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Admission

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The Fort Hill Infant and Toddler program enrolls children two months to 32 months of age in three classrooms. To be eligible for the Infant and Toddler program, children must be two months of age.

The Fort Hill Preschool program enrolls children 2.9 to 4.11 years of age in three classrooms. To be eligible for the Preschool program, children must be 3 years of age by December 1.

Smith College Campus School

For families with older children—kindergarten through grade six—please contact the Smith College Campus School. The Campus School is the laboratory school for the Department of Education and Child Study at Smith. The school serves children from kindergarten through sixth grade, with two classes at each grade level. The Campus School is located at Gill Hall on the Smith campus.


Admission Process

Application and Fee 

Please submit the completed application form and $30 application fee to: 

Fort Hill
28 Lyman Road 
Northampton, MA 01063

...and contact the assistant director, Jen Godlesky, at jgodlesk@smith.edu or call 413-585-3290 to schedule a meeting and a visit to the school. 


Admission Deadlines

Applications are accepted from September 1 through March 1, for the following year. First consideration is given to applications received on or before March 1. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis. 


Admission Decisions/Enrollment

Admission to the Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs is open to all families. Acceptance priorities are as follows:

  1. Children of benefited Smith employees with siblings enrolled at the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE).
  2. Children of new benefited Smith employees.
  3. Siblings of community children enrolled at the CECE.
  4. Children of new community families 
  • Full-time schedule requests receive priority over part-time requests.
  • Specific day requests within a part-time schedule will only be accommodated as space allows.
  • Placement of non-Smith families to the Infant/Toddler progrm does not guarantee placement for a subsequent year in the Infant/Toddler Program.

Parents will be notified in writing of the admission decision. Letters will be sent by April 1. Enrollment materials included with the admission letter must be completed and returned with a $500 non-refundable deposit within a week of receiving the admission acceptance. 


Reenrollment

Reenrollment is determined in February; the placement of a community family will be reviewed only if Smith demands exceeds available capacity.  Reenrollment priorities are as follows:

  1. Presently enrolled children of Smith-affiliated families.
  2. Children of new benefited Smith employees.
  3. Siblings of community children enrolled at the CECE.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Smith College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation of differences. Smith College does not discriminate in its educational and employment policies on the basis of religion, race, color, creed, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or with regard to the bases outlined in the Veterans Readjustment Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. The Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education does not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, College Hall 31, 413-585-2141.

Contact

Center for Early Childhood Education

Fort Hill
28 Lyman Road
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Phone: 413-585-3290
Fax: 413-585-3292
Email: cece@smith.edu