Admission is open to children two months
to five years of age. Smith College employees receive priority in admission.
The program is licensed by
the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
and toddlers: 9
Age is determined by
age at the start of the program.
1 Infant (two months – fifteen months)
fifteen months –two years and nine months)
3 Preschool (three-years-old by December 1– five-years-old)
Classrooms are taught by a supervising teacher
and one or two assistant teachers. The program is supported by studio teachers in visual arts and music and by two rotating assistants who substitute
when teachers are absent. The administration includes a director, program coordinator
and administrative assistant. Smith College students participate in the program in
a variety of ways.
Academic-year: August-May, 40 weeks
June-August 10-week program. (Enrollment is open to children enrolled for an academic year)
Enrollment and Schedule Options
Enrollment is for the entire
academic-year or summer session. Payroll deduction is available to Smith employees.
Full-time enrollment receives priority.
Preschool: 5-day enrollment, 8 a.m. arrival,
option for 12:45, 2:45, 4:45 p.m. departure.
Infant/Toddler: 3-, 4-, or 5-day enrollment,
8 a.m. arrival, option for 2:45 or 4:45 p.m. departure.
Children are placed in classrooms at the beginning
of the academic-year and remain in the same classroom for the year. To the greatest
extent possible, children remain with a familiar teacher for three years in the
Tuition Grants for Smith Employees
Benefited Smith employees are eligible for a tuition
the Office of Human Resources.
Tuition is determined by age at the start of
the program. Tuition category (i.e., infant, toddler, or preschooler) applies for
the academic year and the summer following that year. Please click here for tuition rates.
The Center follows the Smith College administrative
calendar. The program also closes for
the college spring recess in March and closes periodically for professional
activities. There is a two-week closing between the end of the summer program and
the beginning of the academic-year. (Fort Hill 2016-2017 Calendar )
1. Siblings of presently enrolled Smith children (Siblings are defined as children concurrently attending CECE)
2. Children of new Smith-affiliated families (Smith affiliation is defined as follows: at least one of the child's parents is a benefited faculty or staff member at Smith College, whether full or part-time)
3. Siblings of presently enrolled community children.
4. New community families
Reenrollment Placement Priorities
1. Presently enrolled children of Smith-affiliated families (See above for definition of Smith-affiliated)
2. Children of new Smith-affiliated families
3. Children of presently enrolled community families
Other Admission/Reenrollment Placement Priorities
**Full-time schedule requests have priority over part-time requests
**Specific day requests within a part-time schedule will only be accomodated as space allows
**Admission/reenrollment of non-Smith families to the Infant/Toddler Program does not guarantee placement for a subsequent year in the Infant/Toddler Program