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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center


Admissions Policy

Enrollment in the SEEC program is based upon an annual random number drawing lottery process that includes consideration of factors such as parents’ place of employment, child’s birth date, and sibling status. Smithsonian employees get priority for all open spaces at SEEC. Each March, enrollment is determined for the upcoming fall through the lottery process. If a vacancy occurs during the year, a child will be selected from the remaining applicants according to the same lottery results but always giving priority to Smithsonian staff members.

Enrollment on a part-time basis is an option for older children. Parents may contract for specific days of the week, and tuition is pro-rated.

All applications should be returned to SEEC along with the application fee (based on a sliding scale). A scholarship program is available. Application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment.

The application fee is based on a sliding scale ($15 - $50). A nominal fee is charged to reapply each year.

Kindergarten Admissions: We will continue to accept applications for Kindergarten until the March 1 lottery deadline!

  • All applicants must submit a SEEC Kindergarten Registration Application between December 16, 2013 and January 15th, 2014 to be eligible for enrollment.  A $75 application fee is required.  Applicants received after March 1st will be considered as space is available.
  • Offers for space in the Kindergarten will be extended on March 1st, 2014. Parent responses are due by March 15th.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be due by March 15th to guarantee a child's enrollment.  A second non-refundable deposit of $500 will be due by June 1st for all children except those currently enrolled in SEEC. Currently enrolled families will have their current student deposit held to cover the second half of the deposit.  

For questions concerning enrollment, please contact Meredith McMahon at or 202.633.1399.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 1st to be included in the lottery.

Download Initial Enrollment Application

Download Kindergarten Enrollment Application


Upcoming Open House Dates

Kindergarten (Natural History Museum)

December 3, 2013

January 22, 2014: canceled. New date: January 30



Preschool (American History)

Infants and Twos (Natural History)

Toddlers (Natural History)

January 9, 2014

January 16, 2014

January 22, 2014: canceled. New date: January 30




Tuition and Fees

Tuition 2013 - 2014

Class Weekly Daily 2-Day 3-Day 4-Day
Infants $383        
Toddlers $365        
Twos  $338 $68 $136 $204 $272
Threes  $320 $64 $128 $192 $256
Fours $315 $63 $126 $189 $252
Kindergarten $365        
Kindergarten Camp $365      

Non-Smithsonian Rates ... Families not employed by the Smithsonian Institution as either SI Federal or SI Trust are required to pay an additional $1500 per child each year. This amount is not considered in financial aid applications. The fee is pro-rated and added to weekly tuition, increasing the weekly rate by $30 or $6 per day. Non-Smithsonian fees also apply to Kindergarten for all families.

Tuition is paid bi-weekly by direct debit; a payment schedule is provided to parents each school year. Scholarship applications are available.

Registration Fee

The registration fee is a nonrefundable fee of $100. This is a separate fee from the application fee.


Recognizing that many families have financial limitations, SEEC established a scholarship program to assist families with identified need. The Scholarship Fund is open to all families offered enrollment in the SEEC program.

All scholarship decisions are based on the family's need as determined by SEEC and the Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS), a financial assessment service. Parents are required to complete the financial aid application and submit this form to TADS, which will generate a need analysis report that is sent directly to SEEC.  Parents must also submit a copy of the most recent federal income tax forms (1040) that were submitted to the IRS and all W-2s directly to TADS.

All parents are expected to contribute to the costs of the program at the highest possible level given their economic situation as reported to SEEC by TADS. SEEC uses the recommendation from TADS as a baseline for our own review and then awards a percentage of the need based on a combination of factors including SI employment, GS level and total overall need. 

Applying for scholarship does not guarantee an award. Applicants must submit a new application each year to participate in the scholarship program.

Please download the application worksheet to help you gather all necessary information prior to applying online.

To apply online, go to to begin your application: 


Important Dates

March 2
May 1
July TBD
July TBD

Deadline for Infant- 4 year-old applications
Scholarship Applications Due
New Parent Orientation
Preschool Play Dates