About Bar-T Thurgood Marshall
Bar-T opened it’s second Early Childhood Education program at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in July 2015. Bar-T Kids Club has been the school age child care provider at Thurgood Marshall Elementary for the past five years and we are pleased to be able to provide care for infants through school-aged children.
As Bar-T has built many successful school age programs in Maryland, and an Early Childhood Education program at our Reston location, Bar-T Thurgood Marshall is held to the same standard programmatically and through staffing. Our mission, our philosophy and the Bar-T culture all guide our staff to respect each of the kids and adults that participates in our programs as individuals, working to provide meaningful choices throughout all aspects of our programs. We go beyond creating environments that help to ensure both physical and emotional safety by listening, showing respect and helping each member of our community remember that they are of great worth.
Just like every community, each Bar-T center is unique. Although no Bar-T location is the same, you’ll always find the family atmosphere and sense of professionalism that permeates everything we do. At Reston we focus strongly on meeting the needs of the children individually and the family. We have an open door policy to all parents and encourage their involvement. We host different events in the center providing different opportunities for family involvement; Halloween parade, Thanksgiving feast, breakfast with Santa, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Brunch, etc. Along with state required training, our staff participates in growth and development based on their personal goals. All staff are held to the same standards of providing quality care for each child. Each teacher understands the importance of your child and ensures they communicate to you all you need to know about their day. We feel our mission statement gives great insight into the type of organization that we are:
The Mission of Bar-T is to provide a unique experience in all of the programs we offer.
We strive to treat all children and adults as individuals.
We provide choices, and we listen, show respect and keep everyone safe.
We help people remember they are of great worth.
With the scope of care that Bar-T offers, the years of experience we have, and the sense of community that we nurture, there is no better choice for Thurgood Marshall families than Bar-T.
Each person who joins the Bar-T family is carefully vetted and selected by our leadership team. Each member of our team contributes to the program and product that we offer area families. As we have brought area residents a new high standard for care for their infant through school-aged children, we set the same standard for staff. This why we are proud to show off our staff.
Debbie Diederichsen, Director of Growth and Development
Having a strong leadership helps ensure that our team is getting the support and coaching they need in order to succeed. Debbie Diederichsen, Bar-T’s Director of Growth and Development, will serves as the Executive Director at Bar-T Thurgood Marshall. As a working parent of two children, Debbie understands the need for quality and affordable childcare. She has been with Bar-T for 18 years and is a passionate leader of our Trainers Group.
Kiona Davis, Director of Thurgood Marshall
Kiona Davis brings over ten years of leadership experience to her role as the Director at Thurgood Marshall Early Childhood. She is a hands-on leader who is in each and every classroom every day to support the teachers, ensure a high quality of care, bond with children, and provide opportunities for staff development. If you have any questions about this program, please reach out to Kiona at KDavis@bar-t.com.
We are currently hiring for positions in our Early Childhood Education program. If you are interested, we will be interviewing qualified applicants in the coming weeks. Please apply online at http://www.bar-t.com/employment-opportunities/
Where We Are
12260 McDonald Chapel Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878