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Purposeful Play At Sugar Plums

Learning Through Purposeful Play

Not All Play Is Created Equal.

There is play.  And then there is Purposeful Play.  That's how children learn at Sugar Plums.

Purposeful Play is a powerful, evidence-based early education philosophy that puts children at the center of their learning experience.  It is fundamentally rooted in the idea that learning can and should happen through exploration, investigation, and engagement.  It leaves space for children to discover, to dig-in and to connect the dots.  (And to find the joy and celebrate their findings!)  It places teachers as guides, helping children uncover the secrets of the world around them.  And most importantly, it fosters a lifelong love of learning.

Learn just how powerful Purposeful Play can be and how Sugar Plums can help your child reach their potential.

What Is Purposeful Play?

Our Programs


From 6 weeks to 18 months old

Your little one starts their playful learning journey with Sugar Plums with a mindful transition from their home to our home,  exploring the world around them with guided play. 

Infants at Sugar Plums
Toddlers At Sugar Plums


From 18 months to 2 years old

Beyond running, jumping and climbing, your toddler will begin to acquire fine motor skills, speech skills, and critical social & emotional skills like learning to play with others, taking turns, and sharing. 


From 2 years to 3 years old

Our preschooler's are explorers and our teachers are their guides, helping to encourage your child's curiosity and passion for learning.

Preschool at Sugar Plums
Kindergarten Prep at Sugar Plums

Kindergarten Prep

From 3 years to 5 years old

Children get ready for formal school, focusing on teaching literary and language skills, math skills, and building critical social and emotional skills.

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."

Henri Matisse

Happy child at Sugar Plums

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Stay up to Date with What’s Happening At Sugar Plums

  • Veteran's Day - Sugar Plums CLOSED
    Veteran's Day - Sugar Plums CLOSED
    Tue, Feb 07
    Sugar Plums
    Feb 07, 2023, 11:52 AM – 12:07 PM
    Sugar Plums, 6003 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, USA
    Feb 07, 2023, 11:52 AM – 12:07 PM
    Sugar Plums, 6003 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, USA
    On Monday, November 12th, Sugar Plums will observe Veteran’s Day which is a federal holiday. Our Center will be closed.

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Hear What Fellow Parents Have To Say

The teachers at Sugar Plums are warm, caring, mature, well-educated early childhood specialists. At every opportunity, they are down on the child's level playing with, engaging, and calmly guiding the kids. Sugar Plums has exceeded our expectations and we are so glad that we chose to enroll our child here.

Mary R.

What puts Sugar Plums above and beyond other day cares (and between my son and daughter we have been through four) is that LOVE comes FIRST. No exaggeration. They are gentle with the kids and very nurturing, and they are very, very generous with hugs! What is  special about Sugar Plums is that they truly live and breathe the rule that each child is unique. They strive to create an environment based on the child's individual needs.

Ayesha E.

Sugar Plums has been a phenomenal experience for our entire family.  We have sent two kids through the program, from infancy to toddlerhood, and feel as though both kids received the highest level of education, care and love.  The teachers are top notch, the facility is bright and inviting and the whole experience was easy to navigate.

David R.

Get In Touch

(301) 468-6003

6003 Executive Boulevard

Rockville, MD 20852

Our Location

We welcome the opportunity to give you a tour of our space, meet our amazing teachers, learn about our innovative Purposeful Play curriculum, and watch our Center in action. We are happy to schedule a tour at a time that is convenient for you.

Give us a call, email us, or fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

6003 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852

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