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Enrollment from the waiting list for summer and fall programs takes place in April and early May (and, on occasion, as an opening arises). Applications are placed on the waiting list, which "rolls over" from year to year.
Admissions priorities are as follows:
Note: Admission to the infant room does not guarantee admission to the toddler room. Admission to the toddler room will follow these priorities:
If a Hampshire-affiliated family declines enrollment in the toddler or pre-school group, the following year their waiting list status will be that of a Five College-affiliated family.
Once a child is admitted to the toddler room, s/he is guaranteed admission until kindergarten-eligible.
Admission 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.
Tuitions are computed on a yearly basis, with families billed monthly, a month in advance. Voucher slots are available. Modest tuition subsidies are granted to income-eligible families. Community Partnership subsidies are also available.
2015-2016 Tuition Schedule (pdf)
Our college-based early childhood center serves children eight weeks to five years of age through an infant, toddler, and preschool program.