Our Story

The Why

I was a child once. I remember what it feels like to be unsure of my place in the world, to be afraid to take risks because I might get it wrong, and to not speak up because people might not like what I had to say. 

While many of the experiences school-aged children have are a regular part of growing up, we run a great risk if we minimize them. Even though events and situations seem small to us as adults, we must remember how BIG they feel as a child. If we don’t, we may unwittingly perpetuate their confusion and allow for the seed, “Maybe it’s just me,” to be planted.

The Mission

The Drizzle Effect is born from a deep-seeded desire to help children discover and develop their unique voice — and, in so doing, build self-confidence for problem-solving, expressing themselves, and ultimately for self-advocating. With these roots firmly in the ground, creativity, resilience, and learning can grow.

The Drizzle Effect teaches kids a three-step process so they feel confident using their voice and can express themselves through creative art, writing, and storytelling.

It is our core belief that every child can and wants to learn. It’s our job to give them the safety and confidence they need to take risks that allow them to soar!

The Drizzle Effect Founder 

Mary Ostrowski is an educator and author. She likes to say her babies are unconventional in that she doesn’t have any of her own, but as a preschool owner she has many! She is devoted to helping parents raise their children to be confident, resilient and to have a love for learning.

Mary’s work is comprised of three pillars. She is the owner of 
Weems Creek Nursery School, a quintessential preschool in Annapolis, MD. She is the author of Drip, Drop and Drizzle, a creativity journal for children 8-12, with just enough of an academic thread throughout to be a great option either in the home or in elementary school classrooms. She is also the founder of The Drizzle Effect, a consulting company focused on helping build kids' confidence through literacy and the arts.

Core Values


    • All children can and want to learn. Through compassion and understanding, we can help them define success and then achieve it.


    It's hard to learn if we don't feel safe. Taking time to get to know kids - what they like and what they dream - helps open emotional space for learning.


    • Process and results go hand in hand. Creating bite-size action steps help kids achieve their goals. Celebrate the wins! This is how strong habits are built.


Growth comes from evaluating the good, bad, and even the ugly. Learning to step out of our comfort zones is not easy, but often hugely satisfying.