Welcome to the Admissions process here at Tompkins Hall Childcare and Nursery School.  Our Admissions cycle is between October and January each year.  The admissions process is made up of two important parts: 1. A Tour and 2. An Open House.  For the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, we will be holding both events virtually. 

You may initiate a virtual tour with an email to the office at Tompkins Hall (located in the sidebar and below). After your initial email has been received, we provide you with link to register for a tour event.  During your virtual tour you will receive an overview of the Tompkins Hall facilities, pedagogical information, teacher backgrounds and a review of new habits in the time of COVID19.  An application will be emailed to you after the virtual tour.  Attending a Tour is a mandatory part of our process. Tours will be given on designated dates only.   

Open Houses were approximately an hour long.  They will now be held virtually, and we have not done this before, so it is all new! At these virtual events, you will hear from teachers and current parents and you will be able to ask questions. In the past, these have been casual mixers.  We will try to hold true to that vibe!   The dates are listed on our school calendar and below. Open House attendance is not mandatory, but is an excellent way to get a feel for our school community.  

Tours and Open Houses are for adults only.  Our Open Houses this year are on Friday, November 19th, 2021, Friday December 3rd, 2021 and Friday, January 21st, 2022 at 3:30pm.   

Additional questions and tour inquiries can be emailed to us: [email protected]

Deadlines and Fees:

Early decision applications from families (for CU affiliates only) are due December 3rd, 2021.  

Regular decision applications are due January 21st, 2022.  

  • All applications must be accompanied by a fee of $50 and are not considered submitted until the fee has been received.
  • If you are applying for financial aid, that separate application must be submitted according to the deadlines above in order for your application to be complete.  
  • We utilize for the Financial Aid process.  Please submit a separate application to them.  It takes 10-12 business days for them to process your information, so don't leave this item for last.  Our funds are limited, and submission of an application does not guarantee an aid award. 

If you are looking for a program for your child and are outside of the above timelines, we may be able to accommodate you. Email us to find out more about off cycle admissions.

Our school serves families affiliated with Columbia University. Priority admissions goes to affiliated families first. If additional spaces are still available in any of our programs, then we admit community members.


Centers cannot require parents to opt for early notification. If a qualifying family chooses to be included in the early notification process, the Center will notify families of the schools decisions after December 6th, 2019 and no later than January 17, 2020.

The Columbia University parent reply deadline is no later than 12noon on January 24, 2020. There are no exceptions to this rule. 


Tuition for 2020-2021 School Year

Financial Aid

We use the TADS system in processing financial aid applications. We can only consider those applications listed in "fair" and "good" standing on the TADS system. Please indicate your intent to apply for financial aid on your paper application and via email to: [email protected].

Please keep in mind that due to limited resources, financial aid is not available to every financially qualified student who applies.

Calendar and Phasing-In

Our school year starts the week before Labor day and ends on the last Thursday in June. We have a  full 10 month school year and an optional 1-6 week summer program.  View the current school year calendar for more information.

A parent and/or caregiver must be available for the first two weeks of the school year to help your child with separation process. You will receive your family's phase-in schedule in your Welcome Packet, which is emailed in July.