Homewood Early Learning Center is accepting applications for fall 2015

Information sessions set for Dec. 8, Jan. 14 for child care center that will open in fall 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the new Homewood Early Learning Center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015 for children ages 10 weeks through preschool.

Located at the corner of Wyman Park Drive and Remington Avenue, the center will accommodate up to 94 children and will be open to all families, including community members. However, priority admission will be given to Homewood-based Johns Hopkins employees and then to other Johns Hopkins affiliates.

The Homewood Early Learning Center will offer a nurturing, high-quality environment where children will have the time and space to develop at their own paces, said Michelle Carlstrom, senior director of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement. Two meet-and-greet information sessions are planned for Monday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Jan. 14. During the sessions, prospective parents will be able to meet Margot Sipes, executive director of the Downtown Baltimore Childcare Center (DBCC), which has been selected to manage the Johns Hopkins center.

"Through purposeful play, each child can explore what he or she cares about—be it dragonflies, dinosaurs, backhoes, or Winnie the Pooh," Sipes said. "Making play dough helps learn the science of mixing and heating. Blocks teach symmetry, gravity, design, and math concepts such as fractions. While they play, children also learn colors, shapes, letters, and executive function skills like reasoning, problem solving and planning. They learn to make choices and navigate relationships."

The Homewood Early Learning Center has a target opening date of Aug. 24, 2015. The exact opening date will be confirmed in April 2015. To register for either information session and to learn more about the center and its web-based application process, visit the center's website.

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