Applying to the Center
- Application for Spring 2014. It is unknown at this time how many (if any) spaces we will have available for the spring semester. Enrollment decisions will be made mid-December before we close down for the winter break. Applicants will be notified by mail. Thank you for your interest in the Child Development Center at MiraCosta College.
- Childcare Tuition: 2013-2014 Fee Schedule (PDF)
Child Orientation Day
|August 19:||Semester Begins|
|September 2:||Closed: Labor Day|
|September 26:||Open House|
|November 11:||Closed: Veteran Day|
|November 28 & 29:||Closed: Thanksgiving|
|December 13:||Semester Ends|
|December 16:||Childcare provided for students with finals|
|January 9:||Child Orientation Day|
|January 13:||Semester Begins|
|January 20:||Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day|
|February 14:||Closed: Lincoln's Day|
|February 17:||Closed: Washington's Day|
|March 10-14:||Closed for Spring Break|
|May 16:||Semester Ends|
|May 19:||Childcare provided for students with finals|
Admission is open to all children 18 months-5 1/2 years of age regardless of race, creed, color, ability, or national origin. Children may be enrolled two to five days per week for either the morning or extended day program.
As a campus laboratory school, we strive to craft classroom enrollment that reflects the diversity of today’s families. As such, we include consideration of student status, age, gender, primary language, ethnicity, and developmental needs in our enrollment decisions.
There is no registration fee. Applications are available the end of the semester before anticipated enrollment, and coincide with the publication of the Class Schedule. Initial enrollment decisions are made before the end of each semester, with additional child enrollment continuing up through the first 2 weeks of the following semester. Spring semester tends to be more difficult to place new children since continuing children have priority for enrollment and fewer spaces are available to interested families. Once admitted and enrolled, families do not have to reapply each semester.
The Child Development Center does not maintain a wait list across semesters, and does not accept applications at times other than those designated above. Families who are not accepted are encouraged to re-apply the following semester, with priority consideration granted over first-time (non-student) applicants.
Once admitted, children must present an immunization record, signed/stamped by a physician or other medical professional, which shows that all currently required immunizations have been received. (Physical exam forms do not meet this requirement). A number of additional forms required by Community Care Licensing must be completed prior to a child’s actual attendance in the classroom.
The preschool classes enroll children between three and five years of age at entrance, who have not yet attended kindergarten. Our toddler classrooms enroll children between 18 and 35 months of age at entrance. None of our classrooms require children to be toilet trained (as this is viewed as a developmental process that occurs in partnership with families). All Center classrooms are inclusive and serve a wide range of ethnically and developmentally diverse children and their families. The primary criterion of eligibility is the child’s emotional readiness to be separated from his/her parents and the parents’ willingness to share the care of the child with the Child Development Center staff.
|Morning Program||8:30 am - 11:30 am||8:45 am - 11:45 am|
|Extended Day Program||8:30 am - 4:30 pm||8:45 am - 4:45 pm|
*All programs include a flexible drop-off period beginning at 7:30am. The extended day program includes flexible pick-up beginning at 2:30pm.
- Room #1: Young Toddler (18-26 months). 12 children w/3 staff (1:4 ratio). This room provides our youngest children what is often their first group experience. Focus is given to developing quality relationships through consistent routines, as children master self-help and social-interaction skills.
- Room #2: Toddler (24-32 months). 15 children w/3 staff (1:5 ratio). Children engage in developmentally appropriate learning experiences across a variety of interest centers.
- Room #3: Young Preschool (2.8 – 3.4 years). 18 children w/3 staff (1:6 ratio). Children engage in developmentally appropriate learning experiences across a variety of interest centers.
- Room #4: Preschool (3.5 - 5.0 years): 22 children w/3 staff (1:8 ratio). This class provides the preschool child a developmentally appropriate early learning experience, serving as the foundation for a successful transition to kindergarten or a final year in preschool.
- Room #5: Preschool (3.5 - 5 years): 22 children w/3 staff (1:8 ratio). This class provides the preschool child a developmentally appropriate early learning experience, serving as the foundation for a successful transition to kindergarten or a final year in preschool.