Fill out the Wait List Application
You need to fill out an online wait list application to begin the process of enrollment for preschool and for the AUSD school-age program (before- and after-school care).
The Albany Children’s Center maintains a waiting list for both the subsidized/sliding scale fee program openings and for full-cost program openings. It is the same program, only the costs are different. Openings are filled according to State priorities based on the family income and need for child care. In order to qualify for State-funded preschool or school-age programs, you need to be working, going to school (vocational or educational training), or seeking employment. Services are available for children of Albany residents who meet the requirements established by the State Child Development Division. Non-residents are accepted after all Albany residents have been served.
Complete enrollment paperwork
Once there is a space available for your child, our office will notify you to come to our main office to pick up the enrollment package and set up the appointment for you to meet with our Director. The Albany Children’s Center Main Office is located at 720 Jackson Street in Albany, California. Telephone: (510)559-6590, Fax: (510)559-6593
Meet with our Director
Our Director will go over all the paperwork with you, answer your questions, and set up a start day for your child. When all paperwork is complete, you will be asked to bring your child to visit the classroom teacher before starting his/her first day of school. This gives you and your child the opportunity to meet the teacher and discuss your child’s development with the teacher.
First Week Transition Week
The first week you start we call the transition week. The first week is different for every child because it depends on how your child separates.
Monday: 9:00am – 12:00pm: A parent stays the entire morning with the child, eats lunch with the child and then leaves for the day at 12:00pm.
Tuesday: 9:00am – 12:00pm: Same routine as Monday.
Wednesday: If your child seems comfortable, you can leave them in the classroom for the morning 9:00am – 12:00pm, and tell your child “I will be back at lunch”. Then you return at noon.
Thursday: If your child was completely comfortable the entire time on Wednesday, you can drop off at 9:00am and pick up at 2:30pm.
Friday: Your child can stay all day.