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Admission is open to children two months to five years of age. Smith College employees receive priority in admission.

Application Deadline
March 1

Licensed Capacity
The program is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Infants: 7
Mixed infants and toddlers: 9
Toddler: 18
Preschoolers: 52

Age is determined by age at the start of the program.

1 Infant (two months – fifteen months)
2 Toddler( fifteen months –two years and nine months)
3 Preschool (three-years-old by December 1– five-years-old)

Teacher:Child Ratio
Preschool: 3:18
Infants: 3:7
Toddlers: 3:9

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

Summer: 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 infant/toddler program.

Tuition Grants for Smith Employees
Benefited Smith employees are eligible for a tuition grant through the Office of Human Resources.

Tuition Rates
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




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