The Learning Center for Young Children operates under the ministry of the Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church. LCYC is committed to fostering a supportive atmosphere where children can experience love, sharing, cooperation, and forgiveness as an integral part of their daily life. We warmly welcome all children, regardless of religious affiliation, racial, or ethnic background, to be part of our inclusive community.

For more than six decades, The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC) has been joyfully serving the Kensington area community through its parent participation preschool. Originally established as the Warner Christian Day School in 1959, it was created as an alternative to segregated schools and to serve as an outreach ministry to young families in the neighborhood. In the early 1980s, the name was changed to the Learning Center for Young Children.

LCYC remains dedicated to providing parent and preschool education to families with young children, preparing them for both school and life ahead. Over the years, this nurturing environment has also become a place where lifelong friendships are cultivated. Our inclusive community warmly welcomes children from diverse ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds, fostering a rich tapestry of experiences and perspectives.

Please contact the LCYC Director, Rana Oriolo, at or by telephone at 301-949-2933. She will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Parent Participation

The Learning Center for Young Children is a parent participation preschool program. LCYC believes that parent involvement in the education of their young children is beneficial for everyone.

Currently LCYC offers Participation and Non Participation Plans.

Parents who opt for the Participation plan will have the opportunity to join a committee that may include co-oping in the classroom, fundraising, or other administrative duties.

All parents attend Back to School Night, fulfill one Housekeeping shift a year (first Saturday of the month), and are encouraged to support LCYC’s fundraising events.