most commonly asked question once you are on the waiting list is
“When will my child get in?” Unfortunately, it is not
possible to give you a definite answer to this question. We can
only estimate. We know this is frustrating. Therefore, we would
like to clarify our procedure for enrollment and the many variables
that can affect placement of your child in a center.
Openings occur when children leave the center or when they move
to the next classroom. We call parents from the waiting list only
when the opening is in the infant room; or when a child leaves the
center creating an available spot or if we do not have a child ready
to move up to an older classroom
The number of children in each classroom, birthdays of the children
in each room, and the size of the waiting list for each group play
a part in how long it may take to get your child into the program.
For example, our longest waiting list is for two-year-old care,
but due to DSS group size requirements we can only care for a maximum
of 10 two year olds in a classroom.
While you are waiting for a position in our center your child will
get older. Therefore, your child’s name will be moved to the
waiting list for the appropriate age group. This may change your
position on the list. For example, you put your toddler on our waiting
list when he is two years and ten months old. Two months pass and
you are still waiting to get your child in, and your child is now
three years old. Your child will be placed on the waiting list for
the three-year-old classroom, in a position that correlated to the
day we received your application. (This change effects two waiting
lists - the toddlers list and the preschool list).
People’s childcare arrangements change all the time. While
on our waiting list, some parents may have found alternate childcare
arrangements. When we call these parents to inform them of an opening,
they may be happy with their current arrangement and may not want
the opening. If this is the case, we ask if they wish to remain
on our list in case their current arrangement changes. Then we contact
the next family on the list.
Most openings occur one at a time; therefore, parents with twins
or siblings on the list may opt to enroll one child at a time since
they may have to wait a long time for two positions to become available
at the same time for the ages they need. (If they opt to enroll
one child at a time, it is with the understanding that they will
get the next available opening for their other child.)
In addition please note that we maintain two separate waiting lists,
one for students and one for community. Therefore a community family
may be contacted to maintain the ratio of community enrollment as
decided on by our board of Directors.
We hope this description will help to clarify our procedures regarding
the waiting list.