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About NCRC



Mission


Founded in 1928, the National Child Research Center provides a collaborative approach to preschool education in an environment that nurtures the whole child, fosters partnerships with families, and is committed to the inclusion of children with special needs. A highly trained, multi-disciplinary faculty employs developmentally appropriate practices, supported by ongoing professional development and sound research. Essential to its role as a model of early childhood education is the creation of a diverse, respectful community. Both within and beyond the school community, NCRC seeks opportunities to advocate for all children and their families.


Facts at a Glance



Founded: 1928 (Learn more about NCRC's history)

Location: 3209 Highland Place NW, Washington, DC 20008

Serving: 2 ½ to 5-year-olds

Current Enrollment: 178

Full-time & Part-time Teachers: 30

Child Development Team: 3 (Learn more about our Child Development Team)

Enrichment Program Teachers (Learn more about our Programs)

        • Librarian: 1
        • Mi Casa Teachers: 4
        • Motor Teachers: 1
        • Music Teachers: 2

School Hours

Bunny, Beehive, Sunshine, Rainbow Classes

        • AM Classes (5 Days): 8:30am - 11:30 am
        • PM Classes (5 Days): 12:40pm - 3:30pm

Explorer, Treetop

        • 5 day, Full day Programs: 8:30am - 3:00pm


Accreditation & Membership



Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS)


The Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools is an American nonprofit education organization representing 120 independent schools in the US state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a large nonprofit association focused on promoting high-quality learning of young children, with emphasis on children from birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood education practice, policy and research.

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Association of Independent School of Greater Washington (AISGW)

The Association of Independent School of Greater Washington is an organization supporting 75+ independent private schools in Washington, D.C., and its environs.

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Black Student Fund (BSF)

The Black Student Fund is dedicated to bringing people together by maintaining access to independent schools for black children from low to modest income households. The BSF was established in 1964 and provides supplemental grants as well as essential support services to black students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.

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Latino Student Fund (LSF)

The Latino Student Fund provides opportunities for a strong academic foundation for under-served PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership.

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Beyond NCRC

Where Our Students' Stories Continue



Independent Schools


Aidan Montessori School

Beauvoir School

British School

Burgundy Farm Country Day School

Capitol Hill Day School

Concord Hill School

Diener School

Georgetown Day School

Grace Episcopal Day School

Green Acres School

Harbor School

Hyde-Addison Elementary School


Jewish Primary Day

Katherine Thomas School

Kennedy Krieger School

Kingsbury Day School

Lab School

Langley School

Lowell School

Maddux School

Maret School

McLean School

National Presbyterian School


Norwood School

Potomac School

River School

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School

Sandy Spring Friends School

Sheridan School

Sidwell Friends School

Washington Episcopal School

Washington International School

Public Schools


John Eaton Elemenary School

Hearst Elementary School

Horace Mann Elementary School

Hyde Elementary School

Janney Elementary

Key Elementary School

Lafayette Elementary School


Murch Elementary School

Oyster Elementary School

Potomac Elementary School

Rosemary Hills Elementary School

Somerset Elementary School

Stoddert Elementary School

Westbrook Elementary School

Wood Acres Elementary School

Parochial Schools


Blessed Sacrament School

Holy Trinity School

St. Ann’s Academy School

Our Lady of Victory School

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