cognitive skills and, most important, just plain fun.


West Carroll is lucky enough to have several early learning centers in Union Bridge and Taneytown.

The Union Bridge Early Learning Center, located at the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, has an enrichment program that runs from September through May each year.


Children who attend are placed in age-specific programs — 3-year-olds attend Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while 4-year-olds attend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Linda Hook, treasurer of the Early Learning Center, said, “The early learning program [helps] children to construct a solid foundation on which to build a lifetime of learning.” Martha Domer, current director of education, is an experienced, early childhood certified educator.

For more information on fall classes contact the school at 410-775-2717 or visit their Facebook page.

Grace United Church Learning Center is located at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Katie Peregoy, director of the center, said, “We use the Maryland State Voluntary Curriculum in conjunction with Creative Curriculum. Our lesson plans include daily activities in the areas of language, literacy, math, science, social studies, art, physical development activities and music.”

She added that parents can expect to see “enhanced communication skills, socialization with peers and kindergarten readiness.”

In addition to fall classes, Grace United Learning Center offers a before and after school program for Taneytown Elementary School children, and summer camp. Each week of summer camp offers a different theme.

Kids can pick what camp interests them or choose all of them provided there is an opening that week. There are still some school age spots available in the summer camp. For more information, contact Katie Peregoy at 410-756-2696.

For more information on Grace United Learning Center, visit their Facebook page.