Application Information

The Child Study Center is a laboratory preschool for the Wellesley College Psychology Department and is open during the College's academic year, early September through the third week in May.  We offer morning programs, (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) with a Tuesday/Thursday extended day option (until 2:30PM) for three- and four-year olds. There are three classes, one for two year olds, one for three year olds and one for four year olds. The age cut-off date is August 31st. Two-year-olds may come for two, three or five mornings per week. Three and four-year-olds come five mornings a week with the option of adding 2 extended days. Preference is given to the children of Wellesley's faculty and staff, to siblings of children already attending, and the remaining spaces are open to the general community. The children are observed and participate in simple research projects, which are carefully monitored. Because of this research, an even number of boys and girls are enrolled in the morning program and a range of birth months within each class is preferred.

The Child Study Center serves as a model preschool for approximately 3000 observers and researchers. The Center is a child-centered environment where, in a modified open classroom, self-directed children learn age-appropriate skills with the support of nurturing adults. In addition, the Center conducts ongoing parent education in the form of meetings, colloquia, conferences, and written materials. In order to reach beyond our immediate community, Child Study Center staff members lecture frequently to both parent and professional groups.

Applications are accepted between October 1st and January 15th. Applications are NOT first-come-first-served. Applications are not considered complete until at least one parent or guardian visits the school while it is in session and an application fee is received. The deadline for applications, visits, and submitting application fees is January 15th. Decisions are made in February for admission the following September. Notifications of decisions are mailed after February 15th.

Submit an Online Application

(This Link is ONLY Active between October 1 to January 15)

Print a pdf Application Form

(This Link is ONLY Active between October 1 to January 15)

Application Form Info

Applying to the CSC is a 3-step Process:
  1. Fill out an application
  2. Visit the CSC for a parent tour (You will be contacted to set up a date for this once your application is received)
  3. Submit a $50 application fee


Applications are accepted from October 1st through January 15th for the school year that begins the following September. 

An Electronic Application may be submitted from October 1 - January 15. 

Once your child's application is received, an administrator from the Child Study Center will contact you to arrange for your parent tour.

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required. This fee can be submitted on the day of your tour or mailed to the Center before January 15. Checks should be made payable to Wellesley College.

Your child's application is not considered comlete until at least one parent/guardian comes for a tour  of the Center and your application fee has been received.

All applications received are considered equally. There is no preference given to those parents who submit early. As long as your application, tour, and fee are completed by Janaury 15, your child will be considered for enrollment by our Admissions Committee.

Parents of TWINS must submit a separate application for each child.


The tuition rates for the 2014-2015 academic year are listed below.
Please note that our tuition usually increases each year by a small percentage.

Tuition 2014-2015 duration community Fac/staff
Youngest Class 5 days $7798 $5763
Youngest Class 3 days $4800 $3548
Youngest Class 2 days $3238 $2393
Middle & Oldest Class 5 mornings $6789 $5017
Middle & Oldest Class -
extended day option
2 extended days
Tues & Thurs)
$2715 $2006


Birth Date Cut-offs for Admission for 2014-15

  • Youngest: 8/31/2012 (Confirm your child will be 2 yrs of age on or before 8/31/2014)
  • Middle: 8/31/2011 (Confirm your child will be 3 yrs of age on or before 8/31/2014)
  • Oldest: 8/31/2010 (Confirm your child will be 4 yrs of age on or before 8/31/2014)


Birth Date Cut-offs for Admission for 2015-16

  • Youngest: 8/31/2013 (Confirm your child will be 2 yrs of age on or before 8/31/2015)
  • Middle: 8/31/2012 (Confirm your child will be 6 yrs of age on or before 8/31/2015)
  • Oldest: 8/31/2011 (Confirm your child will be 4 yrs of age on or before 8/31/2015)

Contact Us

Contact Us

Wellesley College Child Study Center
Page Building
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Phone: 781.283.2695


Child Study Center