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FAQs

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Being on a waiting list can be stressful and anxious. To help alleviate these feelings here are answers to questions families frequently ask. We hope that this information will be helpful to you. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please go to Contact Information.

Is your program a preschool or a child care?

We are not a “preschool” in the technical sense because we are open for a full day rather than just a few hours, nor do we simply provide “child care.” To best describe it, we are a child care center with a preschool component. Families get the best of both worlds: full-time or part-time child care with three meals and nap time, along with a developmentally appropriate learning environment. For more information about the curriculum see our Curriculum section.

Do I have to schedule an appointment to visit the center?

Although parents of enrolled children are welcome to visit the center at any time, prospective parents should call first to schedule an appointment. This way you can be sure that someone will be available to talk with you and show you around the center.

How long is the waiting list? What are my chances?

We are asked this question all the time. Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to tell you in advance what your chances are. A number of factors determine this; the number of currently enrolled children who continue into the next semester, therefore dictating how many openings we have for new children. The number of new children we enroll also depends on the types of schedules requested (part- or full-time) and space available in specific classrooms and Priority of Enrollment.

Will my child get in faster if I wait for part time?

Because it its so difficult to predict openings, we encourage families to request the schedule they truly need, and not what they hope will get them enrolled quicker. If you are able to be flexible, please indicate that on your Application for Enrollment.

(For student parents) Can my child come even if I do not have classes that day?

Yes, your child can be enrolled on days that you do not have scheduled classes.

How do I update my application to stay active?

The waitlist is updated every six months. Please Contact the Center to update your information at any time to stay active. If we have not heard from a family within the six months, or do not have current contact information for a family they are inactivated from the list.

Why do you charge an Application Fee?

The Children’s Center charges a non-refundable Application Fee of $45.00. This fee is charged to help minimize our waitlist which can become very long. Although the fee is non-refundable, if your child is enrolled the Application Fee is applied towards the regular Registration Fee of $45.00

How do I know I got in?

When your application is selected from the waitlist, the Children’s Center will notify you of your eligibility to enroll. An appointment will be scheduled for you to come to the Center. There is a non-refundable fee of $45.00 per child (which is covered by the Application Fee of $45.00) and a refundable deposit of $75.00 per family to secure a space due at that time. Until these fees are paid the space is not guaranteed.

If my child is still on the waiting list when they have a birthday do I go to the bottom of the list for the new age group?

Your child’s name will be added to the age group waiting list by your original date of application. Their application will be higher on the list than those who applied after you did and lower on the list than those who applied before you did.

How is it possible someone who applied after I did was offered a space before me?

While it is unlikely this will occur, it is possible for someone who applied after you did to be offered a spot before you if any of the following situations apply:

* Your preferred start date is after theirs
* The opening is in a different age group
* Your preferred schedule is not available
* Their position on the Priority of Enrollment is higher

I was told or I heard

Well-meaning friends, relatives or acquaintances sometimes inadvertently provide or share misinformation. A simple call to the Children’s Center will give you the most accurate and current information. To get precise answers to your questions about the Children’s Center please Contact the Center.

Do you offer drop-in care?

Parents sometimes call and inquire about the availability of child care for a day. We do not offer this type of child care. Parents can call the Idaho Careline for assistance in finding a program.

Can you recommend any other early childhood programs?

Choosing a quality early childhood program is an important decision. Many factors will determine which program best meets your needs. One program will not necessarily fit everyone’s needs. Please utilize the Finding a Quality Program Guide to assist you with this decision. The Children’s Center does encourage families to seek NAEYC Accredited programs. Families may also utilize the Idaho Careline.