Application & Admission

Children must be three years of age by September 15 and be toilet trained to be eligible for enrollment in the fall semester. Each session enrolls sixteen children. Returning students have first priority for re-enrollment and will be enrolled before the assignment of new students. The notice for application will be advertised in The Campus Memo, The Grinnell Herald Register, and The Pennysaver.

Applications are available to families in April. Families will be notified of admission and class assignments at the end of April. Children will be admitted and assigned to a session based upon the age of each child in descending order from oldest to youngest. We try to provide gender balance in each session. There will be a waiting list for only the current academic year. Open positions in each session will be filled from the waiting list based upon the age of each child in descending order from oldest to youngest as well as gender to balance the class until the session is full.

It is the policy of Grinnell College Preschool not to discriminate in its program or activities on the basis of sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability. Our program fosters knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society. Grinnell College Preschool provides programming for all children, including those with disabilities and unique learning needs. Modifications are made in the environment in order to include children with special needs. Staff will be trained on the identified needs and are able to follow through with specific intervention plans. Children with special needs that are included in the program enrich the experience for everyone involved. The preschool facilities meet the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. People who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the Iowa Department of Education, “Grimes State Office Building”, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515)281-5294. Procedures are available upon request from the director of preschool.


M-W-F Morning Session 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. $90 per month
T-TH Morning Session 9:00 - 11:30 A.M. $70 per month
M-T-TH-F Afternoon Session 1:00 - 3:30 P.M. $90 per month

Bills are mailed out at the beginning of each month. Payments may be placed in the payment box at Grinnell College Preschool or sent through the mail. Checks should be made payable to "Grinnell College." If payment is not made within 10 days of the date of the receipt of the bill, and the family has not contacted the Cashier's Office (269-4100), there will be a $5 late fee. If this fee is not paid within 5 days, the child will not be allowed to return to preschool until the bill is paid. If a family finds this payment schedule difficult to meet, the Cashier's Office is available to discuss alternatives. Families are charged for eight months of tuition.

For additional information contact: Karen Veerhusen-Langerud at (641) 269-3320; 1022 Park Street, Grinnell, IA 50112.