Frequently Asked Questions about Enrollment Process


The Discovery Center's enrollment process is designed to ensure that parents have every opportunity they need to learn about our philosophy, curriculum, programs, and facilities. The first step in the process after initial contact and information exchange is described in the enrollment process.

Some of the most frequently-asked questions and answers about the enrollment process are shown below. Additional questions should be directed to the center's director.

How do I enroll my child?

When do I pay the deposit?

What is the $50 enrollment fee? How does it differ from the $200 program deposit?

I am considering enrolling two children. Is there a break for more than one child in the deposit, enrollment fee, or tuition?

I would like to come back to observe activities again. My spouse would like to drop in to observe activities or maybe just take an abbreviated tour. Is this possible?

I would like to bring my child to the center before I make a decision about enrollment. I would like to bring my child on the parent tour. Is either of these possible?



How do I enroll my child? Back to Top

Please review our enrollment process information, and then call to arrange and participate in a parent tour. Call The Discovery Center after 8:30 am any weekday after your visit to request enrollment, your desired schedule, and a start date. We'll either confirm your enrollment or let you know that we are going to put you on a wait list (in the event you request a schedule we are unable to accommodate). If we offer and you accept enrollment, we'll send paperwork for you to complete and return, along with a $200 deposit.

When do I pay the deposit? Back to Top

The $200 deposit, along with your completed paperwork, is due within two weeks after you receive the paperwork from us. Your deposit, which is applied to your final month's tuition in the program, holds your space in the program and is non-refundable, even if you later change your mind about enrolling. Please ensure you are committed to the program before sending us your completed paperwork and $200 deposit.

What is the $50 enrollment fee? How does it differ from the $200 program deposit? Back to Top

The $50 enrollment fee covers our personnel costs for enrolling your child, including all of the required paperwork, record keeping, and classroom teacher activities associated with welcoming new students. This enrollment fee is due with your child's first month's tuition, and it will be included on your first tuition statement (payment is due prior to your child's first day at school).

I am considering enrolling two children. Is there a break for more than one child in the deposit, enrollment fee, or tuition? Back to Top

Unfortunately, there is no rate reduction for more than one child enrolled per family, since our personnel costs are the same for multiple enrollments irrespective of whether they come from one family or multiple families. Each child enrolled will incur a $200 deposit charge and a $50 enrollment fee.

I would like to come back to observe activities again. My spouse would like to drop in to observe activities or maybe just take an abbreviated tour. Is this possible? Back to Top

Because of our staff's focus on providing the safest and most stimulating environment possible for our children, we allow visitors only on scheduled, supervised visits. We strongly encourage you to bring your spouse and/or any other adult family member decision makers on your scheduled tour to ensure that all decision makers have an opportunity to observe the program and have all of their questions answered. Any additional visits must be scheduled in advance as part of a regularly-scheduled parent tour.

Once a child is enrolled in the program, parents are welcome in the building at any time.

I would like to bring my child to the center before I make a decision about enrollment. I would like to bring my child on the parent tour. Is either of these possible? Back to Top

At The Discovery Center, we assume that parents, in consultation with other adult family members as appropriate, will make the important decision about whether or not to enroll. Parent tours are restricted to adults only. This is to ensure that attention is focused on the center's features, programs, philosophy, and curriculum, and that adequate time is available to answer parents' questions. We allow the child to visit only after a commitment has been made and enrollment papers and the enrollment deposit have been submitted. We do consider the child's visit an important part of the overall preschool experience and welcome him or her during the two weeks prior to his or her start date. We will contact parents to schedule this visit, and they are welcome to schedule more than one child visit (but no more than four) during this two-week period, if they feel it is helpful to their child.