Application & Policies and Procedures
A completed request for Enrollment Application must be submitted to the FSU Childcare & Early Learning Programs Office to apply for admission to our childcare centers. When the application is received in our office, the child is placed on our waiting list. Applications are to be submitted online.
One central waiting list is maintained for the centers. As the list is usually long, especially for the Infant Toddler Child Development Center, it is important to apply as early as possible. The average wait time for enrollment varies depending on parent classification (FSU student, faculty/staff, Alumni, community) and age of child.
Children 6 weeks to 23 months will be considered for the Infant and Toddler Center. Children 30-48 months will be considered to the Children's Center. Children 24-29 months will be considered for placement in either center. As children continue to age while on the waiting list, they are automatically considered for any space at any center they qualify for by age.
Our office will email the parent on record that our office has received their application, and include the child's current wait list number.
Children of FSU students are given priority over all others on the waiting list. We also give preference to Pell Grant eligible/recipients, students in Military connected families and siblings of children currently enrolled in our centers. The date of application determines who is offered a space once the list of eligible children is generated by the computer.
Spaces are filled in the following order:
Parents are notified, via email, when a space becomes available for their child. It is the parent's responsibility to notify the FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program office of any changes in contact information. If parents cannot be reached due to invalid contact information, the child is removed from the waiting list. Parents are given 48 hours to notify us of their decision to either accept or decline enrollment. If the space is declined, the child drops to the bottom of the waiting list. The date of application will then change to the date the space was declined. If parents are unable to accept a placement due to the child not meeting eligibility requirements (i.e., not in country/state, etc.) the child will remain in the same spot on the waiting list. If parents fail to contact us within the 48-hour period, the assumption is made that the family is no longer interested in our programs and the child is removed from the waiting list.
When an offer of enrollment is accepted, a start date is determined for the child. Parents may be allowed to delay enrollment up to 30 days to provide notice to a current provider. Enrollment may not be delayed longer than 30 days. Parents must complete the Enrollment Packet prior to the child's first day of attendance. All the materials in the Enrollment Packet must be submitted to the FSU Childcare and Early Learning Programs office at 157-01 Herlong Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310 before the child can be cleared for admission.
Parent Status Definitions: