Chinmaya Mission Tristate Center – Balavihar Guidelines & Expectations

What can participating families expect? Active leadership from our resident acharyas, Swami Shantananda and Swami Siddhanandaji.

  • Knowledgeable and helpful volunteers to assist with questions and concerns.
  • Vibrant, on-time and efficient operations of all Balavihar and Adult Study Circle classes incorporating Vedanta-based instruction.
  • Dissemination of pertinent information about programs via email, web posting (, and announcements in a timely and efficient manner.
  • On-site availability of essential books and related items.
  • Celebration of selected traditional Hindu Festivals and other events, in accordance with the rules of the facility.
  • The CMTC may record Balavihar activities using various formats (e.g., still/video camera, etc.) for the purpose of promoting its programs.
  • The CMTC will make every reasonable effort to work with parents to try and accommodate children with special needs.  However, if a mutually acceptable solution cannot be reached, CMTC reserves the right to decline/rescind registrations.
  • The CMTC reserves the right to decline/rescind Balavihar registration if guidelines set forth are not followed.

What is expected of the children?

  • Regular attendance to ensure continuity and ease in learning
  • “My Prayers” book, Balavihar binder (received at registration or any White 1″ binder) with few sheets of loose leaf paper, and pen/pencil are required for every student. In addition, on the first day of class each teacher may specify a few additional stationary items depending on the grade level and planned projects for the year.
  • Active and attentive participation in class as well as during scheduled auditorium events and class programs.
  • Minimum basic preparation for upcoming class or event. (This will be limited so that there is no conflict with regular academic commitments).
  • Raising hand and waiting for their turn when speaking or asking questions during class. If appropriate, teachers may request further individual discussion to be continued one-on-one after class.
  • Remaining silent when appropriate, and participating in Arati and Pledge every week.

What is required of all parents/adults?

  • All children attending Balavihar must be registered.
  • Completed registration form and fees paid within 2 weeks of joining the program.
  • Arrive on-time (i.e., at least 10 minutes before class start time) and stay in the school premises, through the program.
  • Dropping off and picking up of children requires written consent from the CMTC. Any/all such requests must be explained to the CMTC.
  • At all times except in the classroom, children attending Balavihar are the responsibility of their parents or the emergency contact listed on the registration form.
  • Any request to decline participation in the CMTC’s efforts to record its programs must be made in writing with explanation provided for consideration.
  • Parents whose children have special needs must notify the CMTC in writing for consideration prior to submitting their registration.

What is requested of the parents/adults?

  • Please take an active interest in your children’s classes and support their participation in events.
  • Please make every effort to stay for Arati, Pledge, and Prasad.
  • Please discuss any concerns or suggested improvements to the program with a member of the volunteer team (e.g., your child’s Balavihar teacher volunteer, Study Circle lead, or the Balavihar coordinator).
  • Please check the web site ( for any last minute cancellations due to bad weather (e.g., when there is significant snow, ice, hail, rain), other emergencies, etc.
  • Please treat school property with care, keep it clean and help your children understand the same.

What can parents/adults do to help?

Interested families may sign-up to bring prasad for Balavihar and Ashram events. In addition, we are always looking for volunteers for varied activities. Please sign-up at the registration desk indicating your areas of interest and we will contact you.

What are the Balavihar session Timings?

Balavihar Session Information
BV Session Days Timing
Session 1 Fridays 19:00 – 20:45
Session 2  Sundays 09:15 – 11:00
Language & Swaranjali Sundays 11:15 – 12:15
Session 3 Sundays 12:45 – 14:30