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.


NCRC’s highly skilled faculty uses research-based best practices to lead children in a play-based curriculum, creating a uniquely enriching and nurturing environment for young children and their families. As a model for early childhood education, NCRC promotes and respects diversity and inclusion in a climate that focuses on the whole child as it prepares children to be independent members of our larger community.

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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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