Welcome from the Director of Admissions

We are so pleased that you are considering The Center for Early Education for your child and family. 
At The Center, our mission guides everything that we do. We work to ultimately graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners and we never forget about the importance of each day of this wonderful journey! Our philosophy combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child. We cannot wait to get to know your family and introduce you to our program and community.

Embarking on an admissions process is a big deal. We know that families experience this process in many different ways. As parents in the school search, while we research, think and write about our children, consider our family’s deepest values, create spreadsheets, explore websites, talk with friends and teachers, map out distances, examine viewbooks, and attend events, what we’re really doing is dreaming about our children’s future, next year and many years down the road. We’re finding a school and a community that we admire, trust, love, and are excited to partner with in raising our children. Our team is looking forward to being by your side in this process.
Clearly, 2020-21 is a different kind of a year which will impact the admissions process for application to 2021-22. Schools like The Center are working hard to care for their communities and educate their students through an ever-changing landscape. We’re proud of our faculty, support staff and administrators who pivoted quickly to provide remote learning experiences to our entire student body in Spring 2020 and we cannot wait for an eventual return to the in-person learning that we know and love. While no school can definitively say what the 2020-21 school year will look like from start to finish, due to constantly evolving guidelines and environment, I know that our approach will always put children, families, and teachers first and will be based on health guidelines and our core values of Responsibility, Caring, Inclusion, and Honesty.
This year’s admissions process may ask all of us to be flexible in our thinking. Our admissions process is outlined here and we’ve worked to create opportunities for prospective families to safely learn about our program, community, and our campus. Parent interviews will be conducted virtually this year. Based on the most recent health information, we will make a determination by December 15 of whether Kindergarten Screenings and Elementary Visits/Screenings (in January and February) will be virtual or in-person. While these unknowns can add another layer to an already complex process, I hope you’ll let us know how we can support you.

Our comprehensive admissions viewbook will be emailed to all applicants. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our website to learn more about The Center’s programphilosophycommunity, and admissions process and to call or email us at any time with questions. 
We’re looking forward to getting to know and partner with your family over the coming year!
Katrina and Lindsay

Katrina Lappin                                
Director of Admissions                   
Lindsay Watson
Assistant Director of Admissions
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.