Parents are recognized as the first and most important teachers of children. They are encouraged to become as involved in the center's activities as their schedules permit. They are encouraged to visit the center during the day, meet their child for lunch, and to participate in special events when possible.
Parent-teacher conferences, monthly newsletters, and informal conversations provide opportunities for parents and staff to work closely together. Parents and staff are also encouraged to join the center's Parent's Group, which meets monthly.
The Parent Handbook provides important information on how the CDC is operated, classrooms, and the responsibilities of the Center and of parents.
Please print and fill out the Registration Form and send to Tina Morris prior to visiting the Center.
George Mason University Child Development Center provides full-day child care (for children 2-5 years old) for faculty, staff, and students at George Mason University. The Center is open from 7am to 6pm Monday through Friday year round (see the Center calendar for closing dates). We also provide short day and part week options on a space available basis. Families not currently affiliated with George Mason University as a faculty, staff, or student are also accepted on a space available basis; these families pay more than affiliated families pay.
Applications are accepted continuously and the center maintains a waiting list of interested families. Please review the waiting list and enrollment priorities and procedures for more information on our specific priorities and procedures for filling spaces from the waiting list. Tuition takes into consideration the fact that the program is closed for a limited number of holidays and staff development days as stated in the Center Calendar. It is also assumed that children will be away on vacation an average of two weeks per year. Such absences were taken into consideration when the annual tuition was established. Tuition cannot be reduced for a temporary reduction in hours that the child attends, or for absences from the program.
A morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided to the children, with food service by the Mason's Dining Services. The meals meet nutritional standards as required by the USDA Child Care Food Program.