Admission to White Birch Center for Early Learning is open to all children aged nine months to five years, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, political persuasion, national origin, handicap, ancestry, or sexual orientation.
Step 1: Check Availability
If you are interested in enrolling your child in our Early Learning Program, please contact our Director of Children’s Programs, Leanna Lorden, to see which openings are available.
If there are no available openings, your information will be added to our waitlist and you will be contacted should any openings become available. The waitlist is managed on a first come, first serve basis.
Step 2: Interview & Tour
We strongly recommend that parents visit any child care center they are considering prior to enrolling. It’s almost impossible to tell if a program is right for your child without seeing it in person.
Schedule an interview so we can discuss your child’s specific needs, review important information about the program, and tour the premises. Feel free to bring your child with you so he or she can meet the other children and see what fun things there are to do here. Be sure to allow 30-45 minutes so we have adequate time to discuss your child’s specific needs, review important information about the program, and to address all your questions.
During the interview you will receive our Enrollment Application as well as copies of our current Family Handbooks. You may request a copy of the Enrollment Application and Family Handbooks beforehand so you can bring any questions with you to the interview.
Generally, all interested families are interviewed before a decision is made, however in certain circumstances the opening may be filled before all the scheduled interviews are completed.
Step 3: Submit an Enrollment Application
We ask that you provide notice of enrollment within 48 hours after your interview and tour.
To reserve your child’s space in the program, an Enrollment Application must be completed by both parents and submitted, along with the $50 enrollment fee. The enrollment fee is non-refundable and will be forfeited if the child does not enroll.
This can be dropped off at our main office or mailed to:
White Birch Center
51 Hall Ave
PO Box 2035
Henniker, NH 03242
After your 48-hour window has passed, other prospective families will be offered the opening. At this point the opening will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis, depending on which family submits the enrollment items first.
As confirmation of the child’s enrollment, an “Enrollment Acceptance” will be completed and sent to parents along with information regarding the required enrollment forms as well as the Intake Meeting and Second Visit for your child. Enrollment is considered to begin on the date listed on the Enrollment Acceptance form and a place reserved for your child beginning on that date, as long as all fees and forms are received on time. This date is subject to change at the discretion of the Director of Children’s Programs.
Step 4: Intake Meeting & Second Visit
Once the Enrollment Acceptance notification has been received, you will be contacted to schedule a second visit where your child will independently visit the classroom while the parent/guardian(s) attend an Intake Meeting with the Development Manager, Megan Keim and Director of Children’s Programs, Leanna Lorden. The agenda of the Intake Meeting is as follows:
- Parent/guardian(s) will complete a Child Intake Form, providing our teachers with an insight into your child’s specific needs.
- The Enrollment Contract will be reviewed in detail and if completed, can be submitted along with the first week’s tuition payment.
- A Brightwheel Overview will be provided as well as assistance with creating a Brightwheel Account for the parent/guardian(s).
- Family Resources will be provided and reviewed. Resources will include:
- SELA (State Early Learning Alliance)
- TS Gold
- Developmental Milestones
- PASTA (Parenting A Second Time Around) – if relevant
Step 4: Awaiting your Start Date
Now that your child is enrolled, while you are awaiting your child’s start date, you are encouraged to review the Family Handbooks to be sure that you understand all policies and procedures. You will receive four newsletters outlining important information as well as tips & tricks to helping your child adjust to child care. You will also receive a welcome letter from your child’s Lead Teacher outlining important classroom information as well as a list of items to bring on your child’s first day!
As always, throughout this process please feel free to reach out to Development Manager, Megan Keim or Director of Children’s Programs, Leanna Lorden, if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to supporting your family through your child’s Early Learning Development!