Enrollment for fall programs takes place in February (and, on occasion, as an opening arises). Enrollment begins with students from the waiting list followed by new applications.
The waiting list "rolls over" from year to year.
Priorities are as follows:
Admission to the toddler room will follow these priorities:
Once children are admitted to the toddler room, they are guaranteed enrollment until kindergarten-eligible.
Enrollment into the program does not guarantee schedule requests.
The Hampshire College Early Learning Center is committed to the goal of multi-racial and multi-cultural diversity in staffing and enrollment. Beyond its adherence to the principle of non-discrimination, the center will strive, whenever possible, to achieve greater racial and cultural diversity among the children and families it serves, as well as among its staff and student assistants. Therefore, families identifying their members as belonging to federally-designated minority groups (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islanders) will be given priority in admissions, within each admissions priority category.
The age and gender of the incoming child and the child care scheduling needs of the family are also important considerations in enrollment decision making.
Age of children for placement in a group is computed as of August 1.
Due to variables of age, gender, affirmative action, socio-economics, and scheduling needs, admission and schedules may be at the discretion of the director.
Tuition fees are computed on a yearly basis, with families billed monthly, a month in advance.