The Learning Center for Young Children is part of the ministry of the Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church. LCYC makes every effort to provide a supportive atmosphere where each child experiences loving, sharing, helping and forgiving as integral parts of daily life. All children are welcome without regard to religious affiliation or racial or ethnic background.  LCYC observes Christian holidays and provides an atmosphere of respect for non-Christian religions.

The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC) has happily served the Kensington area community with a parent participation preschool for over 60 years.  Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church opened the Warner Christian Day School in 1959 as an alternative to segregated schools and as an outreach ministry to young families in the community.  The name was changed to the Learning Center for Young Children in the early 1980’s.  LCYC continues to provide parent and preschool education to families with young children.  In addition to preparing children and parents for school and life, many lifelong friendships are formed here. LCYC children come from a wide variety of ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds.

LCYC is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact the LCYC director, via email at or by telephone at 301-949-2933. She will be happy to answer any of your questions. Sign up for a tour here.

Parent Participation

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

LCYC offers Standard, Limited (one-half), and Non Co-op Plans. Custom-designed plans are also available. LCYC assigns co-op days based on parents’ availability.

Co-Op Duties: Parents act as the teacher’s assistant 1 – 4 times a month, depending on the class, the number of days a child attends and the co-op option chosen. Additionally, participating families help on the playground 1 – 2 days a year for each child attending LCYC. Parents attend Back to School Night, one Co-op Orientation, one Housekeeping a year (first Saturday of the month), and are required to help with LCYC’s major fundraising projects.