An enrichment program for 2, 3 & 4 year olds
in Silver Spring, Maryland

301 - 681 - 9520
801 University Blvd, West, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Our Parent Handbook - 4CCN Policies

Please refer to the following policies for general information. Contact the office (301-681-9520) for more information.

Emergency Closings and Delays

When Montgomery County Public Schools are closed because of snow or other emergencies, our nursery will also be closed.  The MWF classes have 6 emergency closing days built into the calendar, and the TTH classes have 4 days.
When County schools have a delayed opening, the nursery will delay its opening the same length of time.  MCPS will notify radio and TV stations of the decision, usually by 6:00 a.m.  If it is necessary to close schools early, our nursery will close at 11:45 a.m.  Radio and TV stations will be notified usually by 11:00 a.m.   When opening is delayed two hours, the two-year-old classes will remain until 1:15 p.m.  Threes and fours will be dismissed at the regular time. 

Please log onto our web site and in the scrolling message, there is a link to Montgomery County Public Schools. Please click on that link and on the MCPS web site go to “how to receive MCPS emergency information.” You can receive text messages and e-mail alerts.            Return to Top of Page

Alert MCPS

Alert MCPS is a way that you can receive text messages or e-mail from Montgomery County Public Schools during weather-related emergencies and other major events that impact school system operations. Alert MCPS is administered by Montgomery County Public Schools and is part of the Montgomery County Alert System. Sign up here!


Dismissal time for the two-year-olds is 12:15pm and 1:15pm for the three- and four-year-olds. Please pick up promptly. A $5.00 fee will be charged for pickup between 12:15 and 12:30pm (1:15 and 1:30pm), and $1.00 per minute after 12:30pm (1:30pm) will be assessed the parent, regardless of car pool arrangements. This fee will be payable to the teacher, the next class day.

Even if your child knows the person who is picking him up, we will not release the child unless: a) it is the regular pickup person whom the teacher recognizes; or b) you, the parent, have contacted the nursery and have identified by name the pickup person.

If your child is going home with a friend from class rather than the regular pickup person, you must provide that information to the teacher in a written note.       Return to Top of Page


We request that you keep your child at home if he has even the slightest hint of illness. If he attends the nursery when he is ill, he is likely to infect others and to aggravate his own illness. If your child becomes ill during the day, we will call you -- or the relative or neighbor designated on the emergency card -- to come pick him up. Please notify us immediately if there is a change in the emergency information. Our policy on runny noses is if the mucus is discolored, your child must remain at home. If you child is ill with a fever, he or she must remain at home for 24 hours without a fever.

Our goal is healthy children! Please be advised that we will send home any child who appears to us to be unwell.

The Maryland State Department of Health states that the director or teacher may not administer medication of any kind to a child, except by written instructions from your doctor. Please let the director or the teacher know if your child is absent because of a communicable disease (such as chicken pox, strep throat, pink eye, etc). Other parents need to know their child has been exposed.

Convalescent Children

Children not well enough to go outside with their class should be kept home. We do not have sufficient personnel to stay inside with a child who is convalescing. Both teachers must be with their class when in the outdoor area for the safety of the class.       Return to Top of Page

Toilet Training

Two-year-olds do not need to be toilet trained.

We hope our three-year-olds will be fully toilet trained, however, if they are not they may come to school wearing "pull ups". We will not change them, and if a child has a bowel movement in the "pull up" a parent or caregiver will need to come to school to change the child.

Four-year-olds must be completely toilet trained.


Your child is attending our nursery to work as well as play. To make him comfortable, dress your child in play clothes. We will be painting, gluing, playing in water, etc., which will require clothes that can get dirty. Please don't hinder your child's development by telling him, "Don't get this outfit dirty." Be sure your child's clothing (sweaters, hats, coats, gloves, boots, etc) is marked with his name.       


Each child is to bring a lunch with a non-breakable cup to hold the milk we furnish. Please pack your child’s lunch in an insulated lunch container.  If your child’s lunch contains perishable foods, please pack 2 ice sources in the lunch.  We request that you not include candy or gum in the lunch because this is a temptation for the other children at the table. For more information on packing a safe lunch, please check out USDA’s web site.

Hazard Insurance

Each child attending our nursery is covered through Patuxent Insurance Company by a Preschool Activities Policy. This policy covers each child while on the church premises during school hours and on field trips, as well as traveling to and from the nursery.       Return to Top of Page

Parent-Teacher Conferences

For students in the two, three- and four-year-old classes, scheduled conferences will be held in January/February so you may discuss your child's progress. Prior to conference time a sign-up sheet will be posted outside the classroom door so you may schedule a time convenient for you. Discussing your child with the teacher in his presence (such as in the doorway of the room) is unwise. Your child understands he is being discussed and may pattern his behavior accordingly. Make an appointment for a conference anytime during the year if you have a concern.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors makes decisions concerning nursery policy. This Committee is composed of the Director, two teachers and six parents. The names of the teachers and parents will be announced in our October monthly newsletter. Any concerns you may have should be brought to the attention of a Committee member for discussion at the next meeting. The Committee meets in November and May.      Return to Top of Page