Thank you for your interest in Child’s Play! As early childhood educators, we recognize that a positive, social-emotional atmosphere created by a healthy, supportive community increases the ease with which all learning takes place. Partnerships between staff and families benefit our children in ways no other single factor may. Below is our admissions process, our application procedures and timelines.


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Step 1: Complete An Application

Our application process is now available online! A non-refundable fee of $45 must accompany each child's application or your application will not be processed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but applications received by February 1 will be given preferential placement in our lottery. Our admissions lottery is drawn in early March. Applications received after our lottery in March are added to a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.

Current families and/or Alumni families ONLY: Use promo code CURRENTSTUDENT at check out to waive the $45 fee.

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Step 2: Tour the School

Parents/guardians must tour the school prior to acceptance. Tours are scheduled after your application has been submitted. Tours generally last about one hour and are for parents/guardians only. During the tour, information regarding each classroom and a family’s co-op responsibilities will be discussed, along with a viewing of classrooms in progress. Tours must be completed by the end of February to be entered into the admissions lottery. Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you to schedule a tour.

Step 3: Acceptance

The number of available slots in each Child's Play class varies from year to year as current and alumni families are given preference for enrollment. Our admissions lottery has been designed to ensure fairness, as well as a gender balance, within each class.


Please email admissions@childsplayri.org if you have difficulty with the application or have questions about the admissions process. 

You will be notified of acceptance in early March. Once your child is accepted, a non-refundable deposit is due within one week to hold your child's place.