Open Arms is a Christian child development center offering programs for infants through pre-K, full day kindergarten and after school care for k-5th.
Open Arms Christian Child Development Center is a not-for-profit ministry of Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, providing a preschool program of the highest quality designed to meet the needs of families in our community. At Open Arms, each child is guided to develop to his/her potential in every aspect of life within the sheltering and nurturing relationships of Christian love. We operate our center assuming that each child is an individual and must be allowed to grow and learn at his/her own rate and to develop a healthy self-image. At Open Arms we will help each child to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually. A preschool and/or childcare experience frequently represents the child's first separation from home. It is a first experience in learning that other adults can be helpful and loving. Children have much social learning to do. This is accomplished best in an atmosphere of love and concern for the needs of each child. Programs are planned to encourage and develop individual strengths and abilities, while helping your child to understand the value of cooperation and interaction with others. This is achieved through working, learning, playing, and sharing with other children as well as adults.
Mission: Our mission is to provide a nurturing and safe environment for the development of children and families, in the community, through a loving, Christ-centered, Bible-based child care and preschool.
Did you know that OA has a full day PreK summer camp? On Tuesday, the PreK Fun in the Sun summer camp went on a field trip to Roer's Zoofari in Vienna. The Jelly Fish and Sea Turtles had a fantastic time interacting with and feeding all of the animals, as well as having a picnic lunch at the Zoo. Check out a few of the fantastic pictures from their adventure! #openarmsccdc
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Hope you had a fun Fourth of July! We are bursting with American pride here at Open Arms. God bless the USA! #openarmsccdc #usa
Happy Fourth of July to our Open Arms family! Have a safe and fun holiday! #openarmsccdc #july4th
As a reminder, Open Arms programs and offices will be closed, Thursday, July 4. Have a fun and safe holiday!
The Buttercups had a parade today to celebrate Independence Day! God Bless America!
We will miss Pastor Justin here at Open Arms, but we are happy to have our church Director of Youth, Ray Dubert, leading our weekly chapels. Today he shared the story of the Good Samaritan and talked about how Jesus gives us the power to be kind.
The July Chapel Noisy Offering is going towards Generations of Hope, Haiti. GoHaiti is a non-profit organization committed to reaching the lost and poor of Haiti at any cost.
Our Savior's Way has been partnering with the GoHaiti orphanage for a number of years and sent a team down last month to lead a VBS and help with upgrades to their facilities.
Find out more at https://www.go-haiti.org/
Our School-Age summer campers are exploring the art of carpentry for our “Awe and Amazement” themed week. They constructed their own frames and game kits and then enjoyed a guided tour during a field trip to Home Depot!
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Our Full-Day Pre-K classes joined together to create two special summer groups this year: The Jellyfish and the Sea Turtles. They are having fun this summer exploring things you may find at the beach or in the ocean. This week’s theme was mermaids and pirates. Which would YOU rather be? #openarmsccdc #mermaidsvspirates
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful first day of summer! #openarmsccdc #firstdayofsummer
On a hot summer day, even our youngest ones like to get out and play in water. Today our Rosebuds had some water play outside. Looks like they had a fun time! #openarmsccdc #waterplay
It’s “Awe and Amazement” week for our summer camp programs, and they have made some beautiful art. Check out these many masterpieces! #openarmsccdc #art #summercamp
Even though it was a chilly first week of Summer Camp, our Half-Day preschool still enjoyed snow cones and water play. We’re looking forward to a fun and busy summer! #openarmsccdc #summercamp
Are you or anyone you know looking for Infant Child Care?
Come join us at Open Arms Christian Child Development Center! We have immediate and future availability and would love to welcome your family into our family.
Our Infant licensed program provides a warm and welcoming childcare environment where babies are provided a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate curriculum to aid each child in growing to his or her maximum potential. We pride ourselves on our environment and teachers who are focused on keeping your baby safe, engaged, and happy as they design your child’s experiences and interactions based upon his or her unique schedule and needs.
