Meet our New Director!

Intown’s current Director, Patrick Manning, has decided to resume his professional focus on his true passion, teaching art. We are sad to see him go, but we are also happy to announce that Intown will be in excellent hands next year with Cindy Lessard. She comes to us with a wealth of experience. She has been working in education since 1988, 16 years of which she served as either a preschool teacher or director. She is currently teaching the First Grade in Krakow, Poland and will officially join us in August. She has provided us a welcome video from overseas. To learn more about Cindy, please see her profile on the Staff tab.

Welcome to Intown Playgroup, a school for Toddlers and Parents and Caregivers. This is where children ages one through three learn and grow through play and discovery, and where families come together to learn about their children and early childhood education. For over 40 years Intown Playgroup has been part of the Georgetown community in Washington, DC, gratefully housed in the historic Mount Zion Methodist Church.

Our program introduces children to the bigger world of social experiences, nurturing them in the stage between playing at home and going off to school by themselves. We believe in an emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio Philosophy and other best practices in early childhood education. Classroom offerings are introduced and developed based on what we observe interests the children and what adults wish to highlight in order to extend a greater depth of learning.

We are a parent cooperative, and parents are an essential part of our community. A parent or caregiver accompanies each child during the school day, playing and learning together. Parents also volunteer time to serve on the Board of Directors and participate in other special and social events.  Intown Playgroup is a licensed, non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that is financially supported through tuition payments and run by the Board of Directors and staff.

Intown Playgroup does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin or religion.