The Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center is open to all children from the ages 6 weeks  through 12 years old regardless of ability, race, religion or ethnic background.

Our Process

Generally, admission is on a first-come first served basis. The Center is committed to serving low-income families. A percentage of the total enrollment capacity is reserved for Title XX recipients as well as other families eligible for tuition scholarship. The Center maintains a waiting list based on the date on which notification was received. Families are notified as soon as space is available in the appropriate program or group. At times consideration is given to the balancing of gender, age, temperament and ethnicity within a classroom.

To enroll a child, parents/guardians tour the Center, visit the appropriate program and fill out an enrollment packet at least 2 days prior to the official start date.


  • The first and second visit should be for at least 1 hour in length, is made by the parent/guardian and the child together.

  • The second or third visit begins with initial parent/guardian support (minimum of 15 minutes). The adult family member then tells the child good-bye and leaves for a maximum of 1 hour. The parent/ guardian MUST stay in the facility and is encouraged to meet with Director or Educational Specialist for parent orientation.

  • If the teacher or parent/guardian feels that more visits are necessary for a smooth transition, they may be requested and scheduled.

Medical forms for children who have not reached the age of Kindergarten attendance must be updated annually. The Health and Enrollment Form, routine walking slips, child information form, assessment permission, behavioral policy and photo/ video release must be updated annually for all children.

Upon a child transitioning into another classroom,  the parent/guardian will receive a transition letter detailing the choice of classroom, transitioning schedule, teacher and activities to look forward to throughout their time in the new classroom.  Input from the parent/guardian is welcome. The current teacher and parent/guardian will sign the transition letter indicating their agreement of the plan.


Parents/guardians have unlimited access to the Center. Visits are encouraged. The teacher and adult family members decide, according to the child’s needs, the most favorable way for involvement. If a parent/guardian comes into the building not intending to spend time with his/her child, a strong attempt will be made to shelter the child from viewing the loved one, unless the child is comfortable with a brief encounter.

The Center encourages friends, family members, volunteers, students, and anyone interested to visit. All prospective personnel and most prospective parent/guardians tour the building and grounds and spend time observing in classrooms. Appointments can be made or visitors may stop at the front desk for inquiries. The Center is a non-smoking facility.

Tuition and Fees





Late Program

Per child per month


Sibling Fee

of the least expensive slot

The registration packet along with the registration fee of $25 is due before the parent/guardian leaves the child for the first time.

For more information on full/part time daycare or after school care for students of Mills Lawn Elementary School contact us.