Enrolling Your Child at Cornerstone Center
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to offer in-person tours. Please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to see our programs in action and what day-to-day looks like at Cornerstone.
We ask that interested families first contact Toni Jackson, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 865-5244. to learn more about our program as well as the application and enrollment process. Next, interested families can procure an enrollment packet from our front office Monday-Friday between 7:00am-5:00pm, or by requesting to have an enrollment packet sent via email.
The enrollment packet includes a two-page enrollment application. Please fill it out as soon as possible and return it to Cornerstone Center with a $100 application fee (or a $10 fee for families with state assistance). In order to ensure placement on the waitlist for child care or preschool enrollment, we recommend that families complete and submit the application as soon as possible, even while still gathering the other items needed to enroll. Please note: some enrollments receive priority, such as emergency placement of children in foster care, children of families who are eligible for daycare assistance, and siblings of currently enrolled children. For this reason it is difficult to give an exact estimated start date.
Q: During the application process, prospective families are asked if they are eligible for daycare assistance. What is daycare assistance?
A: Daycare assistance is a child care subsidy program that assists eligible parents/guardians with payments for child care in Missouri. To learn more and to see if you may be eligible, click here to visit the Missouri Department of Social Services child care webpage.
Q: Our family is already enrolled with Cornerstone or on Cornerstone’s waitlist, but we are not yet ready for our children to start attending the center again. Can you hold our spot?
A: The financial implications of being fully staffed and under enrolled is very challenging for any early childhood center. After months of doing so, Cornerstone unfortunately can no longer hold spots. We are taking these steps to ensure that for years to come, we are able to continue offering high quality childcare and education while still maintaining safety protocols under the current guidelines and restrictions.
Q: After I submit the enrollment application, can Cornerstone provide an exact start date or position on the waitlist?
A: There is a nationwide staffing shortage, and the number of children Cornerstone can serve at any given time is limited not only by the physical space of our facility, but also by the number of teachers we have on staff. Meeting very strict ratios of teachers to children in the room is an integral part of being a licensed childcare provider. The ratios change based on the age of the children in the room. This is why we often have more openings in our preschool rooms than we do in our younger age group rooms.
Openings arise when a child graduates to an older age group room, or when a child leaves Cornerstone. The times when a child moves to an older room varies depending on that specific child’s birthdate as well as whether there is any availability in the next age group room. Furthermore, we usually receive notice that a child will be leaving Cornerstone only about two weeks in advance.
In addition, to maintain diversity in our Cornerstone community and to keep families together, some groups receive priority on our waitlist. In order, these groups are (1) children in foster care, (2) children whose families benefit from daycare assistance, and (3) siblings to a currently enrolled child. From there, applications are enrolled based upon date of application.
For these reasons, we are unable to give specific start dates or a “number in line” for our waitlist, as we cannot accurately foretell when priority placements will come in or when a child will leave for another school. The best we can offer is a prediction based on past experience.
Q: Other than childcare and education, what are the additional ways Cornerstone supports families?
A: In addition to licensed, accredited, award-winning education and care, Cornerstone children benefit from diapers and wipes, nutrition for healthy development, speech and occupational therapy, and family partnership and support, all at no additional cost.
Q: What safety precautions is Cornerstone taking to protect children and families from COVID-19?
A: Cornerstone is committed to the health and safety of our children, families and staff. The most up-to-date and complete details on our protocols and procedures are available here.