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2016 Summer Camp

“Around the World”

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Common Ground is taking summer campers around the world through its 2016 summer camp! Each week, campers will explore a different part of the world through dance, art, cooking, sports, field trips and more. In addition, campers will have twice weekly swimming through Reston Association. Learn more and register today!

April 15: Musical Event

Week of YoungCommon Ground is celebrating NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child April 11-15th. Parents are invited to join their children Friday, April 15th from 5:30-6 pm in the Great Hall for some musical fun with Rockstarts.

April 4-8: Book Fair & Story Hour

Scholastic Book Fair April 4th-8th

We are unnamedhosting a Book Fair April 4th – 8th. The more books we sell, the more free books Scholastic will donate to our library! Books will be available for sale every day during the fair from 4:30-6:30 PM and we are holding a community story hour on Wednesday April 6th from 10-11 AM. Please help us spread the word in your neighborhood.  If you would like to volunteer to help sell books and get parent hours, please sign up on our CG SignUpGenius.

March 24: Nutrition Night

Family Nutrition Night March 24th 7-8:30 PM

March is National Nutrition Month. To celebrate, Common Ground is hosting a Family Nutrition Night in the Great Hall. Come learn about healthy eating for the whole family with Registered Dietician Melissa Meyer and Family Doctor Hannah Phillips. Snacks will be provided and children are welcome although no childcare will be available. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other Common Ground families and pick up some nutrition tips!

Spring Break Camp ’16: Discovering Great Artists

Spring CampLooking for a fun, interactive way for your school age child to discover great artists? Enroll them in Common Ground during FCPS spring break (March 21-25, 2016). Each day, students will learn about the masters through projects and/or a field trip. See the “Space Crew Spring Break 2016 Schedule” for details.

Note: Common Ground will be open regular hours for the entire FCPS Spring Break. More information about CG’s schedule can be found on our “Calendar and Inclement Weather” page.

Good Food

Exciting News About Meal Services at Common Ground!Good Foods

Ensuring that our children at Common Ground receive consistently high-quality, nutritious, and nourishing meals and snacks is part of the exceptional care that CG provides. The Board of Trustees recently spent considerable time with support from a registered dietitian reviewing meal service options and decided that moving to a quality outsourced food service is the best option for our children. Therefore, as of March 16th, all meals and snacks served at Common Ground will be provided by the Good Food Company. Some key points about this service:

  • Good Food prepares all meals on a daily basis from fresh, often organic, ingredients sourced locally wherever possible
  • Meals are delivered daily ready to serve to the children family-style
  • Menus are enormously varied and are available for the entire school year so parents can easily see what their children are eating each day. 2015-2016 menus:
  • Good Food is able to accommodate food allergies and handle most special diets of which they are notified in advance. They provide a complete list of common food allergies, noting which foods to avoid on their menu by food type. 2015-2016 Food Allergy Lists:

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Testimonials

My kids started at Common Ground when they were 3 and 5, having attended preschool at another school before. I especially like CG's program because the preschool curriculum offers more structure and Kindergarten preparation than the previous preschool, but is still very play-based. CG's classes have the perfect balance between academic preparation and play when compared with other preschools/daycares that are either too academic or too unstructured for my kids.

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Jennifer Hitchcock   
Jennifer Hitchcock   

My kids started at Common Ground when they were 3 and 5, having attended preschool at another school before. I especially like CG's program because the preschool curriculum offers more structure and Kindergarten preparation than the previous preschool, but is still very play-based. CG's classes have the perfect balance between academic preparation and play when compared with other preschools/daycares that are either too academic or too unstructured for my kids. My son is learning letters, writing, and other important pre-K academics, but he also has plenty of time for art projects and imaginative play with his friends. We love the balance at CG.

Common Ground Child Care Center is a wonderful, caring environment for our children and we feel incredibly blessed to be part of the family there. Our two children are thriving in an atmosphere of genuine love, warmth and kindness. Before enrolling we looked at many daycare centers in Reston and Herndon.

