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What do you love about Silver Spring Day School?

What’s your favorite part of SSDS? The nature-based playground? The social-emotional tools our kids use? The play forest in the classroom? These amazing resources are essential to the SSDS experience, but what we all love about our school costs money. Our families’ continued support helps us raise the funds needed to keep our school thriving.

Here comes the budget talk. We know, yawn. But sometimes the most boring conversations yield the most exciting results – like learning how we spend funds to enhance your child’s preschool experience. SSDS is not only a preschool but also a 501(c)(3) business. Your annual tuition covers our basic operating costs like rent, insurance, staff salaries, and just enough “glitter” to hide your fridge under art projects.

Your tuition does not cover purchasing new equipment, upgrading our facilities, or investing in additional staff development opportunities for all SSDS employees. We can keep the school running without investing in these needs, but our ability to do so better positions us to educate your children.

SSDS uses fundraising dollars for needs not covered in our annual budget. This invludes repainting the parking lot to increase pedestrian safety, improving drainage on the playground, developing the website, replacing old equipment in the classrooms, and sending teachers to social-emotional development conferences. And for less than $25,000, we addressed everything above, plus other incidental costs, in the last school year.

This year, we’ve set an ambitious goal of raising $75,000 through fundraising activities to:

  • Send teachers to conferences on social-emotional development
  • Cover costs of the Classroom Technology Fund
  • Increase the cash reserve closer to best-practice levels

Next time you think about your favorite part of SSDS, remember that you can help make our school and community thrive through your continued involvement and financial contributions. Every dollar that you donate is tax deductible.

Make a donation using our secure payment form.

Our Fundraising Efforts

At this outdoor "friend-raiser," families celebrate the peak of fall with a variety of activities, delicious food, and costumed fun. Sales support our cash reserve and technology fund.

Plant SaleApril

Green your home at the SSDS plant sale. Plants are ready for pickup in late April, with many flowering or fruiting only a few weeks later. Sales support our cash reserve and technology fund.

Spring SocialMay

Leave the kids at home for a night out! Sales support our cash reserve.

Teacher Playdates

Kids can decorate cookies, practice yoga, or have an *almost* sleepover with SSDS teachers. Kids spend time with their favorite teachers and parents get a break. Funds pay for staff development. Funds support staff development.

Jump Start the Arts

El Golfo hosts five fiesta feasts with drinks or dessert for parents and music for kids. Funds sponsor art activities to local schools (80%) and are donated to SSDS (20%).

Annual Campaign

Each December, look in your mail for our annual giving campaign letter. All donations to SSDS are tax deductible and will be used to increase our cash reserves.

Corporate Giving

Does your employer collect funds for non-profits? Consider designating SSDS as the recipient. Contact the office to setup your recurring donation. These donations help fund incidental expenses.

Amazon Smile

Every purchase you make through Amazon will earn SSDS a small donation if you designate the school as your beneficiary. Go to to set up your account. This program funds incidental expenses.

Team Bucket Lists

SSDS teams identify key items that their classroom needs. Help teachers acquire these goods with a cash or in-kind donation.

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