Child Development Center

Admission Policy 

The Family School Child Development Center is a community-based program, which provides infant, toddler and preschool care to children from four months through five years of age. The Family School is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion or national origin.


Children are admitted on first come, first served basis with priority given to children of low income San Francisco families who are eligible for CalWORKS or other subsidized programs and siblings of enrolled children.


One or more personal interviews with the parent and child is conducted to determine that the child meets The Family School’s admission criteria and to provide the parent with information about the center, including admission policies, basic services offered, the child abuse prevention packet and the parents’ rights form. Parents are informed of their rights and their child’s rights. An admission packet contains:

  • Forms required by Community Care Licensing
  • Identification and Emergency Information
  • Physician's Report
  • Updated immunizations and TB Test

All forms must be completed, returned to the center and reviewed by the Director prior to the child's enrollment.

Before the child begins participating in the program the family meets with a member of the program staff for an intake meeting to talk about the child's history, individual needs and what the family hopes to gain through participation in the program.

At this time, staff and parents agree upon an Infant Needs and Services Plan for all children in the Infant/Toddler program. This plan includes individual provisions for eating, sleeping and diapering/toileting. It is updated every three months or more often if necessary.

Decisions to move children from one age group to another will be based on chronological age and developmental readiness as determined by staff and parents together.


The monthly fee for the Infant Center is $1710 Toddler Center is $1470. The monthly fee for the preschool is $1200 and Preschool for All reduces the fee for eligible children. Discounts are given to families with siblings.


Parent Handbook
Emergency Contact Information
Emergency Medical Consent Form
Physician's Report

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