Child and Family Development Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child have to attend five days a week?

No. The number of days a child attends is up to the parent. However, the slot reserved for a child must be paid for at the weeky rate regardless of attendance. Parents are encouraged to bring their child each day to provide consistency and to allow their child to take part in continuing classroom activities.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

Children attending the preschool program are required to be potty trained. The preschool classrooms are not equipped to change diapers.

How do I enroll my child?

The Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) has a waiting list for enrollment. If you wish to put your child’s name on the waiting list, forms are available at the CFDC. The CFDC is located on the main campus directly east of the Computer Science building.

Based on the date on the waiting list form, families will be called as openings occur. We annually renew our waiting list each May 1. If you have not contacted the CFDC administrative staff prior to May 1 to confirm that you still wish to enroll your child, your child will be removed from the waiting list on May 1. Families are encouraged to complete a Waiting List Form as far in advance as possible as the waiting time for enrollment opportunities has historically been at least one year.

How old does my child have to be to attend the CFDC?

The CFDC houses five different programs for children 6 weeks through five years of age.

Is drop-in care offered?

No. The Center does not provide drop-in hourly or daily childcare or babysitting, but quality educational programming and care for young children. Children are enrolled in the programs for five days a week.

When is the Center open?

The CFDC is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and operates on a 9-month academic calendar following the College’s Fall and Spring semester schedules. The Center is closed on all academic holidays and breaks (e.g. Spring Break, Christmas vacation).

Who can attend the CFDC?

Childcare is available to full-time students of SJC; 20% of the slots are available to full-time faculty and staff of SJC; 10% of the slots are available to community members. For the purposes of the CFDC program, a student must carry a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours during the semester for their child to be enrolled at the Center.