Enrollment and Tuition

Dear Families,

We would like to thank you for your interest in the Edgar L and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center (Berkley CFDC) and take this opportunity to explain the application/waiting  pool procedures.

To become active in the waiting pool you must first return your application card and application fee.  For families receiving MO DSS subsidy the application fee are waived.  Upon receipt of your application, we enter your name into our waiting list database and you will receive a receipt.

Once an opening for enrollment occurs, we immediately look at the waiting pool.  When a classroom spot becomes available we work with established guidelines; siblings and applicants who qualify for MO DSS subsidy (UMKC affiliate or community) have priority.  We also take into consideration diversity, age and gender distribution and time in the waiting pool.  As a result of the application process, we are unable to “number” our applicants.  Until an actual opening occurs for your child, we are unable to give a definite time frame for enrollment.

The majority of our enrollment occurs in the fall.  However, people occasionally make life-changing decisions that affect their enrollment at Berkley CFDC (e. g. moving).  Life changes can result in an unanticipated opening for a child.  As a result, we encourage you to join our waiting pool as soon as you become interested in our program.

We enroll the infants as a group in the fall.  We believe in creating a strong community between the children, teachers, and families.  Therefore, the classroom of children and teachers remain as a unit for the next two years.  When a spot in the infant/toddler rooms becomes available, we immediately look at the waiting pool.

When the children move to the preschool program, ratios of children to teachers increase, thus more openings in our program become available.  The ratios for two-year olds turning three are 7:1 and the ratios for children three years and older are 9:1, thus increasing the possibility of enrollment.  Therefore, we encourage you to remain in the waiting pool as your child grows.

Once again thank you for your intrest in the Berkley Child and Family Development Center.

If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact Polly Prendergast, director of Berkley. We are an equal opportunity institution.

Sincerely,

Polly D. Prendergast, M.A-Director