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Information for Future Families


Future Families

Thank you for your interest in the Child Development and Learning Lab. We encourage families to tour the lab and read through our philosophy, before applying. You can schedule a tour by calling (989) 774-3760 or emailing  Applications will be available and be accepted starting December 1st at 8:00 a.m.

The Child Development and Learning lab enrolls eligible 3 and 4-year old children in a five-day program from 8:45 am-2:45 pm Monday through Friday. The CDLL runs on the same calendar schedule as the University. There are currently 32 Head Start spots and 16 tuition-based spots in our program. The cost of the tuition-based program is $3000 for the school year with a $100 registration fee. The EightCAP, Inc. Agency is responsible for the Head Start enrollment. If you think your income may qualify for a Head Start spot, please go to to fill out an application or call (989) 772-0110 ext. 113.  Enrollment for Head Start is open year-round.

-If you are interested in a 3-year-old spot either in our Tuition or Head Start program for the Fall 2021 year, your child must be turning 3 years old by September 1st of 2021.


-If you are interested in a 4-year-old spot in our Head Start or Tuition program for the Fall 2021 year, your child must turn 4 years old by September 1st of 2021.

Enrollment Process
Enrollment for our tuition program is open Tuesday, December 1 at 8:00 a.m. through Friday, January 15 for families whose children are eligible to attend the following fall. Currently, we complete enrollment in January after the open enrollment period has closed. If we do not have a spot available for your child, you will receive a letter typically by the end of January.

We have 48 spots, with 32 of those are funded through a grant from Head Start that EightCAP, Inc. handles enrollment for. The remaining 16 tuition paid spots are filled by returning children first (meaning if they are here this year as a three-year-old and will return next year as a four-year-old). There are many factors that go into our enrollment process and we reserve the right to look at each application individually to decide if a child should be enrolled.

If you have submitted an application for your child, it is imperative that you contact us with any contact information changes. If your child does is not enrolled as a three-year-old or if you prefer for them to wait until they are four, you will now need to re-submit an application the following enrollment period as we no longer will be "rolling over" the applications to the following year.

As stated in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct:
We shall not participate in practices that discriminate against children by denying benefits, giving special advantages, or excluding them from programs or activities on the basis of their sex, race, national origin, immigration status, preferred home language, religious beliefs, medical condition, disability, or the marital status/family structure, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs or other affiliations of their families. (Aspects of this principle do not apply in programs that have a lawful mandate to provide services to a particular population of children.)

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