Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

The Auburn University Early Learning Center is operated by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, to support its instructional and research programs. Children attend half day sessions taught by Head Teachers with advanced training in Child Development/Early Childhood Education. University students teach and work with the children under the direct supervision of the Head Teachers. To have children considered for admission, parents should submit applications beginning October 1 for the next academic year. A waiting pool of applicants is maintained to replace any child withdrawn by another child of the same age and sex. Applications are available at the Auburn University Early Learning Center, or by calling 844-4696.

Three classes are offered during the academic year. The three year old class, comprised of 13 children and the four year old class comprised of 16 children meet from 8:30-11:30 each morning. The mixed age group, consisting of 16 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds meets from 12:30-3:30. Parents may enroll their children in both a morning and afternoon session. Parents must provide care during the 11:30-12:30 lunch hour. In previous years parents have arranged a group child care experience during the lunch hour to alleviate the strain on parents who can’t come at that time. No guarantees are in place that this will happen each year.

3-Year Olds (13 children)
Monday - Friday / 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

4-Year Olds (16 children)
Monday - Friday / 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Mixed age group (16 children)
Monday - Friday / 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Children may attend both morning and afternoon sessions. Parents must provide care during the 11:30-12:30 lunch hour.

Groups and Fees
Please read this letter concerning tuition for the 2020-21 year.
Fees: Tuition is $350 per month (August-April) per session (morning or afternoon). Tuition for children attending all day-both sessions-is $700 per month. A non-refundable deposit of $250 for one session, $500 for dual enrollment is required upon admittance into the program. A $100 supply fee per session (morning or afternoon) will also be required. If your child is dually enrolled in both a morning and afternoon class, the supply fee is $200.

The center follows the Auburn University schedule. The schedule for the 2019-20 academic year is as follows:

Fall Semester 2019:

Begins Monday, Aug. 19
NO SCHOOL Monday, September 2, Labor Day
NO SCHOOL Fall break, Oct 10-11
NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Nov. 25-29
Last day- Friday, Dec. 6

Spring Semester 2020:

Begins Wednesday, January 8
NO SCHOOL Monday, Jan. 20 MLK, Jr. Day
NO SCHOOL Spring Break March. 9-13
Last day - Friday, April 24

Head teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, Teaching assistants are graduate students working on advanced degrees in Human Development and Family Studies. Undergraduate students from Human Development and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, and numerous other departments on the Auburn University campus have opportunities to practice their developmentally appropriate teaching skills under the direction of the head teachers who have many years of hands-on experience training future preschool teachers.

AUELC has been accredited continuously since 1986 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) It was the first preschool program in Alabama to be accredited.  The staff works with other centers to assist them with accreditation.  NAEYC's accreditation sets higher standards than are required by state licensing in all areas that relate to the quality of child care, including health and safety, training and qualification of teachers, teacher-child ratios and group sizes, and teacher-child interactions.

Acceptance into program

Once a child is accepted into the program certain forms must be completed prior to the child attending the center. These forms will be sent to the parents in a timely fashion for completion. They are:

  • Parental Agreement Form
  • Emergency and Release Notification Card
  • Parent Intake Questionnaire
  • Record of Immunization - this is obtained from the child's doctor
  • In addition, teachers request that a short questionnaire about the child's likes and dislikes be completed.

For an application and/or additional information, contact the Director, Sharon Wilbanks, at 334-844-4696.

Scholarships may be applied for after acceptance into the program. A committee consisting of one parent and two Department of Human Development and Family Studies members, not to include AUELC staff, award scholarship money in late May or early June for the following year. Partial scholarships to cover one quarter to one half of the fees are the rule. However, the number of scholarships and amount of awards are based on the amount of money in the scholarship fund at the time of distribution. Minimum requirements are that the family meet the free/reduced lunch standards set by the government.

Parent Involvement
Parents are encouraged to be involved with their children's life at the center.  We have a state of the art observation booth which parents are encouraged to use.  Parents are welcome to come to their child's class to share a story, objects of interest or to join us on field trips.  Parents are often invited to the classroom to share special events such as stone soup or a circus production that the children prepared,  A parent room contains books, magazines and videos on parenting which are available for check out. There is also a lending library of children's videos, books and magazines on fun, child friendly topics.