Applying for the Early Learning Center 2019-20
The deadline for children to be included in the initial 2019-20 lottery was February 15, 2019; however, families are still welcome to apply after that date and their children will be placed on the waiting list according to the date of their application.
Children with birthdates between September 1, 2014-December 1, 2016 are eligible to attend during the 2019-20 school year.
Enrolling after your child has been accepted into the ELC
Once your child has been accepted into the program, you will need to register online through the
Complete the required documents listed on the ELC Enrollment Forms Checklist to register.
- 2019-20 Admission Agreement (coming soon)
- 2019-20 Family Handbook (coming soon)
- LIC 613A Personal Rights
- LIC 627 - Consent for Medical Treatment
- LIC 700- Identification and Emergency Information
- LIC 701 - Physician's Report
- LIC 702- Preadmission Health History
- LIC 995 - Notification of Parent's Rights
- Check for first month's tuition made out to Menlo Park City School District
How did MPCSD conduct the ELC Lottery for 2019/20?
The ELC pre-registration application was posted online at mpcsd.org on November 1, 2018. The priority window closed on February 15, 2019.
Applicants were ranked based on the following priorities:
- Current ELC students and their siblings
- MPCSD residents and children eligible for the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program who qualify for an Early Learning Center scholarship
- MPCSD Staff
- Community - Children who live outside of the MPCSD boundaries
- Children whose families applied after February 15, 2019
On the day of the lottery, children’s names were randomly drawn and assigned a lottery number. Each child was placed in a classroom type (e.g. Laurel Full-Day, Laurel Part-Day or Oak Knoll) in order of the lottery number selected. If the child’s first choice was no longer available, they were given their second choice and if the second choice was not available, they were given the next available opening.
In the process of conducting the lottery, staff discovered that there was not enough demand for a half-day option at Oak Knoll or a 2 or 3 day a week option at Laurel and those options were eliminated. Children who had requested those options were assigned to their second choice and then if that was not available, the next available opening.
Families who were selected in this first round of the lottery were sent a letter on March 4th, asking for commitment by March 8th to the space they were offered and/or the option to request another space if one opens up.
After the first round of recipients is confirmed on March 8th, ELC will begin contacting families on the waitlist, in order of their lottery number, to offer them the available spaces.
If you have been notified that your child is on the waiting list, please fill out and submit the form sent to you to indicate that you want to maintain your child's spot on the waiting list.