Waiting List Policy

When there is no available child care space within a certain age group, a waiting list is established.

There are 2 ways for your child to be placed on the Erie First waiting list.

  1. Call the office at 814-866-0007 and give us your child’s info and your contact info, and we will be happy to accommodate you on our waiting list.
  2. Fill out and return and EFEEC initial application with a $35.00 non-refundable registration fee, and your child will be placed on the waiting list – securing a spot over those who have elected not to return the application or pay the registration fee.

With either option, there is no guarantee that care will be available on the requested start date.


Child care spaces will be filled in each age group from the waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis in the following priority order:

  1. Sibling of an enrolled child – at Erie First, we believe in and promote a family atmosphere. We want to strengthen and protect the “members” of our family, and for this reason, after a family is enrolled that family has priority for new openings. Openings are filled first by currently enrolled children who need to “move up” the next age group. Any remaining openings will be offered to EFEEC families who have a sibling needing care.
  2. Child of an Erie First staff member – Erie First staff members will be given second priority in any available openings. If there is a situation where more than one staff member needs childcare, the opening (within each separate age group) will be given according to who applied and paid the registration fee on the earliest date. 
  3. Child of the Erie Community – Erie First seeks to be an active part of our community and to impact our Erie/Summit community in a positive way. We invite and look forward to meeting and making new friends, and to welcoming new children and their parents into our EFEEC family. We embrace diversity within our population, seek to meet the special needs of individuals, and accept CCIS for those who are eligible.


When a space becomes available, the next person on the waiting list will be contacted. The parent recorded on the waiting list will then have 48 hours (2 working days) to notify the center of his/her decision.

In the event that the parent does not respond within 2 days and/or they cannot be reached, the next person on the list will be contacted. If a parent chooses not to accept a space when available, the child’s name will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list (or removed if we do not hear from the parent within a week).

In order to ensure that the center is able to contact a parent when a space becomes available, it is the parent’s responsibility to notify the center of any change in contact information, &/or if the parent will be out of town for an extended period of time.