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Parent Interests and Involvement

Transitioning to the CCC

New families whose child will be entering the Center are provided an opportunity to discuss the Center's policies/procedures and any concerns they may have with the Director or Assistant Director. The parents and child are encouraged to visit the Center, prior to the child’s first day of class, to meet the staff and become familiar with the environment. We strongly recommend that your child spend time in the classroom with the parent to ease the transition from home to school. Class visits can be arranged through the Director.

Transitioning between CCC Classrooms

Besides the initial transition that you and your child make when you enroll in our Center, the next adjustment will be moving your child from one class to the next (i.e., progression). In some cases this may involve moving with the class, or changing teachers and peers. We strongly recommend that you talk with your child about the transition, and possibly visit the new classroom prior to participation.

Transitioning to Elementary School or Other Settings

The CCC Staff are available to make any moves outside the CCC as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our staff is available, at your request, to talk with your child’s new elementary school teacher or other caregiver. Past medical and education information will be supplied to county school systems when your child leaves our kindergarten program and transitions to first grade with your written approval.

Classroom Orientation

At the beginning of each school year, each classroom hosts orientation "Back to School" night between teachers and parents. We strongly recommend that you attend to discuss curricula, operations, expectations, communications, etc., of your child’s new classroom. This event is best suited for adults only.


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Visiting the Center

We encourage you to visit the Center and participate in activities with your child as often as your schedule permits. We encourage you to have lunch with your child as often as possible. Please check with your child's teacher for the best time to come by. Children love sharing their family with their friends. You are always welcome here!

An Important Note to Parents

Your interest and involvement in your child’s school experience is critically important to all of us. We, like you, want the very best for your child. If you ever have a concern, we want to hear from you. In order for us to address your concerns in the most professional way possible, it is important that you follow this procedure:

  • Talk directly to the teacher. In many cases, she can answer your questions best. If you are not satisfied, then,
  • Talk to the Director. The majority of issues/concerns that could not be resolved by the teacher can be resolved by the Director. If you are not satisfied then,
  • Contact the NIST Child Care Association Board of Directors. See the list of current Board members on the Parent Information Board.

See also Appendix B: Rules of Conduct Between Staff and Families, and Appendix C: Outside Employment of Staff by CCC Families.


For Information and Wait List Placement:

301-975-2152       Telephone
301-926-4263       Facsimile
nistchld@nist.gov  Email

NIST Child Care Center
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1915