The Ames Child Care Center offers need based tuition assistance to any qualifying family. Since 1991, the ACCC's Tuition Assistance Council has administered the tuition assistance program.
To qualify for assistance, all interested families are required to submit an application once every six months (two periods per year: Feb 1 - Jul 31 and Aug 1 - Jan 31).
The families eligible to receive assistance are awarded aid based on available funds and degree of need. The available assistance is divided between eligible families proportionally.
Funds for tuition assistance come from the Board of Directors budget and are raised through ACCC fundraisers and CFC donations.
The tuition fee is established by the Board of Directors to cover the Center's operating expenses. It is subject to change, as conditions require.
Tuition fees are based on a Monday-Friday schedule. Written notice will be given to the parents of all the enrolled children at least 45 calendar days prior to any tuition fee change. See here for the tuition fee rate schedule.
The Center is open between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 PM.
The normal tuition fees are based on a set schedule of nine and a half (9.5) hours per day. Alternate or compressed work schedules should be based on ten and a half (10.5) hour days with one day off every other week (the child does not attend school on the off day).
If a child will be attending for more than their scheduled hours, or during a scheduled day off, additional fees will be charged. In order to meet staffing requirements and to minimize Center expenses, parents are required to fill out a tuition schedule form to establish a weekly schedule for each child's hours of attendance.
Changes to the child's schedule should be coordinated with the Director. Students scheduled as full-time must pay full-time tuition regardless of whether or not they are actually at the Center as scheduled. Likewise, students scheduled as parttime must pay tuition for their schedule days regardless of whether they attend on those days.