Prospective Families

Current Openings

We are now fully enrolled for the 2024-2025 school year!  

Any openings that come up throughout the 24-25 school year will be posted here and filled by families on our waitlist*.

Openings for Fall 2024:

-Two Year Old Classroom

-Three Year Old Classroom


2024|25 School Year


Step 1: Join the waitlist*.
Step 2: Open spots will be filled throughout the year as they become available.
Step 3: If offered a spot, you have 48 hours to reject or accept a spot and sign your contract.
Step 4: A deposit of 1st month of tuition and $50 contract fee are due at contract signing.


How to get on the CDL Waitlist

  1. Submit an application to our waitlist.
  2. After you submit your application, you will need to pay a $25 application fee/child. You may either mail a check or pay online.
    –  Pay by Check: Checks will need to be made out to UW Child Development Lab, and mailed to: SoHE Business Office (A27-7001), 2134 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI  53706.
    –  Pay Online: Please wait 2 business days for the CDL to process your waitlist application. After your application is processed, you must finish creating your account and pay your $25 application fee online through the MyProcare Portal. (Note: there will be a 2.75% service charge.)

Your application is not complete until we receive your application fee.

– Families that were previously enrolled at the CDL will need to email to get on the waitlist
– To remain on the waitlist, applications will need to be renewed in January, and a $10 renewal fee will be charged.


For ANY questions regarding enrollment, please email 

Enrollment Priority

The mission of the CDL is to provide opportunities for research, teaching, and outreach, while ensuring high quality early care and education. We strive to support opportunities for researchers and students to learn from a diverse population of children and families. Our enrollment priorities aim to increase access to high quality childcare for UW students, faculty, and staff receiving childcare funding. The CDL will continue to adjust the enrollment priorities in order to increase diversity, equity, and access for all families.

Priority for enrollment will be based on the following criteria:
1. Currently enrolled children
2. Sibling of a currently enrolled child
3. Child of a Child Development Lab staff
4. UW students: 25% of total enrolled children at CDL need to be parents who qualify for funding
– Students who receive CCTAP &/or CCAMPIS will be given priority
– SoHE students will be given priority
5. Child of a School of Human Ecology employee
6. UW students or UW employees
7. Community families

* Any families receiving childcare tuition funding will get priority in their category.
** The CDL maintains the right to balance gender and/or age in each classroom.

Tuition Rates


2024|25 School Year

Full-Time: 7:30am – 5:30pm | Monday – Friday

– Infant Rooms for children ages 6 weeks-23 months by 9/1: $536/week

– Two’s Rooms for children ages 2 years by 9/1: $427/week

Three’s Rooms for children ages 3 by 9/1: $392/week

– Preschool Room* for children ages 4 by 9/1: $360/week

Children in the 4K room who are not enrolled in MMSD 4K will pay the toddler tuition rate

Tuition Assistance

Office of Child Care and Family Resources

UW-Madison’s Office of Campus Childcare and Family Resources (OCCFR) provides many resources for families and some tuition assistance to help with child care costs.

UW Madison Students
Child Care Tuition Assistance Program (CCTAP)
Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

UW-Madison Staff & Faculty
University Staff Grant

Community Assistance
Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program
City of Madison Child Care Assistance Program

For any questions regarding enrollment at the UW Child Development Lab

Please contact