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FSU Childcare & Early Learning Programs
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Resources

  • Other Resources

  • First Words provides screenings and resources to support families with children 9 to 24 months of age and to identify early signs of developmental delays, including developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other communication delays. http://firstwordsproject.com/
  • FSU Center for Couple and Family Therapy offers confidential services to individuals, couples and families including relationships, work/school-related issues, couple and marital enrichment, parenting and stepparenting, couple communication and conflict resolution, individual, couple & family stress, divorce and child custody, parenting classes, domestic violence & abuse, substance use and abuse struggles, and grief and loss counseling. http://ccft.fsu.edu/
  • Kids Health is a web site for parents, kids and teens that is devoted to articles about a wide array of health issues, including growth and development, healthy eating, fitness, childhood infections and positive parenting. http://kidshealth.org/parent/
  • FC Forum is helpful for parents who would like to know the indicators of quality child care settings or are interested in current issues in advocacy for quality child care in the State of Florida. http://www.thechildrensforum.com
  • Florida Kidcare gives information about low cost health insurance for uninsured children from birth through 18. http://www.floridakidcare.org
  • Leon County School System gives information about the local public school system. http://www.leon.k12.fl.us/
  • Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) The VPK program is a free program offered to children who turn 4 years old on or before September 1 of the school year. The FSU Childcare and Early Learning program does NOT offer the VPK program. For more information on VPK providers and enrolling in a VPK program: http://www.elcbigbend.org/Parents/Voluntary-PreKindergarten-VPK
  • School Readiness Program Parents who are working and/or attending school for a minimum of 20 hours per week may apply for tuition assistance under the School Readiness program. Parents will be responsible for paying the full amount of tuition at the stated rate above before the 10th of each month. Any subsidies from the School Readiness Program will be applied as a credit to your account when it is received from the agency. To enroll on the ELC's Wait List https://spe.schoolreadiness.org/pe/. See more at: http://www.elcbigbend.org/Parents/School-Readiness-Waitlist#sthash.pKz5MBPj.dpuf

Tuition

Tuition and Program Fees

NEW RATES EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.
Tuition is billed monthly. Tuition is based on classroom assignment, not age. Monthly rate is based on 44 weeks of service.
CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT AGES COST OF CARE (non-students) STUDENT
Infant and Crawlers 6 weeks - 11 months $1,000 $800
Wobblers and Walkers 12-23 months $850 $650
Toddlers and Tweeners 24-35 months $750 $550
Preschool (Green Room) 36-48 months $675 $500
PROGRAM FEES
Annual Registration Fee Charged at Enrollment & every September $20
Late Tuition Fee Tuition paid after the 10th of the month $10
Returned Check Fee/Insufficient Funds   $25
Late Pick–up Fee 1st time Courtesy Notice
  2nd time $10.00 for any part of first 5 minutes + $1.00 each minute after 5:35 PM
  3rd time $15.00 for any part of first 5 minutes + $1.00 each minute after 5:35 PM
  4th time, thereafter $20.00 for any part of first 5 minutes + $1.00 each minute after 5:35 PM

Parent Status

Tuition rates are assessed according to parent status and the child’s classroom assignment. All rates include formula, baby food, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, diapers, wipes, all curriculum and educational supplies.


Student Rate

Undergraduate and Graduate parents must be registered for a minimum of 1 class as a degree seeking student. Students receiving tuition waivers as part of an assistantship are classified as students. During ANY semester, a student may take a semester off and still receive the student rate, as long as the student parent is registered for both the preceding and following the semester. All requests must be submitted in writing.

CIES Students may receive student rates for two semesters. The program will consider extensions on a case by case basis.

Special student Rate- Parents who are enrolled as special students may request, in writing, to receive the student rate. The program will consider requests on a case by case basis.


Non-Student Rate

Faculty/Staff-Parent must be employed as an FSU faculty member, OPS, USPS or A&P staff member, FSU Visiting Scholar/Researcher/Post Doc. FSU employees enrolled as students or as a student using the university tuition waiver will receive the non-student rate.


Childcare Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS Grant)

The CCAMPIS grant is a federal grant that supports the participation of low-income parents in post-secondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. This grant allows campus-based childcare programs to offer reduced and sliding scale rates for Pell Grant eligible/recipient students and military-connected student parents, as well as additional childcare tuition discounts to low-income graduate student parents. More information on the CCAMPIS Grant: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/campisp/index.html.

To receive the Pell Grant student parent rates, the parent must be eligible to receive or be receiving Pell Grant funds. To receive the Military connected student parent rate, the student must be in veteran or active duty status or have a spouse in veteran or active duty status.


Voluntary Pre–kindergarten (VPK)

The VPK program is a free program offered to children who turn 4 years old on or before September 1 of the school year. The FSU Childcare and Early Learning program does NOT offer the VPK program. For more information on VPK providers and enrolling in a VPK program: http://www.elcbigbend.org/Parents/Voluntary-PreKindergarten-VPK


School Readiness Program

Parents who are working and/or attending school for a minimum of 20 hours per week may apply for tuition assistance under the School Readiness program. Parents will be responsible for paying the full amount of tuition at the stated rate above before the 10th of each month. Any subsidies from the School Readiness Program will be applied as a credit to your account when it is received from the agency. To enroll on the ELC's Wait List https://spe.schoolreadiness.org/pe/ See more at: http://www.elcbigbend.org/Parents/School-Readiness-Waitlist#sthash.pKz5MBPj.dpuf

