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Summer FAQ


Is there a registration period?

Yes, registration is open from February 1 through May 1, 2018.  During that time we will only be accepting weekly campers.

What are the fees?

The weekly camp rate for is $385 for a full day; $495 for a full day + aftercare; $275 for a half day. A $20 per week registration fee is required for all campers, which is non-refundable and does not apply to weekly camp tuition.

How and when do I pay?

Payment for each camp week is required upon registration and can be made here: https://squareup.com/store/chcns/

What is the refund policy?

Requests for a tuition refund must be submitted by May 1, 2018. An administrative fee of 10% will be applied toward all refund requests.  Tuition refunds will not be granted after May 1.

Is there a sibling discount?

There is a 25% discount for siblings on both the $20 registration fee and weekly camp tuition. There is no discount for drop-in days.

How do I register my child?

You can find the registration form here on our website. Register your child and then pay your registration fee and tuition, and you’re all set!

Which weeks are camp? Can we commit to just 1 week?

Yes. The camp will be held each week beginning July 2nd through August 3rd. Your family is welcome to send kid/s any or all of those weeks, space permitting.

Can I do a drop-in DAY instead of committing to a week of camp?

Inquiries about available drop-in days can be sent to [email protected].  Upon confirmation of available space, complete the registration form and pay the fee. Available spots will be filled on a first-come-first served basis by paid drop-in campers. Enrollment will not be complete until we receive the camper’s registration and daily fee. No refunds are available for drop-in campers.

8am – 1pm: $94
8am – 3pm: $116
8am – 5pm: $138

There is no sibling discount for drop-in campers.

Where is CHCNS located?

CHCNS is housed on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church (421 Seward Sq, SE). Our entry door is on 5th Street, closest to the bike rack.

What is the adult-child ratio?

Per OSSE requirements, CHCNS follows an 1:8 adult-to-child ratio.

What is the maximum number of campers each day?

We have a daily maximum capacity for 16 children to attend camp.

What is the age range of the campers?

The youngest camper allowed is 2.5yrs old per our license requirements.  There is no maximum age, but we expect the majority of campers to be between 2.5-5yrs old.

What are the drop-off details?

Drop-off time is 8:00am

For security purposes, all entry doors remain locked at the church. If you are late for drop-off, then its best to call Ms. Frances’ cell phone to let her know you are downstairs.

What are the pick-up details?

Depending on your selection, pick-up will be at 1pm, 3pm or 5pm at the same door as drop off.

What should I send with my kiddo/s?

A nut-free lunch, water bottle, sunblock, swimsuit, towel and a change of clothes.

What will the kids be doing?

The day will likely start with a morning meeting so that everyone can get to know each other. There is an abundance of toys, books and crafting materials in the classroom. Ms. Frances takes the children outside EVERYDAY, regardless of the weather! It’s typical for Ms. Frances to take the kids to Marion or Garfield park’s, Yards Park splash pools, Eastern Market to visit with the vendors, hop on a Metro bus (kids ride free)to the Botanic Garden or Smithsonian Carousel, story time at East City Bookshop, etc.

Will there be a nap/rest period?

Typically not. There are beanbags and blankets for use if a child needs to take a break. If your child needs a nap/dedicated quiet time, be sure to communicate that to Ms. Frances.

What about snack?!

A nut-free snack and water will be provided each day.

Who is Ms. Frances?

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Ms. Frances has been educating children since the mid-1980s. Although she’s worked with kids of all ages, she specializes in the 3-year-old profile. She loves their curiosity and embraces their individuality. Ms. Frances joined CHCNS as Director and Teacher almost 40 years ago! She is a fixture in the Capitol Hill community and considers all of her students part of her family.

Ms. Frances brings to CHCNS an extensive background in early childhood education, which encompasses infancy through third grade. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. She has studied at Benedict College in South Carolina, Federal City College in Washington, DC, and the University of the District of Columbia. In addition, Ms. Frances is a credentialed Child Development Associate for teaching toddlers and preschoolers. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Parent Cooperative Preschools International. Ms. Frances is also board member of St. Coletta of Greater Washington, which serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities and supports their families. Ms. Frances stays current on early childhood education research and practices through her participation in continuing education seminars offered by DC Public Schools throughout the year.

Under her dedicated leadership, CHCNS has become commonly known as just simply “Ms. Frances.”

Where do I find out more about CHCNS?

Check out the rest of our website OR visit us on Facebook.