Enrollment and Fees

There is immediate availability in our infant and junior preschool programs. Schedule a tour!

Enrollment occurs year round. Children are accepted depending on their age, their developmental needs, and which classroom has an opening. Priority is given to children on the Wait List in date order of application received. Every attempt is made to secure a fair process for admission for all children.

The Admission process begins with a Facility Tour and Meeting with the Executive Director. At that time, one can sign a contract, pay their first month’s (non-refundable) tuition, Registration fees, and secure an actual start date.

Wait List applications require a $150 non-refundable fee and a Wait List Date secures how quickly a child will be admitted. If there are current openings, the $150 fee is still secured and a Space Offer is then presented. Please make your check (no cash) out to “Children’s Pre-School Center” or “CPSC” and mail it along with your completed waitlist application form to 4000 Middlefield Road, T-1 Palo Alto, CA 94303.

>> Click here to download the Wait List Application Form

We strongly urge parents to visit the school before deciding on applying or adding their child’s name to our Wait List. During your visit, we will share our philosophy and our practices, talk about how we feel children learn ‘best’, show you a couple of classrooms, demonstrate how learning unfolds in our classrooms, discuss the benefits of open-ended materials, Kindergarten Readiness, and answer questions you might have. Our strong partnership with our families begins as one enters our facility being greeted respectfully, meeting and being toured by our Executive Director and Program Coordinator, and meeting our Business Manager.

CPSC prides itself as being one of the preschools of choice for families who come from abroad and need quality caregiving from 8 weeks old until Kindergarten. We understand the many complexities of families who move to the bustling Silicon Valley-Palo Alto area and need to register and have placement prior to arrival from other countries. We facilitate potential placement for international families by providing: a virtual tour, telephone discussions, Zoom, and connections with existing families from the same country of origin.

The Admission’s process requires records of immunizations and a physician’s physical exam along with mandated state licensing forms. An Enrollment Meeting is set up between the prospective family with the child present and the Executive Director. As soon as the required documents are completed a date is given for actual admission. Just prior to the actual start date, all children’s files must be complete. This ensures the health and safety of all of our children in our classrooms.

Two Transition Visits and an Intake Meeting with one of the core classroom teachers must be completed prior to an actual start date. CPSC wants to ensure a smooth transition-entry for every child and thus, the Transition Visits, one in the morning and one in the afternoon prior to starting, are required. Partnerships between parents and our teaching teams unfold naturally as teachers are highly trained in the field of Early Childhood Education and those serving our infants and youngest toddlers have infant specialization classes.

Children’s Pre-School Center will not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

2024 Fee Schedule



Infants Classroom (2)
8 weeks until 14 months

$3,215 $2,320 $1,550 $182 / Day

Toddlers Classroom (2)
14 months to 2 years old

$3,175 $2,290 $1,530 $179 / Day

Preschool Classrooms (6)
2 – 6 years of age

$2,700 $1,940 $1,300 $153 / Day
  • The Extra Day rate for all Alumni is $210 per day
  • To Register: Registration Fee ($150) with Signed Contract and first month’s tuition (as above) locks in a space to start
  • To Wait List there is a $150 nonrefundable fee per child
  • Families with more than one child attending CPSC at the same time receive a 10%
    discount on their monthly tuition based on the lesser tuition amount. 
  • There is a written 30 days’ notice required (per contract) for families exiting CPSC and
    increasing or decreasing a child’s schedule. A $500 fee may be charged for changing a
    schedule or start date (and the change is based on center availability)
  • All checks can be made to CPSC or Children’s Preschool Center
  • Families are encouraged to set up automatic bill pay with their bank as we prefer not to accept cash payments.