WCCC’s Early Childhood Program’s purpose-built building was constructed in 1988 as a result of collaboration among Babson College, Wellesley College, and WCCC. Due to this collaboration, two-thirds of available slots are first offered to employees and full-time students of Wellesley and Babson colleges and one-third to community members from Massachusetts towns. Enrollment questions should be directed to Suzanne or Paula at 781-235-7667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECP APPLICATION for FALL 2022 will be posted by August 15, 2021.
Each year, we begin accepting applications on September 1st for the following September. There is a $50 application fee (make check payable to WCCC). We use the applications as our waiting list in the event that someone leaves during the year. Spaces for the following September will be offered in February and March.
Please mail the application and application fee:
Wellesley Community Children’s Center (attn: Paula Dolan)
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
**Due to COVID-19, our typical enrollment procedure, as outlined below, will be different this year. We will set up a few enrollment Zoom meetings to talk about the program, answer questions and show families a video of classrooms to get a better understanding of what a typical day might look like. This year, Assistant Director Paula Dolan will schedule a time for an individual Q and A with any family for whom we may offer a space.
Typical Year: We generally schedule a few one hour group tours for prospective families each year. There is no need to rsvp for tours. Tour dates are set in August each year.
Parents will be invited to have a private tour, typically in December, January or February, while the program is in operation, if it looks like there is a possibility that they will be offered a space for their child.
We have two Infant, two Toddler, and three Preschool Classrooms in which children are generally placed by chronological age. Children remain in their classrooms for the entire school year with the same group of children and teachers.
In the Infant and Toddler rooms, there are 2, 3, or 5-day options for enrollment. In the preschool rooms, the options are 3,4,or 5 days.
Upon acceptance into the program, families sign a contract that is in effect until the end of the school year (typically end of August). Currently, WCCC requires a non-refundable deposit of $300 when contracts are signed.
WCCC’s annual tuition is divided into 12 monthly payments due on the first of each month.
Wellesley College provides $40,000 in financial aid to college employees whose children are enrolled at the Early Childhood Program. The application process is confidential. Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of people not associated with Wellesley College or WCCC.
Teachers and parents partner together to help make each child’s transition into the program as smooth as possible. Our typical transition plan includes the following:
Primary Teacher Home Visit: Prior to the first day of school (done at school during COVID times) each child’s primary teacher will reach out to parents to set up a time to make a connection to learn more about each child and their family.
Transition Book: Each classroom makes a transition book which will include teacher and classroom photos so parents and children can ‘read’ about their future classrooms and see photos of their teachers.
Classroom Visit: Children visit their future classroom.
Summer Parent Welcome Meeting: typically on Zoom in the evening.
Staggered Start to New School Year: In order to facilitate the connection between teachers and children and ease the transition to a new classroom, we ask that all children attend for a half day on the first two days of school. We will split each classroom in half so that part of the group attends from 7:30-12 and the other half attends from 12:15-5:45 on each day. Siblings will have the same schedule.
Parent/Teacher Back to School Nights: Typically takes place during the evening in mid-September. (Usually in-person, but on Zoom during COVID)
September Family Social Gathering: While your child socializes with friends, chat with other parents and begin to make connections with other families.