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Admission/Enrollment Process


The admission/enrollment for the Child Development Laboratory is two fold. First, parents must fill out a Waiting List Application  and submit the application in person to the Child Development Laboratory receptionist or by emailing the application to Applicant’s name is then entered on to the waiting list that is updated every 6-9 months. We highly suggest that families maintain current information throughout the year for their child. Secondly, the enrolling process begins during the month of March. Currently enrolled children and siblings have first priority. Then children from
the waiting list will be selected to fill the remaining openings meeting research criteria.Image4

The Child Development Laboratory is open to all children regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, delays or religious affiliation. Children are assigned to classrooms based on the child’s age, developmental needs, application date, teaching and research requirements, and available space.

Children are eligible for admission at the age of 12 months through 5 year old. Parents must complete an application packet including a Health Professional Assessment signed by a physician stating that the child is able to participate in the program and has current immunizations. Children are enrolled depending on space availability and must be able to benefit from participation in a group setting.

During the first six weeks of attendance the teacher, therapists and educational specialist/coordinator will complete curriculum-based and standardized assessments for children with and without developmental delays. Families will be asked to provide any information that pertains to a child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).  

Enrollment policies and records will include, but not limited to the following guidelines:

  • Maintain current health records for each child; each record must document the dates of service to show that the child is current for routine screenings, exams, and immunizations according to the OKDHS schedule, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control of the United States Public Health Service.
  • Current records will provide information about health insurance coverage required for emergency purposes.
  • Provide results of health exams, up-to-date immunizations, screenings and follow-ups for any normal or abnormal testing.
  • Current emergency contact information for each child and kept current through daily changes noted on the classroom sign-in/sign-out sheets.
  • Names of individuals authorized to access health information.
  • Doctor’s written instructions for children who live with special needs: allergies, chronic illness, or any other special issue that needs to be addressed by the Child Development Laboratory  if certain circumstances should arise.


A non-refundable registration fee is assessed on a yearly basis. The registration fee is due with the enrollment agreement eachImage4 school year.


The tuition for the Child Development Laboratory is dependent upon the classroom in which a child attends. This includes the 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. session with an additional cost for before- and after-school programs: 7:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. 

Tuition is based on the full year program costs with 10 equal monthly installments.  Tuition is not reduced during holidays, program breaks, family vacations, schedule adjustments, or absences. The Child Development Laboratory does not offer pro-rated billing for any circumstance.

A late payment fee of $15 is assessed if payment is not made on time. All payments are subject to the rules and regulations established by the university.  If payments are 10 business days overdue without prior arrangement, a one-week notice of termination of enrollment may be given.  Billing will continue through the child’s last day of the program. The Child Development Laboratory does not offer pro-rated billing.

Financial Aid (in the form of scholarships) is available for those who qualify (based on the family’s net household income and the number of persons living in the household). Scholarships are provided by the Dr. James and Ann Halligan Endowed Scholarship and the Mya’s Promise Foundation. Financial Aid request forms will require you to submit the two most current IRS 1040 returns and a description of any special financial circumstance that your family might have encountered within the designated time frame. To apply, please speak to the Child Development Laboratory Director or Administrative Associate for details.

The Child Development Laboratory accepts W5 subsidies from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Details can be obtained from the Director or Administrative Associate.


The Child Development Laboratory charges a supply fee every semester for each child enrolled in the program. This fee is added to the monthly statement and billed in August and January. This money is used to provide supplies and activities for the classrooms.


The Child Development Laboratory will assess late fees to parents who do not pick up their children before the closing time of 3:30 p.m. (or at 5:30 p.m. for those enrolled in after-school care). A fee of $10 will be assessed beginning at 5 minutes after closing and for every 5 minutes or portion thereof until the child is picked up. The parent will be notified in writing and the assessed fee will appear on the next month’s bursar bill.


Parents may withdraw their child from the Child Development Laboratory at any time by giving a 30 day written notice to the Director.