CDL Frequently Asked questions

Frequently asked questions

What are the hours of operation? 

Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  There is no before or after-school program.  Late fee pickup is $1 per minute.

Is this a year round program? 

No, the CDL operates from August to June.

What time will my child need to arrive to receive morning snack? 

No later than 8:45 a.m.

When is the enrollment/application period for the Child Development Laboratory?  

March for the next academic year

Who may apply for enrollment?

 Any parent/guardian may apply. 

What is the cost of tuition?

 Currently, the tuition is $350 per month.

When is tuition due?

 Tuition is due the first of each month.

Is there a penalty for late payment?

Yes, after the 5th working day of each month, a $10 per day charge is assessed.

Are there additional fees?

Yes, an activity fee of $30 per month or $300 annually per child is assessed.

What is the purpose of the activity fee?

The activity fee enables the CDL to provide children with learning experiences outside the classroom.  These experiences include field trips and interactive activities that supplement and/or extend learning in the classroom. The activity fee is kept in a separate account of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Parents will have input regarding how these funds are used.

Are the tuition and activity fee due for the month of August?

No, the monthly tuition and activity fee will be due starting September 1.

What is the “holding fee?”

The holding fee is an annual fee of $100.  Once you have been notified that your child has been accepted, this non-refundable fee is paid to reserve the space for your child.

When should the holding fee be paid?

The holding fee should be paid between July 1- July 8 of the year of enrollment.

If my child is accepted and I have paid the holding fee, will I receive a refund if I change my mind about enrolling my child?

No, the holding fee is non-refundable.

Are my tuition and activity fees tax deductible?

Check with your tax accountant.

When is the application period for the Child Development Laboratory?

The application period is once a year, during March for the next academic year.

How do I obtain an application for enrollment?

Call the Child Development Lab at (336) 256-2750,  8 a.m. -5 p.m. during March and request an application to be mailed to you, or visit the lab at 114 Luther Street on the campus of N.C. A&T.

When are applications due back to the CDL?

Applications must be returned by early April.

When will I hear if my child is accepted?

Parents and guardians will receive a letter in early May notifying them one way or another if their child is accepted or if he or she is placed on the waiting list.  If your child is accepted, you will receive an enrollment packet that must be submitted, with required fees, by July 1.

If I have a child already enrolled at the CDL, will his or her sibling be given priority placement?


Who may apply for enrollment?

Any parent/guardian may apply.  The enrollment is once a year.

If I work at NC A&T State University, will my child be automatically accepted into the program?

No.  The selection process is random with an attempt to obtain an enrollment consisting of a 50/50 balance of University affiliated children –  i.e. children of A&T students, faculty, and staff – and community children.

Is there an enrollment application fee?


Do you accept DSS or other child care subsidy vouchers?


Is there an age limit for eligibility?

Yes, the child should be 2 years and 6 months by September 1 and no older than 4 years old by September 1.

If my child is still wearing pull-ups on the 1st day of school, can he/she still attend?

No, the children must be completely potty-trained and cannot wear pull-ups.

Do you have a parent orientation?

Yes, this is usually held in August prior to the first day of the program. Official notices are sent to the families.

What does the school year start?

The program start date varies with the academic calendar, but is usually the third week in August with staggered entry for the first three days.

What is the educational level of the staff/teachers?

All teachers have at least a Bachelor’s in Child Development with additional continuing education credits either towards a master’s degree or additional certifications.

Does the CDL need documentation to verify my income?

No, information regarding income is requested on the initial application for enrollment.

If my child is accepted and has to start at a later time, such as the middle of September, can my child still attend the program?

Yes, your child will be counted absent for the days missed but the total monthly tuition and activity fees will still be required.

If my child is selected for enrollment, will I receive a parent handbook and school calendar?

Yes, these items will be included in the packet of information mailed to you once your child is selected for enrollment.

How are University students involved with the Child Development Laboratory?

Students majoring in Child Development and Family Studies and other related fields complete field experiences and research projects at the CDL. Acceptance of enrollment indicates your voluntary participation in faculty supervised student preparation and research projects.

Will University students be allowed to observe and interact with my child?

Yes. For faculty supervised class related assignments, students majoring in Child Development and Family Studies and related disciplines will observe and interact with the children in the CDL.

If you have other questions not covered in the FAQ, please contact the Child Development Laboratory at 336-256-2750.