TLC takes admissions applications year round, and accepts children as spaces become available. The vast majority of open spaces occur in early and late summer as our older children leave TLC for kindergarten. We accept children ages eighteen months through five years of age. We have both part time and full time from two to five days a week, with a minimum of two full days.

Tours and Waitlist

Tours are offered on a monthly basis November through June. Please call
(650)325-6683 to schedule a tour or with any questions. These tours are for adults only, unless you have an infant who is comfortable in your arms. Acceptance to TLC is from our waitlist based upon our ability to match available space to accommodate children's ages and family needs, proximity to the center, and the date on which the application was received. We give priority to siblings.

If you would like to put your child on the waitlist for The Learning Center, you may pick an application up at the center or print out the application form ( waitlist.pdf ) , enclose our non-refundable waitlist fee of $100 and send it to:

The Learning Center
Paula Evans-Fitch, Director
459 Kingsley Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301.

To enroll at TLC

Once a space is available, the Director will consult the waitlist and contact you with information about the opening. An individualized visit will be set up for the family and child. When you decide to accept the space, you must complete the Parent Contract and Parent Agreement forms, and submit the first month deposit to complete enrollment. If the child is enrolling within 30 days, a last month’s deposit is required at that time. If the opening is for later, a last month’s deposit is due within 30 days of acceptance. Before your child's first day, you will receive a folder of enrollment forms and a Parent Handbook. An orientation meeting with an Educator will be set up and you will be asked to schedule three ~one hour visits with your child before your child's first day.

July 2018-June 2019 Tuition Schedule

Full Days per Week

Toddlers Monthly Tuition

Preschool Monthly Tuition

5 = FT









Extra Full Day



The rates include morning and afternoon snack, hot lunch, and diapers. Fees are due on or before the 1st of the month. A late charge of $20 will be assessed if payment is received after the 5th of the month. Extra full or half days are subject to availability and agreement by TLC. The monthly fee is due whether or not your child is absent due to sickness, vacation or holidays. Failure to pay fees, or repeated late payment of fees, will result in termination of care for your child.

The Learning Center closes at 5:30 pm. Educators have many tasks to take care of at the end of the day so it is essential that parents arrive and take responsibility for their children by 5:30 pm. After 5:30 pm there is a late charge of $20 for the first 30 minutes or fraction thereof plus $1 per minute after 6 pm. Repeated failure to pick up your child by 5:30 pm will result in termination of care for your child.