Although CHDCC is a twelve-month program, we operate on a school year that goes from mid-August to mid-August.
CHDCC is a twelve-month program that operates on a school year that goes from mid-August to mid-August. Most of our enrollment occurs in August when the kindergarten-bound children leave. At that time, all children move to a new classroom and additional children begin. Most of these spaces are confirmed in the spring and early summer. Once the classrooms are full, additional children are only enrolled if a child leaves the program.
It is important to the children in the Center to enroll a cross-section of the community. To this end, we include in our budget a line item for families who receive scholarship money through the Department of Social Services, Early Head Start and Child Care Services Association, including UNC scholarship funding. Each year, several spaces in infants, toddlers and two's are reserved for children enrolled through Early Head Start. Children of Center staff, siblings of currently enrolled children, and children of employees of UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Hospital are given priority on the waiting list.
REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT PROCESS
Families interested in enrolling a child are encouraged to schedule a tour with the Director or Assistant Director to see the program in action and talk with us about what you are looking for in an Early Childhood Education program. At this time, the family may fill out a registration form and pay a $50 registration fee to be placed on a waiting list.
When an opening becomes available in the child's age group, the family is notified and should visit and observe the Center with the child. This visit will be brief and informal. The child will be encouraged to observe the group and/or join in the activities. The teacher will let the child set the pace for this first interaction. This visit is an opportunity to make sure the classroom is an appropriate placement for the child. If the position is a good match for the child, the family will be offered the space.
Once a family has been notified of a space, they are given one week to accept or decline.
If the family accepts the space for their child, a security deposit of $1000 is required to confirm enrollment. The deposit is applied to the last month that a child is enrolled in the program. This deposit is refundable only if notification on non-enrollment is provided at least 60 days prior to the scheduled enrollment date.
If a space is offered and a family declines to enroll but would like to remain on the waiting list, the registration date will be changed to the date the space was declined. In other words, the application will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list. A space may be declined only once before being removed from the waiting list.
Once a family has accepted and confirmed the space, a start date and a plan to transition the child into the classroom will be established. If the space is available immediately, enrollment must occur within 30 days of its acceptance.
Prior to the child's first day of attendance, the first month's tuition and a $200 Activity Fee must be paid and at least one parent/guardian must attend an orientation with the Director or Assistant Director. During this orientation we will ensure that all enrollment forms have been completed, review the parent handbook and discuss the program’s communication avenues. During this meeting, parents/guardians are encouraged to share information about the child and family to help the staff get to know them and to facilitate a smooth transition for their child.