How to Enroll Your Child at ECDC

New Families should plan to start the registration process the fall/winter prior to the program they are registering for.

In December Download Registration Forms
In December, ECDC posts registration forms for the upcoming School Year and Summer program on our website. Click on the links below to download the forms.

  • 2024-25 Kindergarten School Year Registration Form, $100 non-refundable fee – Due January 15th
    • must be 5 years old by September 1, 2024
    • program dates – 8/26/24-6/4/25
  • 2024 Summer Registration Form, $50 non-refundable fee – Due February 1st
    • must be 2.5 years old by June 1, 2024 for ECDC-ND enrollment
    • must be 3 years old by June 1, 2024 for ECDC-SMC enrollment
    • program dates – 6/10/24-8/9/24
  • 2024-25 Preschool School Year Registration Form, $50 non-refundable fee – Due February 15th
    • must be 2 years old by September 1, 2024 for ECDC-ND enrollment
    • must be 3 years old by start date for ECDC-SMC enrollment
    • program dates – 8/26/24-6/4/25

In January/February  Schedule a Tour & Submit Your Registration Forms
a) Schedule a Tour – ECDC hosts “Walk Through Wednesdays” on Wednesday mornings at our two ECDC program sites during January and February. Please use the links below to arrange a tour. If you miss the Walk Through Wednesday dates, call ECDC to schedule a tour.
Visit ECDC at Saint Mary’s College or Visit ECDC at the University of Notre Dame

b) Submit Your Registration Form – Submit your registration form with registration fee in person or by mail to either ECDC office by the following due date to be included in the initial registration selection process.

*Directions to both ECDC sites can be found on the Contact Us page.

In February/March Check Your Email
Families are notified by email of enrollment or waiting list status within 1 month of the registration due date, and our goal is notification within 3 weeks.

Next Steps The registration selection process will not take place until after the registration due date. Families will receive an email within 1 month of the registration due date letting them know if their child has been enrolled or added to the waiting list. Once you receive your email, please click below to learn about the next steps for your family.

Registration Highlights

  • Families complete a registration form for each program they are interested in (school year and/or summer).
  • Families register/enroll for the entire program. The school year begins in late August and ends in late May or early June. The summer program is nine weeks, early June through early August. See the ECDC calendar for program dates and ECDC holidays.
  • Families enrolled in the current school year program have registration priority for the upcoming summer and school year programs.
  •  New and returning families are enrolled using a random selection process with registration priority categories.
  • Once you receive your enrollment confirmation letter by email, your child is enrolled in the program. If you have changed your mind, please withdrawal prior to the withdrawal deadline to avoid any financial obligation.
  • Please contact Kari Alford at or Nikki Zavada at with any questions.
  • Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • When Can I Enroll at ECDC-ND
  • When Can I Enroll at ECDC-SMC


The Early Childhood Development Center admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, and national or ethnic origin.