Affording a Center Education

We know that choosing a Center education is a significant decision and one that impacts children for life. As families learn about The Center, we want to provide all the information about our tuition, fees, and strong financial aid program.

Tuition and fees for the 2019-20 school year are listed below. Tuition rates for the 2020-21 school year will be released in Spring 2020.

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  • Tuition 2019-20

    Toddler Program:$22,400 (half day), $26,930 (full day)
    Early Childhood 1:
    $22,400 (half day), $26,930 (full day)
    Early Childhood 2:$26,930
    Elementary Grades K - 5:$31,890
    Elementary Grade 6:$34,350*

    * includes $2,460 fee for Washington D.C. trip
  • Fees

    Non-refundable Deposit, applied to Tuition:
    Early Childhood:$1,500
    Annual Parent Association Dues:
    First Child:$125
    Each Additional Sibling:$50
    Entrance Fee upon New Student Admission:$2,000

Financial Aid

The Center for Early Education is a community of socio-economically diverse students and families. Inclusion is an essential element of our educational philosophy and culture.
The Board of Trustees recognizes that socio-economic diversity enriches the educational opportunities for all families. In support of a school community that includes families with a wide range of economic experiences, financial aid is available to assist with the payment of tuition, fees, and inclusion programs at all grade levels and is awarded without regard to race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.

The small Financial Aid Committee confidentially reviews all financial aid applications and allocates funding to qualifying families. While we encourage all applications from new and returning families who believe the cost of tuition is prohibitive to attending, please understand that it is possible that not all who apply will qualify.

The Financial Aid Process

To assist us in objectively determining a family’s ability to pay toward tuition, we have enlisted the help of a third party, Independent School Management’s FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program.
We use FAST’s calculation as the baseline for our determinations, taking into consideration our school's policies and the resources available for returning students, as well as applicant families. All information is kept strictly confidential. 

In order for the Financial Aid Committee to distribute funds equitably, applicant families must meet all stated deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines may impact a family's financial aid award.

2019-2020 Schedule

Deadlines to complete the FAST online application and mail the required documents to FAST are:
  • Prospective Toddler and EC1 Families – January 31, 2020
  • Prospective Kindergarten and Elementary Families – March 2, 2020
  • Current/Returning Center Families – March 9, 2020
Failure to meet deadlines may impact a family's financial aid award.

Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST)

To start the application process, visit:
Applications will become available at the end of November. After you complete and submit the online application form, FAST will confirm receipt of the online portion of your application and will respond with a list of additional tax-related documents that you will be required to mail directly to FAST (not to CEE). FAST will share instructions for how to upload or mail these documents.


For questions (in English or Spanish) on completing the online application, call FAST Customer Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 1-877-326-FAST (3278) or email

Applicant families can contact Katrina Lappin, Director of Admissions, at with any financial aid questions.