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Thank you for your interest in The Center for Early Education!

Our 2023-24 admissions application for all grade levels is now open!

The application deadline for the 2022-23 school year has passed. Though we are currently fully enrolled for the 2022-23 school year, we are accepting late applications to the wait list at select Elementary grades. To inquire about submitting a late 2022-23 application, please call the Admissions Office at 323-651-0707.

For an overview of important dates for 2023-24 applications for all of our programs, please read on below.

Toddler Program

The Toddler Program is a play-based program that focuses on social-emotional development and is both a transition to a school setting and a means to further the healthy separation between parent and child. Full-day and half-day options are available.

Children must turn two years old before July 1, 2023 to apply for our 2023-24 Toddler Program. We cannot make exceptions to this policy.

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  • IMPORTANT DATES

    July 1, 2022
    2023-24 Online Application Opens!

    December 1, 2022

    Application deadline for 2023-24 school year

    September-January
    Parent Interviews and Tours (adults only)

    January 13, 2023
    New applicant financial aid applications due

    February 9, 2023
    Toddler and Early Childhood Admissions Decisions Communicated to Families

    February 16, 2023
    Toddler and Early Childhood new student enrollment deadline

EC1 & EC2 Programs

The EC1 and EC2 Programs include indoor and outdoor activities organized around learning centers. Large and small group activities include storytime, movement, music and art, science, and library. Full-day and half-day options with before and after school daycare are available in EC1 while EC2 is a full-day program.

Children must turn 3 years old before July 1, 2023 to enter our 2023-24 EC1 Program and 4 years old before July 1, 2023 to enter our 2023-24 EC2 Program.

While we often do not typically have many spaces available at EC2, we accept applications for the EC2 Program. If spaces do not open at EC2, Kindergarten is a wonderful entry point for new families to attend The Center.

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  • IMPORTANT DATES

    July 1, 2022
    2023-24 Online Application Opens!

    December 1, 2022

    Application deadline for 2023-24 school year

    September-January
    Parent Interviews and Tours (adults only)

    January 13, 2023
    New applicant financial aid applications due

    February 9, 2023
    Toddler and Early Childhood Admissions Decisions communicated to families

    February 16, 2023
    Toddler and Early Childhood new student enrollment deadline

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a full day Elementary program. In Kindergarten, teachers introduce academic subjects including language arts, math, and social studies. In addition, Kindergartners go to teacher specialists for music, art, physical education, science, technology, and library.

Children must turn 5 years old before July 1, 2023 to enter our 2023-24 Kindergarten Program. We cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Kindergarten Screening
Applicant families receive a Preschool Evaluation Form to be filled out by their child’s preschool. Additionally, all students applying to Kindergarten will be invited to attend a Kindergarten Screening (which takes place concurrently with our Parent Tours/Interviews). Our screening helps us understand a child more fully and is considered in the context of the parent application, interview, and teacher evaluation form.

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  • IMPORTANT DATES

    July 1, 2022
    2023-24 Online Application Opens!

    December 1, 2022

    Application deadline for 2023-24 school year

    October-February
    Kindergarten Visits: Child Screenings, Parent Interviews and Tours 

    January 13, 2023
    • New Applicant Financial Aid Applications Due
    • Preschool Evaluation Form Due
    March 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools Admissions Notification Date. 

    March 17, 2023 at 12:00 noon
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools Admissions Family Decision Date (Enrollment Contracts Due).

Elementary

Throughout the elementary grades at The Center, we strive to provide a wide variety of experiences and approaches to learning. We teach to develop collaborative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an increasingly challenging academic program.

Elementary School applicants will participate in an indivdual academic screening as well as a group visit. A Teacher Recommendation Form from the child's current core teacher as well as an Administrative Recommendation Form and Release of Records/Transcripts from the child’s current school are also required.

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  • IMPORTANT DATES

    July 1, 2022
    2023-24 Online Application Opens!

    December 1, 2022

    Application deadline for 2023-24 school year

    October-January
    Parent Interviews and Tours 

    October-February
    Student Visits and Screenings

    January 13, 2023
    • New Applicant Financial Aid Applications Due
    • Teacher & Administrative Recommendation Forms Due
    • Transcripts/Current School Records Due
    March 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools Admissions Notification Date. 

    March 17, 2023 at 12:00 noon
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools Admissions Family Decision Date (Enrollment Contracts Due).
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.