New! August 2012: For Chelsea Schoolage programs information and enrollment, please visit our Chelsea page.
To find out about availability at all of our locations, please complete an online request using this page. This is the most efficient way to make an inquiry. If you have difficulty with the online form, you may email our Family Services Coordinator. To set up a tour of any of our locations, please contact the center director of that site. We recommend that you begin your search for childcare several months in advance of the desired start date to ensure placement and to prepare for a smooth transition.
Reserving a Spot
After you have toured our center(s), speak with the director to make sure the center has an opening in the program you want. You may reserve your child’s spot by signing a contract and making a deposit of one month’s tuition plus a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $100. We require one month’s notice, in writing, to terminate the contract. If your needs should change before your child attends the program, your deposit is refundable up to thirty days prior to scheduled start date. The contract change fee is $30.00.
Children are given priority for enrollment in our program in this order:
- Currently enrolled children who wish to change schedules or locations
- Siblings of currently enrolled children
- Children living in the center’s elementary school districts
- All other interested children.
Within these categories, our waiting list is based on the first date that contact was made with the center.
Tuition is a set monthly fee based on the number of days your child is scheduled to attend. This reserves the opportunity for your child to attend. If s/he is absent due to illness or vacation, your tuition remains the same. Tuition is due on the first day of each month, with a late fee of $25 assessed on any payments received after the 10th. NSF checks will incur a $30 fee. Parents who pick up children after our closing time will be charged $1 per minute.
To view our current rates, please see this 2013 Fee Schedule for a printable summary.
Prior to your child’s attendance at the center, you must complete and return the following forms for his/her file:
- a signed contract (with deposit)
- Emergency Card (type information into form, print, and sign)
- Enrollment Permissions Form
- a current Health Appraisal Form signed by a physician
- Child/Family Profile form (available from the director)
Once you’ve scheduled a start date, the director will work with you to schedule a visitation/transition schedule. She will also schedule or complete a parent orientation with you.
Further Reading About Selecting Childcare
NAEYC article: High Quality Childcare: Luxury Option or Standard Equipment?
NAEYC article: Quality Programs Nurture Relationships to Enhance Young Children’s Learning
NAEYC Article: Choosing a Preschool