Thank you for your interest in applying to Children’s Learning Center! Through our application process, we aim to give prospective parents a taste of life here at CLC. We hope that through this process, you fall in love with the community, philosophy, and spirit of CLC. Our school is affiliated with Columbia Univeristy, Morningside Gardens, and Barnard College. We aim to nurture a diverse community of children and families, and are looking for kindred spirits in our families! Below, please find more specific information about the application process, including important forms and dates. If you have any questions, please email


Please note: at this time, CLC is considering applications for 2018-19 on a rolling basis! To apply, please:

  • Complete our online application form HERE.

  • Submit a nonrefundable $55 application fee using the PayPal button below
  • Email

Once we process your application, a member of our admissions team will be in touch with you about current openings and waitlist options. Families will be invited in to tour the school when spaces become available.


Regular Admissions Process (for applications submitted by 12/4):

  • Sign up for an open house (dates below), by emailing
  • Submit an enrollment application (if you are applying for more than one child, please make sure to submit separate applications. If you are unable to submit an application online for whatever reason, please email us at
  • Email a photo of your child to
  • Submit a nonrefundable $55 application fee using PayPal
  • Return with your family for one of our famous weekly Hootenannies – a rocking, full community jam session we hold once a week!

Admissions Timeline

Applications Due: Monday, 12/4
CLC Notifies Families of Acceptance: Friday, 1/19
Family Acceptance Deadline: no later than 12pm, Friday 1/26

All applications submitted after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.

Open Houses

At Open Houses, families learn about philosophy and daily life at CLC, engage in a Q&A session, and tour the center in action!

Our Open Houses for the season are now completely full! Please stay tuned here – and for more information you can always email us at

Please note: Open Houses are for grown ups only! Thanks!


Financial Aid

CLC uses an online application form to help allocate financial aid awards, through the Smart Tuition program. To apply for financial aid, please follow these instructions: Financial Aid Application Instructions . Applications are due December 15th, 2017. All financial aid awards are need-based.


If you are interested in applying to CLC for the 2019-20 season, please check back in March for Spring Open House dates!