The Yellow House School started with the dream of two educators who truly wanted to make a difference in early childhood education. The ages of 2 to 5 are critical development years for children. We, as educators, must take this opportunity to have a positive impact on their development.

At the Yellow House school, your child is in for an enriching, hands-on learning experience!

Our Philosophy

At the Yellow House School, children will become critical thinkers and independent problem solvers in an inclusive community of learners.  We strive to maintain an engaging, developmentally appropriate environment where children can grow and develop their gifts.  We are firm believers in parental involvement. We strive to be partners with families and caregivers, as children learn all the time, not just when they are at school!

The Yellow House School also aims to be an inclusive program for children with disabilities. Because approximately 20% of the population has a disability, we aim to mirror that in our student population. This practice teaches children early on to interact with each other with compassion and understanding, regardless of their background.

Our Environment

Our school is a home-based facility in Bethesda, Maryland, consisting of an indoor classroom, outdoor classroom, and outdoor play area. All of our spaces are designed to allow maximum independence, while children learn and play safely.

Our indoor space includes child-sized furniture, carefully selected colors, and exciting educational materials. Our outdoor classroom has spaces for art, dramatic play, sensory play, and cozy places for quiet reading. The outdoor space also consists of a swing set, slide, sandbox, mud kitchen, easel, quiet area, sensory garden, and a small hill for rolling and climbing.

Both outdoor spaces have fences and gates to ensure student safety.

See more photos of our facility here.

Our Program

Our hours are from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.  Full and part-time schedules are available.  The Yellow House School offers year-round programming.  

To ensure an intimate learning environment, we cap our class sizes at 12 children.

Our Team

Julia Hart, Program Director

Julia Hart was born in the D.C. area and has lived in Montgomery County for her whole life. The Yellow House school is located just a few doors down from the house where she grew up (and where her parents still live!). Julia began volunteering and working in local preschools at the age of 11 and has worked with young children ever since.

Julia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University in 2008. She spent the next seven years as a preschool teacher at St. Columba’s Nursery School. At St. Columba’s, Julia taught inclusive preschool classes, with 10-15% of her students having a disability. In 2015, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education from The George Washington University. She then spent the next four years as an early childhood special education teacher with Alexandria City Public Schools. In Alexandria, Julia taught a classroom of eight children with disabilities and four typically developing peer models. She also completed developmental assessments and initial evaluations for special education services.

Ana Luisa Phelps, Teaching Staff

Ana Luisa Phelps, known by everyone as Ani, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has been in the Washington D.C. area since 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012 from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas. She worked as an intern in different schools throughout college, where she learned to work with different curriculums and how each could be adapted in inclusive classrooms.

In 2010 Ani started working in a small inclusive preschool as an English Teacher, teaching in classrooms with up to 20 kids, most with one or two children with disabilities. In 2016 she was promoted to Education Coordinator, where she adapted the curriculum to the community’s ever-changing needs and worked alongside the teachers to create the environment and activities for kids to reach their potential and have fun doing so. She worked there until she moved to the USA to continue her teaching career.

Ani brings her culture and passion for education to the Yellow House School and will oversee Spanish Language immersion studies for our students.