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Welcome to WNMU’s
Early Childhood Programs
How to enroll your child in the Early Childhood Programs
WNMU has two programs that serve young children and their families: The Child Development Center (CDC), serving 100 children from six weeks to five years of age, and the Growing Tree Infant Toddler Program (GT), accepting 18 children from six weeks to three years of age. Growing Tree primarily serves teen parents at the Opportunity School, Silver High School, and WNMU students. Vacancies in this program are rare. When they occur, they are offered first to employees of Silver High School or the Opportunity School.
Please visit our main facility at 12th St. and Virginia any weekday after 9:00 AM for a personal tour of the Child Development Center and to learn more about our philosophy and services.
Explanation of the Waiting List
Due to the heavy demand for our services, both the CDC and Growing Tree currently have a waiting list for enrollment. To enroll your child, you must complete the following process to be placed on the waiting list. If your need for childcare is immediate, please call (575-538-6841) or visit the La Familia Resource Center in Glaser Hall. Our childcare resource specialists can provide you with a list of other childcare providers in the community and supply you with information about what to look for in a childcare setting.
If you wish to be placed on the waiting list for CDC, you may:
Applications for enrollment will not be accepted over the phone.
Our enrollment is based on the physical capacity of our classrooms to serve children of different ages. There are fewer slots available for infants and toddlers than for older children because those classrooms have small enrollments. Within the guidelines of our priorities for service, CDC attempts to maintain a balance between fairness to all parents on the waiting list and responsiveness to the extraordinary needs some families experience. For example, developmental concerns or special hardships in the family’s circumstances might warrant special consideration. Five slots are reserved for contracted full-time employees of ECP. The Early Childhood Programs are committed to serving a diverse population of children and families in each of our programs.
Because so many factors may be involved in enrollment decisions, staff members
are unable to make any predictions
about when you may receive an offer of enrollment.
Rules Governing Part-Time Enrollment
The Child Development Center and Growing Tree Infant/Toddler Program make every effort to accommodate parents’ needs for part-time enrollment of children. Part-time enrollment may be for Tuesdays and Thursdays or for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We cannot accept enrollment for one or four days per week or for other combinations of days. Please be aware that younger children may not adjust well to non-consecutive days of enrollment.
Continuation of Services for WNMU Graduates
· For children, ages 3-5, who have been enrolled prior to their parent’s graduation, continued enrollment after graduation may be available at the community rate.
· Infants and toddler children may continue in the program only if a parent enrolls in a minimum of 7 credit hours, or 6 graduate credit hours.
An appeal process for graduated students denied continued enrollment is available under certain extenuating circumstances. Parents may pick up an appeal application at the Child Development Center front desk and turn it in for consideration by the Early Childhood Program Coordinators.
Continuing Services for Growing Tree Children
· Teen parents graduating from high school and continuing on to WNMU may register for continued services during the returning student enrollment period. They receive the same priority as returning WNMU students.
· Parents of community children attending Growing Tree must come to the Child Development Center office to apply to be on the CDC waiting list.
Refusal of Service
Once your child is admitted to the program…
• Once all paperwork is complete and has been submitted, the following sequence of events complete the admission process:
The Early Childhood Programs are part of the WNMU College of Education
1000 West College Ave Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: 575-538-6416 Fax: 575-538-6417
Last updated: June 20, 2011