New Families

Submitting an application for enrollment places your name on our waiting list. The majority of families enrolled at the center are WMU students, and currently enrolled families receive priority scheduling each semester.

Enrollment application

We enroll from our waiting list after these priority enrollments dates, which are:

  • Fall semester—April 25
  • Spring semester—Nov. 25
  • Summer I session—March 25
  • Summer II session—March 25

Care schedule

The center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except during the University closure period in December and University holidays. The center is open between semesters and during spring break.

The Children’s Place Learning Center schedules by the hour or the week. Children must be scheduled for a minimum block of four hours and a minimum of 12 hours per week.

Family Independence Agency and other outside assistance

The WMU Children’s Place Learning Center does accept childcare assistance payments through FIA. Generally, FIA payments do not cover the entire childcare balance. You will be responsible for any difference between our billing and FIA payments. If you have any questions, please talk with the director.

Clothing and supplies

Please clearly label all clothing worn to the center with the child’s name. Children have a personal bin for their belongings. We request that you keep at least one complete set of clothing (e.g., shirt, pants, underwear, socks, sneakers) at the center in case the child needs a change of clothes.

Each toddler has a bin in the bathroom for diapers and supplies. Parents must maintain one week’s supply of diaper changing products in your child’s changing bin. You will need to bring the following to stock your child’s changing bin:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Diaper wipes
  • Ointment (parent’s choice)
  • Powder (parent’s choice)

Parent checklist

  1. Submit an enrollment application
  2. Acceptance call received from Children's Place Learning Center
  3. Parent agrees to enrollment
  4. Sign childcare agreement
  5. Enrollment fee applied to account
  6. Receive parent handbook and enrollment forms
  7. Complete and return required forms and paperwork
  8. Immunization record and physical submitted before first day
  9. Begin learning with us!