What is your overall child care philosophy?

WCC believes in providing quality early childhood education with nurturing child care in a way that values and respects each child’s individuality, and facilitates growth in all aspects of the child’s development through play.
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Why is early childhood education important?

More than 40 years of research shows that early childhood education provides significant educational and social benefits for children, families and communities. Almost 80 percent of brain development occurs before the age of five. It is critical that our children grasp basic and fundamental abilities early so they are prepared to learn when they enter kindergarten.
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Why should I enroll?

WCC goes beyond childcare, providing children with cognitive, social and emotional skills, as well as the capacity to continue to learn and gain understanding -- attributes that pave the way for their success in kindergarten, throughout their academic career and later in life.
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How do I apply?

WCC’s application process is easy! To apply, parents or guardians should complete and submit a WCC application, found under WCC Applications and Forms with a check made payable to WCC for $60.
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What are the staff qualifications?

Our lead teachers meet the licensing and NAEYC Accreditation requirements and often exceed the necessary qualifications. All have taken formal early childhood education classes, and many hold degrees in early childhood education or a related field.

Assistant teachers also exceed basic requirements. Most of our assistant teachers are degreed. Others have early childhood education training and/or several years of experience working in an early childhood setting.

All of our employees go through a thorough criminal background check.
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When can my child start? How old do they need to be?

WCC is licensed for children ages 2–5; therefore, a child must have had his/her second birthday by September 1 in order to start our preschool. WCC’s school year begins at the end of August. If there is availability in any of our programs, your child can start immediately as long there is space and are two by September 1.
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How and when do you make your admissions decisions?

Priority is determined by a number of factors, including, but not limited to, whether an older sibling is/has been a student, chronological age, family childcare needs and the spaces available. WCC does its best to be fair to all of our applicants and give you as much information as possible about your status.
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What if we do not get a placement in the first round admissions?

WCC continues admissions on a rolling basis, with a one-week deadline to submit the signed enrollment form and deposit, until all spaces are filled. We keep a waitlist throughout the year and will contact families as spaces become available.

If you do not get a placement for the first round, we will send you a postcard confirming that your family is on the waitlist. We will keep you on the waitlist until you tell us to take you off. We will continue to accept students on a rolling basis as spaces become available.

If you wish to decline a spot we've offered, or if you would like us to take your child off our waitlist, please let us know as soon as possible.
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We’ve been offered a spot for our child for the upcoming school year. What do we need to do to secure that?

To hold your child’s space at WCC, we require a signed enrollment form and deposit payment within one week’s notice of admission, as stated in the offer. All deposits are non-refundable.
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How do you handle allergies?

Please remember to alert us to any food allergies. We will offer children alternative snacks if necessary. This is one of the reasons why we do not allow children to share their food.

We post a list of children with allergies in each classroom so that all of the staff is aware of the precautions that need to be taken to protect our children.
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Are peanuts allowed in school?

WCC is a peanut aware school: WCC does not allow peanuts to be sent in. We do this to protect the safety of our students with severe peanut allergies. We cannot guarantee a peanut-free environment, but we will do our best.
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What is your policy regarding sick children?

At all times, it is WCC’s goal to curtail illness and maintain healthy environments in our centers. If your child has any of the following symptoms: fever of 100 degrees or higher, thick or discolored nasal discharge, discharge from eyes, ears, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained rash; he/she needs to stay home. They cannot return until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.

If a child becomes ill while at WCC, he/she will be removed from classroom activities to rest until a parent or designee arrives. Upon notification, we expect a parent or guardian to pick the child up promptly, or we will need to notify your emergency contact.
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When do enrollment forms need to be returned?

All necessary forms must be completed and returned to the main office by the date specified in your enrollment package. Medical and emergency forms have to be on file before your child’s first day of attendance.
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How can I pay tuition?

Our families are required to pay tuition by signing up for EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) through Tuition Express.
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What happens if I am late picking my child up?

If you pick your child up after closing, you will need to sign a late form upon arrival, and a fee of $20.00 will be assessed for the first 15 minutes (or any portion of that time) and $5 per 15 minute increment or portion thereof (e.g. If you are 10 minutes late, your fee will be $20.00; if you are 16 minutes late, your fee will be $25.00).
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What is the enrollment policy for the Drop-In Program?

There are two options. The first is that Drop-In care is automatically available to an Early Childhood or School Age child who attends WCC on a regular part-time basis and occasionally needs an extra day of care. Alternatively, in our school age programs a child can be enrolled as Drop-In only.
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What are the hours for the Full Day and Half Day School Age Programs?

WCC provides care when schools are closed for certain holidays and for MCPS staff professional days. On Full Days, WCC’s extended day program begins at 7:30 am and ends at 6:30 pm. On Half Days, our program begins at 12:25 pm and ends at 6:30 pm.
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For Inquiries Contact: Clare Cahill, 301-229-7161, clare.cahill@wccbethesda.com, 5148 Massachusetts Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816
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