Enrollment Procedures

As vacancies occur, children are accepted in the following order according to the date of application:

  1. Children of Hilltop staff
  2. Siblings of children currently attending Hilltop
  3. Children of KU students
  4. Children of KU faculty & staff
  5. Non-KU affiliated children, as space allows after May 1 for fall enrollment

*Enrollment procedures vary for school age K-5th grade children.  KU affiliation does not apply to school age enrollment.  Administration will consider schools available for pickup, transportation capabilities and siblings as we enroll our classrooms.  These rooms are incredibly limited on spaces each year.

Definition of KU Affiliated Families

For Hilltop enrollment purposes, undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours and pay the required campus fee during fall and spring semesters. An exception will be made for graduate students taking a smaller number of dissertation hours. Enrollment solely in independent study courses that do not carry the campus fee do not quality for KU student status at Hilltop. Summer KU enrollment is not required in order to maintain student family status.

For Hilltop enrollment purposes, full time employees of the University, KU Medical Center and University affiliated corporations (Athletics, the Alumni Association, the Endowment Association, Student Housing, the Unions, Continuing Education, KUCR, Hilltop, etc.) are considered to be University affiliated.

Changes in the KU student or staff/faculty status during the child’s enrollment period may affect the length of the child's enrollment.  If your affiliation at enrollment changes prior to program start year, then your child may lose their spot at Hilltop.  (see enrollment priority)

Program Placement

Children enrolling in Hilltop will be placed in classrooms according to their birth date and assigned to a group of same-aged peers. All children remain in their classrooms for a full school year together (fall, spring and summer) and move on to their new classrooms in August.

Toddlers must be 1 year old by August 1 of current academic year; Early Preschoolers must be 2 years old by August 1; and Preschoolers must be 3 years old by August 1. Please note: an incoming toddler with a birth date after August 1 will not be eligible to begin enrollment until the following fall.

Toddlers must also meet the following conditions: be walking independently, no longer need a bottle during the day, no longer require a morning nap and be able to eat independently.

Pre-K children must be 4 years old by August 1.

All children enrolled in Hilltop's Preschool (3-4) and Pre-K (4-5) classrooms must be completely toilet trained as no changing facilities are available in these rooms.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Hilltop Child Development Center admits children of any race, color, religion, national origin, or sex and qualified handicapped children to all rights, privileges, programs and activities of the Center and does not discriminate on the basis of any of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, fee payments, food service programs and other school administered programs.

Accredited since 1987 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
KU student, staff, and faculty families receive priority on the waiting list
Sliding fee schedule and scholarship fee subsidies
Warm, loving care coupled with developmentally appropriate curriculum
KU families from across the nation and world bring diversity to Hilltop classrooms
Lead teachers hold degrees in child development, early childhood education, or elementary education

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