FAQs

Why choose Concord Children’s Center?

Concord Children’s Center has a decades-old tradition of providing excellent early care and education. As an NAEYC accredited program, CCC achieves the highest of early education standards. We accomplish this in an environment that supports children and their families through our emphasis on hiring and retaining the best faculty, fostering a strong sense of community, and offering flexible scheduling options that respect the needs of our families.

What ages do you serve?

We serve infants (10 weeks) through Grade 2.

What is the educational philosophy at CCC?

Our educational philosophy is play-based, child-initiated, and grounded in education and child development research.

What is NAEYC accreditation and why is it so important?

National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation is a voluntary program that awards accreditation to early childhood programs that have completed a rigorous process of self study and successfully meet all ten of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards.

How flexible is the scheduling?

CCC offers full- and part-time schedules to meet a variety of family needs. Children may be enrolled for as few as three mornings a week or for as much as five full days. Families choose a schedule that works for them; including the days they want and the arrival/departure times they need. Our hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 p.m. with arrival options of 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 a.m. and departure options of 12:30, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 p.m.

Which location is best for me?

Choosing a location is based on a family’s preference and the availability of space. You may consider a variety of factors in choosing a location including: the age of your child, where you live, which elementary school your child will attend if you are a Concord family, or your commuting route. Contact the program director of any of the sites that you are interested in to arrange a visit.

Can I come to visit?

We encourage families to schedule a visit with the program director at any of our locations prior to applying.

How much does CCC cost?

Fees are based on each child’s individual schedule, which can be tailored to suit the needs of each family. The fee structure is built on morning blocks of time plus extra hours used per week. For more information, please give us a call.

Do you offer tuition assistance?

Thanks to the generous support of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, CCC is able to offer tuition assistance for qualified families. We also accept vouchers. For information about our tuition assistance program, please contact our Executive Director, Pat Nelson, by either email or phone at (978) 369-3747.

What is the teacher-to-child ratio?

Infants 3:7, Toddlers 2:9, Preschool 2:17 (maximum).

Who are your teachers?

CCC hires professional early childhood educators. Each classroom is led by a team of two to three lead teachers or the equivalent. Our teachers have been with us on average ten years and come to us with degrees in early childhood education or related subjects.

When was CCC founded?

Concord Children’s Center was founded in 1975. Read more about our history.

What is the organizational structure?

CCC is a nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors.

Is food provided?

While snacks are provided, children must bring lunch from home.

How do afterschool children get to CCC from school?

Concord Public School buses transport students to the afterschool program.

Is there parking?

There is ample parking at all three of our locations for drop-off and pickup.