Hilltop Child Development Center
Enrollment & Admissions
Applications for admission to Hilltop are accepted for children 3 months and older. Classroom placement is according to child’s age on August 31st (except for Toddlers who must be at least one year old by August 1st) of the academic year in which enrolled.Completed applications may be returned to Hilltop along with the application fee. You may bring them by the building or mail it to Hilltop at 1605 Irving Hill Road, Lawrence KS 66045. We are not able to process the applications until the application fee is received.
Application Fee and Deposit
For Hilltop enrollment purposes, undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled for at least six credit hours and pay the required campus fee during fall and spring semesters. An exception will be made for graduate students taking a smaller number of dissertation hours. Enrollment solely in independent study courses that do not carry the campus fee do not quality for KU student status at Hilltop. Summer KU enrollment is not required in order to maintain student family status.
For Hilltop enrollment purposes, full and part time employees of the University, KU Medical Center and University affiliated corporations (Athletics, the Alumni Association, the Endowment Association, Student Housing, the Unions, Continuing Education, K.U.C.R., Hilltop, etc.) are considered to be University affiliated.Changes in the KU student or staff/faculty status during the child’s enrollment period may affect the length of the child's enrollment. Preference in all categories is given to requests for year round, full-day, five days a week care in all classrooms except the AM preschool, the half-day After Kindergarten program and after school program. Requests from MWF/TR or half-day enrollment will be filled only if there is corresponding enrollment for the alternate time.
- Children of Hilltop staff
- Siblings of KU affiliated children currently attending Hilltop
- Children of KU students
- Children of KU faculty & staff
- Non-KU affiliated children, as space allows after May 1st for fall enrollment.
Children enrolling in Hilltop will be placed in classrooms according to their birthdate and assigned to a group of same aged peers. All children remain in their classrooms for a full school year together (fall, spring and summer) and move on to their new classrooms the next fall.
Toddlers must be 1 year old by August 1st, Early Preschoolers must be 2 years old by August 1st, and Preschoolers must be 3 years old by August 1st. Please note: an incoming toddler with a birthdate after August 1st will not be eligible to begin enrollment until the following fall.
Toddlers must also meet the following conditions: be walking independently, no longer need a bottle during the day, no longer require a morning nap and be able to eat independently.
Pre-K children must be 4 years old by August 31st and Kindergarteners must be 5 years old by August 31st.All children enrolled in Hilltop's Preschool (3-4) and Pre-K (4-5) classrooms must be completely toilet trained as no changing facilities are available in these rooms.
A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required to place a child on the waiting list. A $350 refundable deposit is required before a child is admitted to Hilltop. Once the child is in attendance, the deposit is carried forward each semester until the child is withdrawn from the center.