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.

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.

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.