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A Typical Day at the Center

Parents often ask “What does my child do all day?” This is a wonderful question! The activities and schedules vary from class to class, depending on the age of the children, but some things occur every day for every child. Here is what to expect: The Center opens at 6:45 a.m. and classrooms open as staff and children arrive. All rooms are open by 8:30 a.m. The morning arrival time is structured to allow the children to have free choice activities so that staff is able to spend a few moments greeting each parent and child. The morning routines vary from room to room, but every room serves breakfast, offers a group gathering time, free choice activities, small group teacher-directed activities, and a time to play outside.

Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. depending on the classroom. Following lunch, every group has a transition to rest time, then a rest period. The length of the rest period is determined by the ages of the children and the composition of the group. The general rule is the younger the child the longer the rest period. Children who do not sleep are permitted to participate in quiet activities on their cot or mat after an hour or so. Following rest time, afternoon activities include snack time, free choice activities, outside time, story time and other whole group gathering activities. Our curriculum is based on the needs and interests of the children. Weekly activities are planned across the curriculum in the areas of language arts, science, creative arts, math, music and movement. The daily schedule and weekly lesson plans are posted for each classroom for your review. Feel free to ask the staff and/or Director for information about the activities that are offered daily for your child.


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