FAQ

When does enrollment begin for new students?

Community enrollment begins mid-March for the upcoming academic school year and ends when all classroom spots have been filled. The number of spots offered is dependent on the availability in each classroom.

We ask that families notify us with contact information changes so we can efficiently and accurately reach them when a spot becomes available.

How do I enroll my child in the UT Lab School?

Enrollment is done by contacting children who are on our waiting list. Our classes often fill quickly. If you are considering enrolling your child in the UT Lab School, we highly recommend that you join our waiting list as early as possible, as application date is one of the factors used to determine eligibility. We also highly recommend that you actively maintain your waiting list status by updating your contact information as soon as any changes occur.

Community enrollment begins in mid-March of each year, at which time families on our waiting list are contacted and offered a spot in a UT Lab School classroom.

Does the UT Lab School offer a scholarship?

Yes. Partial scholarships are awarded, based on income, to families who are admitted into the program and who qualify for support.

Do I need to be affiliated with the University to enroll my child at the UT Lab School?

No. The UT Lab School enrollment is open to all members of the Austin and surrounding area community.

How long is your waiting list?

Our waiting list is based on application date, gender, and date of birth. In each classroom, we balance gender and age of children to provide the best reflection of age-specific development for our undergraduate laboratory students.  The length of time you might remain on the waiting list is dependent upon the yearly classroom openings.  Once you join the waiting list you will automatically remain on it until you are either offered a spot in our program or you ask to be removed from the waiting list.

Do you give preference to siblings of children who are current or former UT Lab School students?

Yes. Preference is given to siblings of children currently and/or formerly enrolled in the UT Lab School’s program.

Can I take a tour of the UT Lab School?

We require all interested families to take a tour. Check out our tour request page or email ppfcfl@utlists.utexas.edu to schedule your tour. Tours are given on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am. Additional tours will be added as needed.

I am apart of an early childhood organization. Can I take a tour of the facility?

Yes. You can attend one of our monthly tours, or you can contact our center at ppfcfl@utlists.utexas.edu to schedule an alternate tour time.

My child has been offered a spot in the UT Lab School. How long do I have before I have to make the commitment?

Once offered a spot, you will have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer.

I am looking for a nanny. I would like to find an interested Child Development Student. Can you recommend anyone?

You may send a half page ad to ppfcfl@utlists.utexas.edu. We will post your ad on the bulletin board in the UT Lab School. Alternatively, you can make an ad and post it on Hire-A-Longhorn. The Department of Human Ecology is unable to do any childcare referrals.

Do you have questions that are not answered here? Please contact us or email us at ppfcfl@utlists.utexas.edu. We will gladly answer any questions you might have.