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Financial Aid

The Center for Early Education is made up of socio-economically diverse students and families and is fully committed to inclusion as 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 and that the participation of a wide range of families is critical to the well-being of the school. In support of this, 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 Financial Aid Committee reviews all applications and distributes aid to enable our families to pay tuition at a level that they can afford. While we encourage all applications from new and returning families, please understand that it is possible that not all who apply will qualify.

Click here for more detailed information about our Financial Aid policies

The Process

To assist us in objectively assessing what a family is able 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 figures 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.

Click to view the FAST Website

2019-2020 Schedule

Visit the FAST website to access the FAST application. Deadlines to complete the FAST online application and mail the required documents to FAST are:

  • Prospective Toddler and EC1 Families – February 1, 2019
  • Prospective Kindergarten and Elementary Families – March 1, 2019
  • Current/Returning Center Families – March 8, 2019

Failure to meet deadlines may impact a family's financial aid award. After you complete and submit the online application form, the system 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) at the following address:

FAST Processing
Independent School Management
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19806

Please be sure to write “The Center for Early Education” in the upper left corner of your mailing envelope, in addition to your name and address, for accurate FAST processing. Also, be sure to submit your application first, followed by your tax information.

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 help@ismfast.com.

Families can contact Deedie Hudnut, Director of Admissions with any financial aid questions.