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Enrollment Process

When the Director of Programs meets with a family for enrollment, a Family Handbook will be provided. The Family Handbook also states that Health and Safety Policies are available in full upon request. If the family is unable to afford NEEC fees, the Director of Programs provides them with information about funding available through the Division of Social Services.

The Director of Programs will provide the family with a packet of enrollment forms, which includes:

  • Child Enrollment Form
  • Individual Information Sheet
  • Transportation Agreement
  • Attendance Contract
  • Parent Policy and Procedure Review
  • Food Program Enrollment Form
  • Food Program Income Eligibility Form
  • Release of Information specific for agencies
  • Birth History
  • Medical Examination Report

Families of infants and toddlers also fill out a form of Special Instructions for Infants and Toddlers.

Families of children with special needs also fill out/make available to NEEC:

  • School District Transportation Form (if applicable)
  • Individualized Specialized Care Plan (if applicable)
  • Release of Information
  • Doctor’s Prescription for Physical Therapy (if applicable)
  • Current IEP/IFSP
  • Assistive Feeding Instructions (if applicable)

If the IFSP/IEP has not yet been received from the family or Service Coordinator, the Office Manager contacts him/her to request the form—immediately.

Annual Re-Enrollment

Each August, families must attend annual re-enrollment to ensure placement for their child.  A $30 enrollment fee per family is required at this time. They receive the same packet of forms to fill out, and the staff makes a brief presentation on policies and procedures in the Family Handbook, drawing attention to any changes.


Effective January 4, 2022, rates for early care and education services from 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. for full-time enrollment are:

Age: Tuition: Billed:
Birth to two years old $275 weekly
2 years old $242 weekly
3-6 years old $226 weekly
Learning 4 Life (K-5th grade) Summer Program (6 weeks) $193 weekly

*All field trips will be scheduled between 8:30am-4:00pm. *Tuition rates are based on the child’s chronological age and will be adjusted on the first Monday after the child’s birth date.

Part-time enrollment is generally offered specifically to families of children with special needs. Part-time enrollment must be scheduled and approved by the Program Director.

Effective January 4, 2021, rates for early education services for part-time enrollment from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. are:

Age: Tuesday/Thursday Monday/Wednesday/Friday Billed:
Birth – 2 years old $150.00 $200.00 weekly
2 years old $132.00 $176.00 weekly
3-6 years old $123.00 $164.00 weekly

Effective January 4, 2021, rates for before and after school care services from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and/or 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. are:

Weekly tuition plus:
Age: Before School only After School only Before and After Billed:
Birth-6 years old $10.00 $10.00 $30.00 weekly
Learning 4 Life-School Year

(K-5th grade)

$80.00 $80.00 $160.00 weekly
L4L-District closures and inclement weather Full Day:

*B/A tuition plus $20/day

Week after attendance
Learning 4 Life-Summer Program

(K-5th grade)

$10.00 $10.00 $30.00 weekly

Families must remit $60 to register for Northland Early Education Center’s waiting list.  This fee is nonrefundable.  If the child enrolls within 12 months, the first year’s initial enrollment fee is waived.

Every August, each family will pay a $30.00 administrative fee to continue enrollment for their child(ren) for the next school year unless the child was enrolled after June 1st of that year.

Northland Early Education Center does not accept cash or checks for tuition or enrollment fees.  Tuition and enrollment fees are paid through Tuition Express by ACH bank transfer, automated credit card payment or Point of Sale (POS) credit card payment.  A $30 insufficient fund charge will be added to accounts that come back unpayable.

Payment for each child’s tuition will be transmitted on Monday of each week.  If paying by POS credit card or if there is insufficient funds in the bank account on record, a $20 late fee will be added to accounts not paid in full by Thursday of that week. Days missed, sick days, holidays and closure due to weather or power/water outages, will not be deducted from the tuition as NEEC’s expenses remain constant throughout the year.  Children will not be accepted for services if payment is more than one week overdue.

Tuition Due Policy

Because our costs remain the same whether your child attends school or is absent from school, it is our policy to charge families for all absences, with the exception of one tuition-free vacation week per calendar year, which will be granted during Winter break for all families regardless of enrollment status or start date. NEEC will be closed for Winter break during the week in which December 25th falls. When this date falls on a weekend, NEEC will be closed the week after. Families who separate from NEEC on or before winter break of each calendar year do not receive this benefit.

Eligibility Criteria

Any child, birth to five years of age, is eligible for Northland Early Education Center (NEEC) services, with two exceptions:

  1. NEEC is unable to serve medically fragile children, which includes but is not limited to those on oxygen support, IV administered medications, breathing tubes, heart monitors; those in hospice care, and those who need absolute one-on-one attention. We do not have medical professionals on staff. Information on alternative services is available.
  2. We cannot accept children whose parents are unable to pay our fees, and don’t qualify for full subsidies. Information on subsidies is available.

In the unlikely event that the Program Director decides that the preschool’s services are not a good match for the child, he/she would inform the family and any referral agency involved as to the reasons Northland Early Education Center cannot serve the child, and provide the family with information on alternate resources.

In a waiting list situation, a child with special needs receives preferential enrollment. NEEC also offers preferential enrollment, secondary to children with special needs, for siblings of children currently enrolled. Children of full time employees are third priority for placement. Other enrollment criteria include the date the child was placed on the waiting list, our ability to meet the scheduling needs of the family and our ability to meet the specific needs of the child. The Program Director makes final enrollment decisions.


Nondiscrimination Pledge

The Northland Early Education Center does not discriminate against and will not refuse services on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, or national or ethnic origin.


Terminating Enrollment

Parents may terminate enrollment at any time, but must give two weeks written notice to teachers and administration. Please remember to retrieve all your child’s belongings. Northland Early Education Center will assume that all articles left are donations. Parents must notify NEEC within 24 hours of an absence, or it will be assumed the family no longer desires NEEC services.

Northland Early Education Center may terminate a child’s enrollment under the following conditions:

  • If NEEC proves unable to provide the most appropriate learning environment for your child, or is unable to meet specific needs of your child;
  • If you do not comply with these policies & procedures;
  • If you do not comply with payment policies; or
  • If you do not submit required health information on your child in a timely manner.

After leaving the program, all families will receive a follow-up survey which should be completed and returned as soon as possible. This is a way to improve our agency and the services we provide.