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Children's Center Lottery for Preschool Openings

Now Accepting Applications

Date of Lottery

The Department of Human Resources will draw lots for the class of September 2019 preschool openings in the Boston College Children's Center on Thursday, December 13, 2018.


Children who will be between the ages of 2 years, 9 months and 5 years, 0 months by September 1, 2019 are eligible for the program. Lots are drawn according to available openings, age group, and employee or student category.

How to Register

Interested parents may register for the lottery by filling out the Lottery Form online and submitting it by clicking Submit Application. We recommend using Internet Explorer as your browser. For additional questions, please call Karen Cristello at the Children's Center at (617) 552-3089.

Deadline for Registering

The deadline for registering is Friday, December 7, 2018. Submissions after that date will be considered for the wait list.

Lottery/Enrollment Process

BCCC is a preschool program with extended day in the afternoon. Its mission is to provide high-quality preschool education and care to the children of employees and students.

There are 42 full-time spaces. Enrollment for open spaces is done through an annual lottery; the lottery process is designed to afford all employee/student families an opportunity to access the program. The lots for openings are made up annually. The application period begins in October and ends before the Holiday break (annual dates are on the form). The lottery takes place at the end of Fall session, when a blind draw is done by the Vice President of Human Resources.

Applicants are placed in lottery categories by the BCCC director according to the information given on the application. A count of the current members is taken, and priority for openings is given to full-time applicants and underrepresented categories. Family categories include Faculty, Professional/Admin, Support Staff, Serv/Tech, Graduate Student, and Undergraduate Student. Other areas that affect the lots drawn are age group, schedule requested, and gender.

Once the lots are drawn, parents are informed of their status by email, and appointments for tours and intake interviews are scheduled. Parents are asked to read the Parent Handbook on the web prior to their intake appointment.

The center requests a commitment to accept enrollment or withdraw shortly after the intake interview so that any vacancies can be given to families on the wait list. Once the decision to join BCCC is made, an enrollment process with a contract for service and a one month’s advanced tuition is initiated. This tuition payment holds the child’s place in the Fall class. This advanced payment is non-refundable.

In June, an information packet with registration, permission forms, and medical/health documentation is processed. School visits for the children are also scheduled. The new school year begins in early September.