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FSU Childcare & Early Learning Program

FSU Childcare & Early Learning Programs
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Florida Kidcare gives information about low cost health insurance for uninsured children from birth through 18.
  • Leon County School System gives information about the local public school system.
  • Early Learning Coalition provides parents with tuition assistance through the School Readiness Program and enrollment for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) as well as parenting resources and classes.


Priority is given to full–time, currently enrolled FSU students and currently employed FSU faculty and staff, followed by FSU Alumni and finally other interested parents in the community.


Tuition and Program Fees

Tuition is billed monthly. Tuition is based on classroom assignment, not age. Monthly rate is based on 44 weeks of service.
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
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.

Student Rate

Parents must be registered for a minimum of one class per semester. Parents may take one semester off per year. In order to receive the student rate during the off semester, the parent must be registered as student for the preceding and upcoming semester. Requests to take a semester off should be submitted in writing prior to taking the semester off.

Students that have graduated and wish to have their child remain in the program are eligible for a one semester grace period following graduation at the student rate. Cost of Care rates will be automatically assessed once the parent is no longer affiliated with the Florida State University. This policy applies to Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

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 has allows campus-based childcare program 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:

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.

CIES Students

CIES students may receive student rates for two semesters. Requests for additional semesters are decided on a case by case basis.

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:

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 See more at:

Waiting List Policy 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 child development centers. When the completed application is received in our office, the child is placed on our waiting list. The application is available on our website at this link, Enrollment–Waitlist Application . You may also contact our office at 850–644–7970 and complete the application by telephone.

Waiting List:

We maintain one central waiting list for our centers. As the list is usually long, especially for children under 12 months old, it is important to apply as early as possible. The average wait time for enrollment varies depending on the parent classification (i.e. FSU student, FSU staff/faculty, FSU Alumni, community) and the age of the child. As children continue to age while on the waiting list, they are automatically considered for any space that becomes available for which they qualify for by age.

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 centers are accredited by NAEYC, we follow their guidelines: 1 teacher to 3 children from 6 weeks to 12 months, 1 teacher to 4 children from 12 months to 30 months, 1 teacher to 9 children from 20 months to 60 months. Group sizes range from 6 to 18 depending on the age of the child with the youngest children in the smaller groups.
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

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
  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:

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