Enrollment at the CDL is open to children of NIU staff, faculty and students, as well as the community at large.
Applications are accepted each semester during a two-week open enrollment period with priority given to previously enrolled children and their siblings. Applications for the upcoming summer and fall semesters will be accepted from April 15th to April 30th each year, and for the upcoming spring semester from October 15th to October 31st.
Any applications received outside of these designated open enrollment periods will automatically be placed on a waiting list for the duration of the semester in progress, and parents will be contacted only if space becomes available.
All ages must be met by the beginning of the semester for which the child is enrolled.
Semester charges are enrollment fees (not attendance fees) which are billed monthly during the semester on the basis of contracted days. It is expected that fees will be paid as stated in your contract regardless of whether or not your child is in attendance; this includes days missed due to illness, vacation, weather-related closures, and NIU-recognized holidays.
Contracts follow the traditional 16-week NIU spring and fall semesters, and the 8-week semester for the summer. Please refer to the NIU calendar for official start and end dates of a specific semester. The CDL remains open between semesters, but enrollment during these interim periods is optional. Spring break is also considered an optional enrollment period.
Two weeks' notice is required for withdrawal of your child from the program or for any change in schedule.
Registration Fee: There is a one-time $45.00 registration fee that will be added to your first billing cycle.
Annual Insurance Fee: An insurance fee of $7.00 will be billed for each child upon enrollment and every August thereafter.
Late Payment Fee: There will be a $25.00 charge added to your upcoming invoice if your previous invoice is more than five days overdue.
Late Pick-Up Fee: A fee of $10.00 will be added to your bill if your child is picked up after closing time. For each additional 5 minute interval late will be an additional $5.00.