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can apply as soon as you are pregnant and have a due date.
Yes. The application process is the same for students, faculty and staff.
Yes. The wait for a space is typically much longer for Alumni and Community members since FSU students, faculty and staff take priority for any space that becomes available.
No, only FSU students are eligible for the student status and thus the student tuition rate.
The first step is to fill out the application completely and submit it to us. Once your fully completed application is received in our office, your child is then placed on a waiting list. When a space becomes available for which your child is eligible you will receive an e–mail notification about the opening and procedures for accepting a space.
The waiting list is updated in May of each year. An e–mail is sent to all parents who have a child on the waiting list. Unless we receive a confirming response (that is, the parent tells us that they do want to stay on the waiting list), the child is removed. It is important for parents to make sure that our records reflect a valid and current e–mail address so that there are no upsets because we did not get a confirming response or have an in–valid e–mail address.
No. We have only full–time spaces.
No, the centers are closed. They are only open when classes are in session or 44 weeks of the year.
The centers are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. when FSU Classes are in session.
Yes. We encourage you and your child to visit the center before the first day. Contact the director of the center that your child will be enrolled to arrange a mutually convenient time. The tours usually take about one–half hour.
Yes. The children are provided with a breakfast, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack.
Yes. We encourage parent involvement in the activities of the center.
If children get sick while attending the center, parents are called to pick up their children so that they can be cared for at home. We do not have the capability or facilities to care for sick children.

Since our center is accredited by NAEYC, we follow their guidelines.

  • Infants – no more than 8 children in a group, with 2 teaching staff
  • Toddlers – no more than 12 children in a group, with 2 teaching staff
  • 4-5 year-olds – no more than 20 children in a group, with 2 teaching staff

Yes. FSU Childcare & Early Learning Programs has a long history of welcoming children whose first language is not English.
No. Parents wishing to enroll their child in a VPK program in Leon County should contact the Early Learning Coalition at http://www.elcbigbend.org/Parents/Voluntary-PreKindergarten-VPK.

Schedule a Tour

Families are encouraged to tour our facilities. If you will be bringing your child with you for the tour the active times of the day are best so that your child can also engage with the other children while visiting.

Families may tour at any time 7:30 AM–5:30 PM, however to get the most out of your tour we offer the following suggestions:

  1. Review the daily schedules and plan what activities you're a most interested in seeing. Schedules can be found here http://childcare.fsu.edu/parents#resources
  2. Call to make an appointment to ensure that the Center Director or one of our Faculty is available to walk through with your family and answer your questions.
  3. The time the program is most active is from 8:00 AM–12:45 PM and 2:45–5:00 PM. These are great times to see children and teachers fully engaged in learning and play experiences.
  4. 9:00–10:00 AM, 12:00–12:45 PM and 2:45–3:30 are breakfast, lunch and snack times. These are good times for families to see our nutrition program and see how learning continues even while eating.
  5. 7:30–8:00 AM and 5:00–5:30 PM are the busiest times of the day since families are dropping off/picking up their children and talking with teachers about their child's day.
  6. 12:45–2:45 PM is the quietest time of the day as children are napping/resting and not very actively engaged in learning and play.

Schedule your tour: http://childcare.fsu.edu/programs

Important Dates

Spring 2019  
March 29 Military Ball/Parents night 6:30-10:30PM
April 1 Tuition Due
April 10 Extended Care Pilot Reminder and application link sent to families
April 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
April 12 Extended Care Pilot applications open
April 19 FSU Day at the Capital
April 22 Extended Care Pilot application close
April 23 Extended Care Pilot space assignment confirmation sent to families
May 1 Tuition due
May 3 Last day of Spring Semester
May 6-8 Extended Care Pilot (Pre-Registration required) 8:00AM-5:00PM
May 9-10 Summer Break- Center closed for cleaning and training; Hours of operation 8:00AM-5:00PM
May 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
   
Summer 2019  
May 13 Center opens for normal operations 7:30AM-5:30PM; Summer semester starts
May 17 Summer Musical 5:30PM-7:30PM
May 27 Closed - Memorial Day
June 1 Tuition Due
June 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
July 1 Tuition Due
July 2 Last day to file withdrawal if not returning for Fall semester
July 4 Closed - 4th of July
July 10 Extended Care Pilot Reminder and application link sent to families
July 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
July 12 Extended Care Pilot applications open
July 23 Extended Care Pilot applications close
July 24 Extended Care Pilot space assignment confirmation sent to families
August 1 Tuition Due
August 2 Last day of Summer Semester
August 5-9 Extended Care Pilot (pre-registration required) 8:00AM-5:00PM
August 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
August 12-23 Center closed for cleaning and training; Hours of operation 8:00AM-5:00PM
   
Fall 2019  
August 26 Center opens for normal operations 7:30AM-5:30PM; Fall semester starts
September 1 Tuition Due
September 2 Closed - Labor Day
September 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
October 1 Tuition Due
October 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
October 25 Fall Festival
November 1 Tuition Due
November 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
November 11 Closed - Veteran's Day
November 13 Last day to file withdrawal if not returning for Spring semester
November 20 Extended Care Pilot Reminder and application link sent to families
November 22 Extended Care Pilot applications open
November 27 Center Closed
November 28-29 Closed - Thanksgiving
December 1 Tuition Due
December 2 Extended Care Pilot applications close
December 3 Extended Care Pilot space assignment confirmation sent to families
December 10 $10 fee applied for late tuition payment
December 13 Last day of Fall Semester
December 16-20 Extended Care Pilot (pre-registration required) 8:00AM-5:00PM
December 23-31 Center closed

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