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Emma Sharma   
Emma Sharma   

Common Ground Child Care Center is a wonderful, caring environment for our children and we feel incredibly blessed to be part of the family there. Our two children are thriving in an atmosphere of genuine love, warmth and kindness. Before enrolling we looked at many daycare centers in Reston and Herndon. What we feel sets Common Ground apart is the wonderful staff who provide such love and care to each child, recognizing what makes each of them unique and special and finding ways to nurture their little personalities. Many of those staff have been there for 10 years or much longer (almost 40 years in 1 case).

The curriculum is geared to ensuring children can enjoy being children through thoughtful playtime while also covering more than the simple educational basics. Our 2 year old son loves learning new Spanish words and then teaching us when he gets home! We are also impressed by the quality of the social skills the teachers encourage in the children who attend Common Ground: polite manners, collegiate behavior at mealtimes and in circle time, thoughtfulness and kindness to each other, the confidence to say 'no' when appropriate...

The location can be a challenge to find but the center nestles in a quiet, residential area close to Reston Town Center and has a large outdoor playground which is used as much as possible. Although many of the childcare centers in the surrounding area are housed in more modern buildings, Common Ground is spacious and has a relaxed, homely environment.

Most importantly, we have found a family here. We moved from overseas back to the USA but were entirely new to Virginia and knew no-one here. Most of our closest friends are families who we met at, or through, Common Ground and we enjoy play dates, activities and (now) vacations together. It has become a very special and meaningful place for us and provides us with so much more than a place to leave our children during working hours.

Before starting at Common Ground at age 3, our daughter had only been cared for by family. In researching daycare options, we looked forward to seeing her grow socially with kids her age and develop basic skills she'll need in kindergarten, but more than anything, we wanted a place where we could trust that she would be cared for by loving people,

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John More   
John More   

Before starting at Common Ground at age 3, our daughter had only been cared for by family. In researching daycare options, we looked forward to seeing her grow socially with kids her age and develop basic skills she'll need in kindergarten, but more than anything, we wanted a place where we could trust that she would be cared for by loving people, valued as an individual, and taught to be a good classmate and friend.

We found all of this at Common Ground. When she had trouble adjusting, her teachers made an individual plan to give her special attention when she was dropped off to help her ease into the day. There is a strong community feel to the place, she knows and is known by most of the staff, and the director has been accessible and personally responsive to our questions. Most of all, we are confident that her emotional, interpersonal, and academic needs are all in the hands of competent, trustworthy, and genuinely loving people.

Finding the "right" daycare for your child is stressful. There are so many important questions….Will my child be safe? Will they be loved? Will they learn? Will they be happy?….. Thankfully, Common Ground is amazing!

Reed Meyer   

We came to Common Ground when my older daughter (now 6) was 16 months old after a horrible experience at another Reston day care/preschool. Common Ground restored my faith in daycare and I cannot thank them enough for the incredible care they have provided us. The center is truly a family and when I had my 2nd daughter (now 3),

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Hannah Phillips   
Hannah Phillips   

We came to Common Ground when my older daughter (now 6) was 16 months old after a horrible experience at another Reston day care/preschool. Common Ground restored my faith in daycare and I cannot thank them enough for the incredible care they have provided us. The center is truly a family and when I had my 2nd daughter (now 3), there was no question that she would also attend Common Ground!

Common Ground is a loving, family oriented day care, pre-school, and school-age center that we are SO happy to be part of. My daughter (almost 8) started there as an infant and attended full-time through pre-k. She and her classmates were all thoroughly prepared for elementary school. My son (now 4) also started as an infant and is having the same great experience.

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Cara Arehart   
Cara Arehart   

Common Ground is a loving, family oriented day care, pre-school, and school-age center that we are SO happy to be part of. My daughter (almost 8) started there as an infant and attended full-time through pre-k. She and her classmates were all thoroughly prepared for elementary school. My son (now 4) also started as an infant and is having the same great experience. CG has wonderful, experienced teachers that have been there for 10, 15, 20 years plus!


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