Applying to the Center


FALL 2015

August 24: Semester Begins
September 7: Closed for Labor Day
November 11: Closed for Veterans Day
November 26: Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 27: Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 18: Semester Ends


January 25: Semester Begins
February 12: Closed for Lincoln's Day
February 15: Closed for Washington's Day
March 21-25: Closed for Spring Break
May 27: Semester Ends


Admission Policy

Admission is open to all children 18 months to 5 years of age regardless of race, creed, color, ability, or national origin. Children of students, staff and community may be enrolled two to five days per week for either the morning or extended day program (extended day programming is not available in the toddler classrooms). Priority enrollment and discounted tuition are provided to MiraCosta College student families (enrolled in 6 or more units).

As a campus lab 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 online at the end of each semester. Open enrollment for the fall semester begins May 1st; open enrollment for the spring semester begins November 1st. Initial enrollment decisions are made before the end of each semester for the following term, with additional child enrollment continuing up through the first few weeks of the 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 new 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-a-half to five years of age at entrance, who have not yet attended kindergarten. Our younger preschool class enrolls children who are two-and-a-half through three-and-a-half years of age. Our toddler classrooms enroll children between 18 and 30 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 reflect the wide diversity of today's 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.

Programming Options

  Toddlers Preschool
Morning Program 8:30 am - 11:30 am 8:45 am - 11:45 am
Extended Day Program Not Available 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

*Early care starting at 7:30am is available only for students with classes during those times or staff working on campus.  The extended day program in the preschool classrooms includes flexible pick-up beginning at 2:30pm.