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Admissions and Tuition

Admission to the CDC

The Child Development Center is designed to provide high quality, full day child-care to the employees of Mentor Graphics Corporation and families from the greater Portland community.  Admission to the center is managed by application date for each age group. Priority is given to currently enrolled families and Mentor Graphics' employees.  Both full-time and part-time options are available. Standard part-time enrollment options are Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday. At times we are able to accomodate an "unconventional" part-time schedule by combining schedules with other families.  There are a limited number of part time spaces available at the Center.

Overview of Admissions Process

CDC Admissions Application


Parents should consider the importance of the choice they are making when enrolling their child in any child care or education program.  Care given outside the home should be a good match for your child and for your family needs. We encourage all families to schedule a tour with us in order to see the Center in action and to provide you an opportunity to find out if our philosophy, practices and policies are a good fit for your care and education needs.  Tours are scheduled by appointment and typically last about an hour.

Schedule a tour:

Classroom Placement

Classroom Placement is based primarily on the child's age when entering the program. At times other considerations such as the child's developmental readiness or the composition of the group will influence the decision to place a child in a particular group. We use the following age guidelines, as of September 1st of the school year for which a child is enrolling, when placing a child in a classroom: Infants--8 weeks to 12 months; Toddlers--12 to 24 months; Transition--2 to 3 years; and Preschool--3 to 5 years. Generally, children only change classes as a group each September.

Classroom Name Ages as of September 1st Child:Teacher ratios State Ratio Group Size
Infant A 8 weeks - 12 months 1:3 1:4 12
Toddler A 1 year - 2 years 1:3 1:4 12
Infant Toddler B 8 weeks - 2 years 1:3 1:4 12
Transition A 2 years - 3 years 1:4 1:5 12
Transition B 2 years - 4 years 1:4 1:5 12
Preschool A 3 years - 5 years 1:7 to 1:10 1:10 20
Preschool B 3 years - 5 years 1:7 to 1:10 1:10 20

Orientation Process

A signed payment agreement and a check for the required deposit secures your child's spot at the CDC. Preparing your child and family to be a member of our learning community can be both an exciting and anxious time. In order to ensure the best possible start for your child, we begin our transition to school process as early as 4 weeks before your scheduled enrollment date.

The initial packet of information about the CDC will be sent to you from our office. Included in this packet is critical paperwork needed for our records prior to your child's first day at the Center. Failure to complete and update the needed paperwork may delay your child's start date at the center.

  • Emergency Card
    - signed by both parents detailing contact names and numbers as well as consent to treat your child in a medical emergency.
  • Immunization Form
    - each child in care needs to have a current record of recent immunizations
  • Consent Form
    - this form gives written parent authorization for Center-wide practices
  • Medical Record
    - this form, signed by your doctor details the health history of your child prior to enrollment

Once you have received your initial packet you should expect a call from your child's classroom. At this point the teachers will discuss the specific needs of your child in entering our program. They will help you to plan some pre-enrollment visits as well as discuss how to make the first week successful. Often classrooms plan to not only have the child visit at school, but also to have the teacher's visit at the child's home. You can expect an orientation packet containing specific information about the classroom from your child's teachers.

For more information on the orientation process for your child and family, please read about CDC Beginnings.

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