Child Development Research Center
(updated May 2016)
Because the CDRC serves both a research and teaching mission for Texas Tech University, the enrollment policy is designed to enhance diversity. Enrollment is open to families in the Texas Tech and surrounding communities with the goal of having a well-rounded, diverse group of children and families that is representative of the general population. All families are welcome regardless of race, religion, cultural heritage, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, or differing ability. The CDRC does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other Center-administered programs.
Children are not enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection of children is based on a comprehensive approach with the following considerations: gender, age, race, ethnicity, special needs, family structure and family income (financial support opportunities are available) for the purpose of achieving diversity in order to provide a high-quality teacher training and research program. Siblings of children currently enrolled in the CDRC will receive special consideration, but no guarantee is made that siblings will be enrolled.
Parents who are considering first-time enrollment of their child are encouraged to visit the Center for a tour. The scheduling of these visits should be arranged through the CDRC office at (806) 742-3016. A child's application for enrollment can be completed at any time before or after the Center visit*. A child is not considered to have applied until the appropriate form has been completed, returned, and the non-refundable $50.00 per child application fee is paid. It is important, once the application is complete, to update the Center about any telephone, email, and/or address changes. The date of application is considered only when and if there is a need to choose between two or more children who could fulfill equally the Center's enrollment needs. Our acceptance of this application does not imply eventual placement for the child. Traditionally, there is a high ratio of children applying to the number of spaces available. It is very unusual that the CDRC has any openings during the school year. Most children, when enrolled in the Center, do not leave until they go to Kindergarten. It is common for us to go an entire school year without enrolling any new children.
*Applications will be accepted each May 1st through April 30th for the following school year. For example, applications made May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 will be considered for enrollment consideration to begin August 2017. Each May we will begin enrollment for the following school year. Please note that the CDRC receives many more applications for enrollment than we have spaces become available each year. Completing an application is necessary before enrollment consideration can be made. However, it is certainly not ever a guarantee for enrollment. Once enrollment is complete, families will be notified in writing of their acceptance into the program or if they will be considered to still be waiting for a spot to open for that current school year. Each May 1st the application process will begin again for the next school year. All families will have an opportunity to apply again for a space the following school year and pay the non-refundable $50.00 per child application fee.
Once enrolled, a child is guaranteed continued enrollment in the program until he or she becomes ineligible for enrollment (because of age, failure to pay fees or complete required paperwork) or the family withdraws from the program.
The CDRC maintains optimum child/teacher ratios as determined by our accrediting body, the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs:
6 weeks to 2 years
1 adult/3 children
1 adult/5 children
1 adult/6 children
12 (2 classrooms)
14 (2 classrooms)
18 (2 classrooms)
88 TOTAL SPOTS
Exceptions for families currently on the waiting list and for whom changes will be
• Children with wait dates prior to April 2015 will be considered in a "priority group" and will be considered for enrollment before others until such time as they are enrolled, remove themselves from the wait list, are removed from the wait list for failure to respond or are offered and turn down a spot (in which case they will remain on the list for future consideration but will no longer be in the priority group).
• Children with application dates prior to May 2016 will not have to pay the annual applicant fee. The $50 fee they paid upon initial wait list status will sustain them through the entire applicant period for that child. Any additional children must pay the annual $50 fee to apply each year.