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Please visit our Admissions Process page for step-by-step application instructions.
Thank you for your interest in The Center for Early Education!

The Inquiry Form for the 2025-26 school year is now available. The 2025-26 Application Form will open on July 1, 2024.

Though the application deadline for the 2024-25 school year has passed, we will accept late applications to the wait list for Elementary grades 1-6. To inquire about submitting a late 2024-25 application, please call the Admissions Office at 323-651-0707.

For an overview of important dates for 2025-26 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, 2025 to apply for our 2025-26 Toddler Program. We cannot make exceptions to this policy.

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  • IMPORTANT DATES

    July 1, 2024
    2025-26 Admissions Application opens!

    November 15, 2024
    Application deadline for 2025-26 school year

    September-January
    Parent Interviews and Tours (adults only)

    January 17, 2025
    New applicant financial aid applications due

    February 6, 2025
    Toddler and Early Childhood admissions decisions communicated to Families after 5PM

    February 13, 2025
    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. EC2 is a full-day program.

Children must turn 3 years old before July 1, 2025 to enter our 2025-26 EC1 Program and 4 years old before July 1, 2025 to enter our 2025-26 EC2 Program.

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  • IMPORTANT DATES

    July 1, 2024
    2025-26 Admissions Application opens!

    November 15, 2024
    Application deadline for 2025-26 school year

    September-January
    Parent Interviews and Tours (adults only)

    January 17, 2025
    New applicant financial aid applications due

    February 6, 2025
    Toddler and Early Childhood admissions decisions communicated to Families after 5PM

    February 13, 2025
    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, innovation and design, and library.

Children must turn 5 years old before July 1, 2025 to enter our 2025-26 Kindergarten Program. We cannot make exceptions to this policy.

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  • IMPORTANT DATES

    July 1, 2025
    2025-26 Admissions Application opens!

    November 15, 2024
    Application deadline for 2025-26 school year

    October-February
    • Kindergarten Visits: Child Assessments and Parent Tours
    • Parent Interviews
    January 10, 2025
    Preschool Teacher Evaluation Form Due to CEE

    January 17, 2025
    New Applicant Financial Aid Applications Due

    March 14, 2025 at 5PM
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools Admissions notification date

    March 21, 2025 at 12:00 noon
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Schools (LAIS) 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 individual 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, 2025
    2025-26 Admissions Application opens!

    November 15, 2024
    Application deadline for 2025-26 school year

    October-January
    Parent Interviews and Tours 

    October-February
    Student Visits and Screenings

    January 10, 2025
    • Teacher & Administrative Recommendation Forms Due
    • Transcripts/Current School Records Due
    January 17, 2025
    New Applicant Financial Aid Applications Due

    March 14, 2025 at 5PM
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Elementary Schools Admissions notification date

    March 21, 2025 at 12:00 noon
    Shared Los Angeles Independent Schools (LAIS) 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, lifelong 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.