St. Matthew's 
Early Education Center

St. Matthew's EEC is an accredited preschool and kindergarten for ages 2 - 5
with year-round child care and a summer enrichment program for grades 1 - 3. 

Our Program
Playschool
Must be two by September 1
Playschool, our program for two-year-olds, is built around the concept that play is the work of young children; our program is fun! Within a flexible and developmentally appropriate curriculum, our students sing, dance, play, create and socialize. We also emphasize language development, self-expression and self-care tasks. 
 
Children do not need to be potty-trained to enter this program.
School Hours
M-F -- 8:45-11:45 am
MWF -- 8:45 to 11:45 am
T/Th -- 8:45 to 11:45 am
        
Before and After care available 
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Preschool
Must be 3 by September 1
Our preschool teachers provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where young children learn to love school! Early in the year, we establish the foundation of trust from which we build each child's self-confidence, independence and enthusiasm. Our curriculum nurtures curiosity through play, art, music, movement and individualized instruction. Preschoolers are introduced to early academic skills in their play and during teacher-led small group activities. 
School Hours
M-F -- 8:45-11:45 am
MWF -- 8:45 to 11:45 am
T/Th -- 8:45 to 11:45 am
        
Before and After care available 
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Pre-Kindergarten
School Hours
        
M-F -- 8:45-11:45 am
MWF -- 8:45 to 11:45 am
T/Th -- 8:45 to 11:45 am
All-Day Pre-K  -- 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
        
Before and After care available 
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Must be 4 by September 1
Our pre-kindergarten program uses the dynamic curriculum, Let's Begin with the Letter People and it's STEM supplement, DIG: Develop. Inspire. Grow. These well-known and exciting programs facilitate explicit instruction in literacy, reading, language arts, science, math and social studies. Most importantly, our pre-k students continue to play and explore in a secure but challenging environment. At the end of the year, they are thrilled about school and are well-prepared to enter kindergarten with confidence and the essential skills for success. 
Kindergarten
Must be 5 by September 1
School Hours
9:00 am to 3:15 pm
 
Before and After care available 
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
In a dynamic classroom with a low student/teacher ratio, our kindergartners begin their academic careers with inspiring curriculum and individualized instruction. Emphasis is placed on developing strong reading and thinking skills while encouraging children to be themselves -- curious explorers of the world!
We provide explicit instruction in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, music, Spanish, art and P.E.. We also balance this instruction with time to play during recess and free-choice activities at the end of the day. Kindergarten is a full-day program with before- and after-care available.
 
Our kindergarteners leave St. Matthew’s with the academic skills and self-confidence to SOAR in a wide-range of public and private schools. In the last several years, we have sent students to Bowie public schools, Crofton public schools, and the following independent institutions: Bowie Montessori, Cornerstone Academy, Grace Christian, Holy Trinity, Indian Creek, Key School, St. Andrew’s, St. Anne’s, St. Martin’s, St. Pius X, and School of the Incarnation.
Child Care
Available year-round as an add-on to our school program
Open 7 am to 6 pm
Our child care program provides working families with a nurturing and safe environment dedicated to providing excellent care. Our child care teachers also teach school and are held to the same high standards. The EEC provides snacks in the morning and afternoon. Parents provide a cold lunch. Children ages 2-4 nap after lunch.
Summer Fun at
St. Matthew's
Summer child care for children ages
2 through 6 
   
Summer Enrichment
for children exiting
grades 1 to 3
 
Open 7 am to 6 pm
 Over the summer, we continue our child care program from 7 A.M. to 6 P.M for children ages 2 to 6. Using weekly themes as our inspiration, teachers plan special art projects, games, songs, books, snacks and activities. Our schedule is more flexible during the summer, but the underlying structure of the school day provides the continuity and security our children have come to expect. Summer session is open to students from all schools.
   
The Summer Enrichment Program is the latest addition to our comprehensive child care program. Children in grades 1 through 3 participate in 2 to 3 field trips per week to such places as Bowie Bath and Tennis Club, Pirate Adventures, Pump It Up, the National Zoo, Bowie Baysox and more. In addition, the Summer Enrichment Program follows the same weekly themes as the Summer Session and participates in a variety of thematic academic, artistic, and athletic activities. Our Summer Enrichment Program strives to find the right balance between structure and adventure for our independent school-aged friends.
  
play, explore, soar!