Maria Teresa's Babies Early Enrichment Center in Arlington is a home away from home Spanish Immersion Childcare Preschool
We are a home away from home Early Enrichment/Daycare/Preschool located at 825 23rd Street South in Arlington near Crystal and Pentagon City (Walking Distance to Metro) Serving Children Birth to 5yrs. Our experience of over 20 years started as a home daycare center in the neighborhood. With our waiting list growing, we decided to open a Center but we did not want a commercial space which felt cold and impersonal. We converted a residential home to a daycare/preschool which was a more difficult task with all the regulations and ordinances some of which included having sprinkler system, fire and carbon monoxide alarm monitoring, and two emergency exits at every level. Although not required, we had a whole building humidifying system installed to make children with sniffles much more comfortable during the very dry winter months. We believe all this was worth it to have a true home away from home harkening back in our history when we did have school houses in neighborhoods.
All the teachers and assistants are specially trained in our Healthy-mind/Healthy-body philosophy and our unique curriculum with Spanish immersion that all children participate in, including infants. Because we are an enrichment center, we have different projects throughout the year like monthly art appreciation (study a particular artist and their painting for one month), monthly sports camps like mini-soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, etc. In addition, we have music lessons, yoga classes, and dramatic play. We also have children plant a vegetable garden and we incorporate nutrition in some of the lessons plans
We provide home-made breakfast, lunch and a pm snack with fresh ingredients cooked in our commercial kitchen on site including plenty of fruits and vegetables (from our garden during the summer). Some children eat from the menu as young as six months depending on the parents and the physician. Our teachers are experts on how to prepare the meals by blending, chopping, or cutting into small pieces. Some of our more popular items on the menu are quinoa soup prepared like it is prepared in Latin America, Chicken and rice with fresh vegetables (using different recopies from all over Latin America), spaghetti and meatballs, and hearty chicken soup with vegetables. All the meals are home made from scratch. Although having a commercial kitchen was an expensive and difficult process, we believe this was the best investment for the children to acquire healthy eating habits at an early age that will stay for them as they grow-up and become adults
We limit the tours to 4 families at one time