Nurturing the Innate Curiosity of Young Minds through Play & Exploration.

Research shows that play is a powerful tool for learning. That's why at Sandy Spring Friends School, play-based learning is woven into the preschool curriculum through fun hands-on activities both in the classroom and outside on our beautiful campus and natural playground. Our exceptional, caring teachers create a welcoming environment for our littlest ones so they can feel safe exploring the world around them while fostering a lifelong love of learning.

At SSFS, our caring teachers provide ample opportunities for our preschoolers to explore, experiment, and engage with the world around them through fun play-based learning activities.

- Brenda Crawley, Head of the Lower School

play-based learning

Play-based Learning

Whether outdoors on our natural playground or in the classroom, our Preschool offers numerous opportunities for play throughout the day. Play is the child’s emotional, physical, cognitive, and social work. As our preschoolers play, they develop motor skills while exercising and build social skills while playing and exploring with friends. Cognitively, play allows for the development of language and for creative thinking that promotes problem-solving.

School Ready

School Ready through Life Skills

Through our play-based learning model, our teachers emphasize academic, social, and emotional growth that prepares them for Kindergarten and beyond. Our preschool program is committed to helping each child feel a sense of belonging in the classroom as they foster a passion for lifelong learning, develop compassion for others, and learn to Let Their Lives Speak.

Quaker Values

Quaker Values

In keeping with our Quaker belief of that of God in everyone, we honor the unique gifts within each child. We focus on every student’s academic, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. By emphasizing the individual strengths of our students, we nurture their sense of self-worth and give them the confidence to take risks within a safe and supportive environment. Additionally, our highly skilled teachers are trained in a curriculum called Faith & Play™, which is an approach to introducing the history of Quakerism and teaching the Quaker values inherent in our educational philosophy.


A Typical Day In Our Preschool



Explore our Preschool

We invite you learn about our Preschool by taking a look at our curriculum, meeting our faculty and staff, or coming for a visit to see our classrooms in action!