Admissions

ELIGIBILITY and ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for child care at the CDC, one parent must have a present affiliation with American University. The parent’s primary affiliation to the university will be considered. All individuals are classified into one of six categories, listed below in descending priority. All members of the first category have priority over those in the second category, and so on. The affiliation must be in effect at the time of enrollment. If a space cannot be filled by categories I through IV, categories V and VI become effective.

Category I - AU Students

  • Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in degree programs (12 credit hour minimum)
  • Full-time graduate students enrolled in degree programs (full-time status as declared by a particular teaching unit;usually a 9 credit hour minimum)

Category II - AU Faculty/Staff

  • Full-time staff (minimum of 28 hours of employment per week or faculty status)
  • Part-Time staff (27 or fewer hours of employment per week) or adjunct faculty status

Category III - AU Alumni

  • Graduates of undergraduate and graduate programs

Category IV - Wesley Seminary Affiliates

  • Full-time faculty, staff, and students of Wesley Seminary

Category V - On-Campus Organizations Serving American University

  • Full-time employees of on-campus organizations (e.g., UPS, Bon Appétit, etc.)

Category VI - Community

  • Members of the community surrounding American University

ENROLLMENT PROCESS

  • A child must be born before an application can be submitted.
  • To be considered for admission, a child must be 2 years and 6 months old.
  • Before reaching the required admission age, a child is placed on a waiting list. The priority on the waiting list is determined by the date on the application form.
  • To be valid, an application form must be accompanied by the current application fee. Please see our Admission and Enrollment Information Bulletin for current tuition and fees and other pertinent information.
  • Children are considered eligible when a space becomes available. If a space opens before the requested enrollment date, the child will be skipped; however, he/she will remain on the waiting list.
  • If a child is offered a space in the Center, but the parent chooses not to accept said space, the child’s status may be deferred. The child’s name will remain on the waiting list for the subsequent enrollment period according to the date the application was received.
  • If there is no space for a child during a given enrollment period, the parents will be informed and asked whether they would like to remain on the list for subsequent enrollment periods.
  • A child is accepted formally at the Center after a deposit equal to one month’s tuition has been received OR a payroll deduction form has been submitted, all required enrollment forms (i.e., health certificate, emergency forms, developmental forms, etc.) are completed and returned, and the child has visited the Center.

REQUIRED ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTATION

Once a child is admitted, a confirmation letter is mailed out to the parents/guardians. Prior to the child’s first day of attendance, the parents/guardians are required to complete and provide the following enrollment documentation:

Boy reading

The CDC enrolls children who are between 2 and a half and six years old.

Boy playing with blocks

Indoor play area

Girls playing making a tower out of blocks

Indoor play area

Outdoor play at the CDC