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The NIST Child Care Center accepts children from 18 months of age through completion of fifth grade age (i.e., Summer Camp and Before/After School Care) as spaces become available year round. The majority of class vacancies become available at the beginning of a new school year, which typically begins on a Monday in late August or early September.
Filling Class Vacancies - Priority Setting
Currently enrolled children have the first opportunity for filling class vacancies. Children registered on the wait list fill class vacancies not filled by currently enrolled children. The decision to move a child from classroom to classroom follows the CCC’s progression policy.
Class Vacancies Filled by Currently Enrolled Children
For class vacancies that become available at the start or during the school year, the Center Director has the option of setting an end date for responses from parents on whether their currently enrolled child will be filling the available class vacancy. If an end date is specified, the preferential treatment towards currently enrolled children is not guaranteed once the end date has passed.
Class Vacancies Filled by Children Registered on the Waiting List
If a currently enrolled child does not fill a class vacancy, then the vacancy is offered to a registered, age-eligible child that is next on the waiting list. Except for the “Special Lottery Case” noted below, the vacancy is offered based on the following hierarchy.
If the vacancy is a full-time position but the child having the highest priority ranking seeks a part-time position, the part-time vacancy is offered only if the child can be paired with a second child from the same or next lower priority category to create an equivalent full-time position. Otherwise, priority shifts to having the vacancy filled by a child that seeks a full-time position. In the event that there are no age-eligible children on the waiting list who seek the available full-time position, the Center Director may choose to break the full-time vacancy into two part-time positions while immediately filling only one of the newly formed part-time slots.
The Center Director has the option of setting an end date for responses from parents whose child is offered enrollment. If an end date is invoked, the vacancy shall be offered to the next age-eligible child on the waiting list once the end date is surpassed.