AdmissionChildren between the ages of 2 ½ (toilet trained) and 5 may be admitted to the regular preschool program. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 may be admitted for after school care. FAMU students are granted priority for all available spaces.
Families, whose names appear on the waiting lists are contacted first regarding admissions as space becomes available. Families’ names are placed on the waiting list upon completion and submission of an application form.
FAMU New Beginnings ERCCD reserves the right to enroll children that we can accommodate to the best of our ability. In the unfortunate event that we feel a child's safety and needs cannot be met adequately, we may deny the responsibility at the discretion of administration. This decision will not be taken lightly and the family may meet with our Director to thoroughly discuss the risks associated with accepting the child in our programs.
Children may be enrolled for a minimum of 20 hours per week and a maximum of 50 hours per week by completing the necessary enrollment forms available during teacher pre-planning week or at open house. Families will be notified of the dates.
All returning families will be required to complete an enrollment packet annually, at least two weeks prior to June 30th of the current academic year. A non-refundable deposit is required, if the family is re-admitted. Families will be notified of re-admission status within two weeks after receipt of the new enrollment application. Re-admission is contingent upon proper notification of intent to return or withdraw, payment history, and program compatibility. Families may not be re-admitted if prior to leaving the center (including summer) the family fails to provide 30 days advance notice of intent to return, if the center’s director and staff determine that the center is unable to meet the needs of the child or family, or if there is a delinquent outstanding account balance.
Priority for enrollment is given to FAMU students and parents that enroll their children for full-time care.
A parent is considered to be a student if the parent is enrolled in one or more classes at Florida A & M University and the university receives an activity fee and tuition. Students are required to provide a copy of their class schedule each semester, cashier’s receipt and/or financial aide award letter as proof of enrollment.
If a child is enrolled in the center and the parent’s student status changes (i.e. graduation, not taking classes during a particular semester), the child may remain at the center until withdrawn or until reaching kindergarten age. Fees, however, will be adjusted accordingly.
All parents must complete the parent orientation packet before the child is considered officially enrolled. See parent checklist in the orientation packet.
The center is open each semester from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the pre-school program, 9:00 a. m. – 12:15 p.m. for VPK and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday – 9:30 p.m. for evening care. Friday and Saturday care available based on the demand and cost effectiveness. The center will be closed during state holidays, teacher planning days, one week during the winter holiday season. We are closed to children for three weeks after the first Friday in August. Families are encouraged to plan their vacation(s) during these time periods.