For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact our Enrollment Director, Hena: [email protected]
We finished up our promotion and graduation ceremonies last night with a performance from our Owls kindergarten class. This was our last kindergarten class because of the county going to full-day kindergarten, and they went out with a blast! We wish our Owls teacher, Ms. Carrianne, many blessings as she moves on to her new position in the county, and we wish our kindergarten graduates the best as they move on to first grade!
We would also like to thank Ms. Jee and Ms. Lolita for their hard work in preparing the students for their programs. They all did a super job!!
Congratulations to our amazing and talented students. We hope you all have a wonderful summer!
We’re having fun kicking off the summer and eating hotdogs cooked by Pastor Justin! We will be around until 6:30, so come and join us!
Don’t forget to stop by this afternoon starting at 3:30 for a hotdog and some family fun! We will have a moon bounce, some snowcones (bring cash), some activity stations, and, of course, hotdogs!
We’re starting our promotion and graduation ceremonies this week, so check out the schedule to see when your child’s class will be celebrated!
Check out these pictures from our amazing Pre-K art show! The Azaleas, Magnolias, Orchids, and Violets classes presented projects ranging from space to robots to famous artists to dinosaurs. I think we have some future Kandinskys, Monets, Warhols, Matisses, and Mondrians in our midst! Well done, Pre-K team!!
Looking to enroll your child in an excellent, quality Christian preschool? Look no further than Open Arms!
Open Arms is currently enrolling infants and children newborn to School Age for the upcoming school year.
Schedule a tour with our Enrollment Coordinator ([email protected]), and come see first-hand how wonderful we are!
If you want to see somthing amazing, come to our Pre-K Art Show on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:30-7:30pm! Last year, our families were blown away by the amazing art and projects displayed, and this year is sure to impress as well. The Art Show will be on the lower level and will feature displays by the Azaleas, Magnolias, Orchids, and Violets. We'll see you there!
We had so much fun at our Rocknoceros concert on Saturday, and we hope those who came enjoyed it as well! We also had some new families sign up through our open house event, so we are super excited about that!! Remember that our enrollment is ongoing and always open, so if you know of anyone looking for the BEST preschool for their child, send them our way!
Come grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat before you head off to work today! We appreciate our parents!! ❤️
Only a few more days until Rocknoceros comes to Open Arms! We are excited about hosting them in our Big Room this Saturday, May 18, at 2:30pm. Come “boogie woogie” with us!
Rocknoceros wraps up a performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with Boogie Woogie Bennie's theme song. October 8, 2011
Today we celebrated our parents with a Parent Appreciation Breakfast, and we hope you were able to stop by and grab a bite to eat. If you missed today’s event, stop by the chapel kitchen area tomorrow (Friday) between 8:30 and 9:30am and grab some coffee and breakfast on your way out. Thank you, parents, for being such an important part of the Open Arms family!
Last week we honored and appreciated our teachers, and this Thursday and Friday, we will honor another important part of the Open Arms family—our parents! See the picture for our Parent Appreciation Breakfast schedule, and stop by any station at a convenient time for you. We hope you enjoy this little way of us showing our appreciation for you, our parents!
On Friday, the Owls Kindergarten class added some new flowers to their butterfly garden area outside our main entrance. Many of our class butterflies have come out of their chrysalis and are now ready to be released. Some of our butterflies enjoyed the beautiful garden before they stretched their wings and flew away! #openarmsccdc #butterflygarden @ Open Arms Christian Child Development Center
Happy Mother’s Day to our Open Arms moms! Hope you enjoy this special day! ❤️ #openarmsccdc #happymothersday
Don't forget that a week from today, Saturday May 18th, the children's band ROCKNOCEROS will be performing at Open Arms! The concert will start at 2:30, and we will be hosting tours for interested families at 2:00 and 3:30. Come enjoy the music of Rocknoceros and invite your friends!
Today our “Out of this World” teachers enjoyed some Galactic Goodies from our solar system. And, yes, we counted Pluto as a planet! 😆
We also heard from a lot of our teachers, and they were so overwhelmed and touched by the generous gifts and notes they received this week. Thank you for your participation this week and for letting our teachers know that they are the best in the universe!
