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Waitlist procedures

Children First serves State of Ohio employees as well as the general public. State of Ohio employees receive first priority for enrollment as described in the waitlist document. Interested families are encouraged to place their name on our waitlist as soon as possible since applications for care are maintained in the order in which they are received.  Families requesting care are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $100 to secure their name on the waitlist.  Priority is given to families already receiving care at Children First and employees of the State of Ohio. Waitlist applications are reviewed monthly and available openings are offered to families who are next on the waitlist.  The applicant may refuse the opening or may ask to remain on the waitlist for a later date one time.  Unfortunately, the waitlist is unpredictable and it is difficult to be precise about the admittance date to the center.  We recommend you call or email periodically to check your status on the list and/or update your information if necessary.  


Once an opening is available and the family decides on enrollment, a deposit of two week’s tuition and a $100 registration fee will be required to ensure placement. The family will be asked to attend an orientation meeting with the classroom teacher.

Take a tour

If you are interested in enrolling your child, we do encourage you to contact Children First to schedule a tour. If you would like to set up a tour, please contact us at and we will schedule a time for you to tour the center!

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