Where Toddlers Can Be Toddlers
Welcome to the 2023-24 Admissions Process
Thank you for your interest in the Barnard Toddler Center. Please revisit this page beginning October 15th for the link to get started.
Eligible birthdates for 2023-24
December 1, 2020 through February 10, 2022
A Vibrant Learning Lab
The Toddler Center is a research, education, and training center. In addition to our warm and nurturing, professional teachers, the assistants at the Barnard College Toddler Center include Barnard and Columbia students enrolled in a year-long developmental psychology course focused on this important stage of life. For this reason, we are able to offer a low student-teacher ratio of 2:1. Students in Developmental and Introductory Psychology courses also come to observe toddlers as part of their coursework. These students learn firsthand about toddler development and how to design observational studies from behind the mirror. Graduate students and early childhood professionals in a range of disciplines from throughout NYC, the U.S., and countries around the world also come each year to observe and learn about toddlers.
A variety of studies are conducted throughout the year and infuse the center with cutting edge research and scientific information to inform our work with toddlers. All families who attend the Toddler Center agree to take part in research and observation.
Research studies vary from year to year, with the aim of better understanding early social and emotional development and the important role of parents. Participation may include parents filling out questionnaires, which in the past has included subjects such as records of children's sleep, parental thinking about how children play, and parenting styles. Research involving toddlers can also include toddler-friendly games done with a teacher and research assistant, naturalistic videotaping within the classroom or playing with a child in an adjacent room. Recent studies of children's learning and memory have involved a parent-child research visit outside of class time. For each study, a full detailed description of the protocol is provided to parents, questions are answered, and consent is obtained before a toddler can participate.
For more detailed information regarding ongoing and past research, please visit the Research tab above.
Younger Toddler Classes:
Birthdates April 01, 2021 - February 10, 2022
Monday and Thursday mornings 9:30-11:45
Tuesday and Friday mornings 9:30-11:45
Wednesday morning 9:30-11:45
Older Toddler Class:
Birthdates December 1, 2020- May 31, 2021
Monday and Thursday afternoons 1:30-3:45
Where to Begin
Please check back in mid-October for a link to fill out a short survey and to provide your name and contact information. You will receive a confirmation of submission and in mid-November be invited to attend a zoom or in-person information session in December or January.
If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have provided your contact information, you will receive an email to schedule a virtual Information Session. These sessions are for parents only and last approximately one hour. Sessions take place in December and January and will give parents the chance to learn about our program and philosophy, what a day at the Center looks like, and meet some of the staff members as well. Depending on Covid-19 precautions, these sessions will take place on Zoom or in person and we do our best to offer day and evening options to accommodate parents' schedules.
Typically, as part of the application process at least one parent must visit the Center to observe a class in session. Due to Covid-19, we will determine whether this is possible in late fall. If we cannot offer this, we will give families a good sense of the program through video, conversation, and the chance to hear from current and past parents.
The Toddler Center is committed to having our classrooms reflect NYC's racially, culturally, and economically diverse community. Our commitment to equity in practice means that we believe a family's financial contribution should be in proportion to its income and financial resources. In that spirit, we use a sliding scale tuition model and encourage all families to submit the financial application. This, along with two years of tax returns, helps us determine the annual tuition and will not impact acceptance decisions. Financial information is reviewed by the financial aid officers at Barnard. More than 35% of our families pay tuition on a sliding scale.
Once tuition is set, we can also work with families on a payment plan to spread tuition out over several months. Our aim is to make the center affordable to all families who want to be here.
October - December: Provide child's age and contact information via link after October 15, 2022.
mid-November-December: We will contact you to sign up for an Information Session
December - January: Attend required virtual Information Session
January 15, 2023: Application and Financial Application deadline
February 25, 2023: Acceptance and Waitlist notifications sent
March 12, 2023: Deposits Due
March - August: Families from wait list accepted as openings become available
Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning October 15th
Applications are emailed once you have attended an information session.
We contact families beginning in November to schedule a required information session. If you haven’t heard from us by late November, email us at email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The information sessions are required for all applying parents. We hold several sessions in December and January so parents have an opportunity to attend. Only one parent needs to attend.
Our decisions are based on multiple factors. Priority (although not a guarantee) is given to returning families and employees of Barnard College. Based on the research conducted here and the education of college students, we take an even number of boys and girls and have an age distribution within each class. In addition, we strive for a diverse group of toddlers for each class.
We are committed to a sliding scale model in an effort to make the Toddler Center affordable and encourage all applicants to apply. Tuition decisions are made based on information from the financial application and recent tax returns and does not factor into acceptance decisions at the Toddler Center. Nearly 35% of our families pay tuition on a sliding scale. We also offer payment plans to spread payments out over several months.
Tuition is set on a yearly basis. Because we use a sliding scale model, families pay what they are able to afford based on income and other resources. We don’t want tuition costs to deter any parent who is thinking of applying to the Toddler Center program. Apply and we will work with you as best we can.
In a typical year, as part of our application process, prospective parents come to observe a class in late January. Due to Covid-19, this may not be possible and we will do our best to show you the Center and what a day looks like through videos and conversation.
Our prospective 2022-23 families may not need to schedule a physical visit to the Center. Parents will, however, be required to attend a virtual Information Session.
*All visits for the 2022-23 school year to be determined*
When you arrive for your visit, wait until all of the children have entered the classroom (after 9:45 or 1:45) before you enter the observation room. Please be sure there are no children in the hallway prior to entering the observation room. You will leave the observation room before the children have finished class.
Food, drinks, and cell phones are all prohibited inside the observation room. Be sure cell phones are turned off—for texting, messages or calls. Photographing/videotaping of any kind is not permitted. And please use your phone sparingly in the hallway, as we share the floor with academic departments and classrooms at Barnard.