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The ELC is dedicated to providing superior care and education to all children enrolled in its programs.  In order to ensure that each child receives proper care and attention, we purposefully keep our child to staff ratios low. This means that the ELC can only admit a small number of children each year. In order to accommodate the large number of applicants the Center maintains a year-round, on-going, wait list for all new applicants**.


  1. Currently enrolled children transitioning to another classroom (e.g. an infant moving up to a toddler room)
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled children
  3. Children of University of Delaware employees and students
  4. Purchase of Care recipients
  5. Children with a diagnosed disability
  6. Children living in foster care
  7. Members of the general community who do not meet the requirements of 1-4 will be offered spaces in order of registration date

Although you are welcome to contact the ELC regarding the status of available spaces, it is difficult to predict a definite enrollment date until you are contacted and offered a space.

Please note that due to wait list priorities, it is possible for another family to receive a space before yours if they are in a higher priority category, even if you registered before them. 

Available Openings

When an opening occurs you will be contacted and offered a space. Should you refuse to accept the space at that time, your name will be returned to the wait list.  If you refuse an offer on two separate occasions, your name will be placed at the end of the wait list.

You will be forwarded necessary forms and paperwork to complete once you have accepted an offer.


**Part-time spaces are not available.