Application Process & Forms

Welcome to the Bowdoin College Children's Center website for perspective families. Currently we are fully enrolled through the 2017-18 school year. While we don't anticipate having any openings within the next year, interested families are encouraged to have their names on our waitlist. All families are guided to complete an application form available below and submit it with a $25 application fee to hold a space on the waiting list. The waiting list is carefully managed for both Bowdoin families and community families. Families may contact us about their place on the waitlist however for community families, this is variable because of college family enrollment. Infant and young toddler slots are in the highest demand and often are the most difficult to secure. A family may enroll to place an infant on the waiting list up to 8 months in advance of the child’s birth.

As a family’s name rises on the waiting list and there is a space available, we offer them a visit to the program including a tour of the facility and a meeting with the director. We keep the program closed to prospective families who are not immediately in line for a slot in order to minimize the disruption to the children and educators during their day. We hold our annual open house on the first Saturday in November for all prospective families.

If you have questions feel free to email Martha Eshoo at