Thank you for your interest in Friends Center for Children. We believe quality early childhood education should be an option for all families, regardless of their financial status. At Friends Center, families pay based on their income. We have a sliding scale tuition, participate in School readiness Program and accept Care 4 Kids funding. We welcome and encourage all families to apply to the Friends Center for Children. During the enrollment process, as with every aspect of our program, we take the time to get to know your family, focusing on your child’s individual development and childcare needs. 


Enrollment Process


Please fill out the application online. There is a $35.00 application fee that should be submitted with your application.

Initial Visit

Adults come to visit the center to tour the classroom and meet with the staff and director, who will explain the program and answer any questions you may have.

Child Visit

This is an opportunity for your child to see and explore the space and for you and the teachers to get a better sense of how our program might best meet his or her needs. These visits are normally scheduled between 10 and 11 am, when our existing children are outside.

Conversation with Cooperative Family 

To help you learn more about the cooperative aspect of our program, we will ask one of our FCFC families to call you.

Acceptance Letter

If our center is a good match for your family we will send you a letter of acceptance and a tuition and cooperative agreement form.

Enrollment Packet

Once the tuition agreement form and deposit has been returned, we will send you the enrollment packet. This packet contains; the family handbook, our current year calendar, paperwork for enrolling your child and information about our cooperative jobs. Please feel free to call us with any question about the forms, or if you prefer you can come in and we can help you fill out the required paperwork.

Home Visit

To help ease the transition of entering school, a teacher can come visit your child at home. This gives the child a chance to feel comfortable in his or her own environment and to make a one on one connection with the teacher without the distraction of a new classroom and other children. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, and to tell us more about your child.

First Day at the Center (Visiting Day)

This is a shortened day for you to come to FCFC with your child and spend the morning with us. Visiting day is a time for children to get to know the teachers and the center better with the reassuring presence of their family member nearby.

Phase in Program and Full Enrollment

During the first week of the new school year, your child will come to FCFC for a slightly longer day each day so that by the Friday of the week she or he is staying for their full schedule.

Friends Center for Children

227 East Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513