Open Arms teachers are “Out of this World,” and now they have the t-shirt to prove it! And, thank you to our parents and students for the yummy treats and snacks you brought in today for our teachers. They definitely feel the love and appreciation!! #teacherappreciationweek
This week we are celebrating the fact that our teachers are out of this world, but today we realized that our parents are also out of this world! Thank you so much to our parents who volunteered to bring in food for our “Out of this World Pasta Bar.” The teachers were so happy to sit down together and eat lunch, and they thought everything was delicious! Just as we appreciate our teachers, we appreciate our parents as well!
Today our teachers were treated to a Supersonic Snack Bar, and they received lots of books and school supplies from their students. Tomorrow, families are encouraged to bring in a card with a special message for our teachers. Let them know how much they mean to you!
Thank you for your contributions and participation this week! 🚀
We are kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week with a breakfast for our staff and a bunch of cute rocket cards on posters! It is fun to read why our children think their teacher is “out of this world!” We know that we have the most awesome teachers in the world, and it’s good to know that our kids think so too!
**If you did not get a chance to put your rocket card on your teachers poster yet, the posters will be up all week so there is plenty of time!**
This week is *Teacher Appreciation Week* and we are so excited show our teachers how much we love them! Check out the suggested ideas of things to do each day and participate if you wish.
On Monday, you will find signs outside the classroom doors with teachers’ names on them. Use the glue sticks under the signs to attach your “rocket cards” to the posters (see pictures). There are extra rocket cards under the signs and at the reception desks. The teachers will love reading about how they are “out of this world!”
Open Arms had a special treat today as retired astronaut and director of the U.S. Geological Survey, James Reilly, came to talk to some of our classes about his experience in space.
He told the children all about the preparation, boarding, take off, space-living, and rocket landing procedures that he experienced on his three space shuttle missions. The kids learn how he worked, ate, slept, and lived in space, and they asked him questions about how fast the rocket went (VERY fast) and why they used a parachute to land on the runway (to help the rocket slow down since they did not use brakes).
After his presentation, the Giraffes class (with his son Jacob) went outside to launch their own rockets. They jumped on empty soda bottles to push air through tubes that sent their paper rockets flying through the air. They had a blast! 🚀
Last week, our curriculum theme here at Open Arms was “caterpillars and butterflies.” Check out the beautiful artwork and fun activities our children did to learn more about these interesting insects. And, when you drop your kids off, be sure to check out the caterpillars in the classrooms. They have grown so big and they will be forming their cocoons soon to transfer into butterflies!
Look what just came in the mail! We are beginning our curriculum theme on caterpillars and butterflies, and our classes will receive a cup of caterpillars that will turn into cocoons and eventually emerge as butterflies. It is always a fun activity during the spring here at Open Arms! 🐛🦋 #openarmsccdc #metamorphosis
Before you know it, the end of the school year will be here and we will celebrate with our graduation and promotion ceremonies! We have made a few time changes to our events, so please check out the schedule for your child's day and time.
Happy Easter from all of us at Open Arms! #openarmsccdc
1, 2, 3...Jesus is alive! He died for you and me, but on DAY THREE—Jesus rose again; Jesus is alive! Happy Easter! #openarmsccdc #easter #jesusisalive
All of our Open Arms families are invited and encouraged to attend our Holy Week and Easter Sunday services! “Christ is Risen. He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!” #openarmsccdc #oswlc #holyweek #easter
Have a beautiful day! #openarmsccdc #goodmorning
Open Arms teachers are OUT OF THIS WORLD, and we are so excited to honor them during our upcoming Teacher Appreciation Week starting on May 6th!
Check out the small ways you can treat our teachers each day this week, and sign up to help with our "Out of this World" Pasta Bar Lunch on Wednesday, May 8th, by bringing something in: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4EA5A92BA5FE3-teacher
Thank you for your help in making this a BIG success for our amazing staff!
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