Children's Center / Lab School

Child Care

Early Childhood Education Makes a Difference!!

We strive to create an optimum environment for the success of our children and their families. One way we do this is to provide high quality care for the children of our San Jac students, staff, faculty, and administrators as well as local community members. Rest assured this is not daycare nor babysitting. Our facility at Central Campus is known as a Laboratory School where the focus is to provide a safe, compassionate, and nurturing environment. Our lab school serves as a training ground for students from San Jacinto College and our surrounding communities to view a real-life experience with children. Students will learn through observations and hands-on experiences how children learn and develop as well as practice and apply theories learned in classes.

Our Lab School on Central Campus is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a recognized Texas Rising Star provider. It is licensed by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and is in good standing with the state of Texas.

Your child will enjoy reading, art, music, language, science, math, dramatic play, construction, outdoor adventures, and much more. All of these are integral parts of an enriching early childhood education curriculum that is planned and provided by our highly qualified and outstanding teams. We endeavor to provide services that will enable students to pursue their educational goals and dreams and empower working adults to have peace of mind knowing their children are in a safe, healthy, and stimulating environment.

Our Lab School provides care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and follows the academic calendar of San Jacinto College.


Family Manual


The Central Campus Children's Center is now accepting applications for enrollment beginning in Summer/Fall 2022. 

We ask that all families applying for our waitlist keep the following in mind:

  • All families are placed on the waitlist on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Upon availability, families will be contacted to discuss classroom availability for each individual child.
  • The San Jacinto College Central Campus Children's Center does place enrollment priority on current San Jacinto College students.


You can access the Central Campus Children's Center waitlist here or use the QR Code below.


QR to Children's Center Waitlist

The philosophy of the Laboratory School is to provide responsible, nurturing care using positive guidance techniques in a developmentally appropriate setting that fosters the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children.

Purposes and Goals

  • To provide quality child care for the college's students, staff, faculty and administrators, as well as families from the community.
  • To enable students to pursue educational objectives.
  • To aid parents in the development of their children through parent education and involvement.
  • To design a model environment based on current research.
  • To maintain a safe, healthy and stimulating environment.
  • To foster self-control, self-esteem and a sense of competence in the child.
  • To use professional guidance techniques and act as role models for parents.
  • To facilitate children's physical and emotional development.
  • To enhance the young child's natural creative abilities.
  • To promote children's social skills through child-initiated activities.

Central Campus Lab School Enrollment Criteria

Enrollment is open to San Jacinto College students, faculty/staff/administrators, and families from the community. The adult enrolling the child must be the parent or legal guardian.

Financial Assistance

The primary purpose of the Campus Financial Aid Services Office is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and employment opportunities to qualified students who, without such assistance, would be unable to attend college.

You should contact the Campus Financial Aid Services Office on the campus you will attend for assistance in completing financial aid or scholarship applications and for answers to specific questions about the financial aid process.

Parents who pursue a technical career program at San Jacinto College may also qualify for child care assistance. Contact the Special Populations Coordinator on your campus for applications and guidelines.

Academic majors may qualify for the campus grant for child care assistance. Contact the Counseling Center.

Central Campus Lab School Fee Schedule


Contract Terms (Days)
Fee for Students
Fee for Faculty/Staff/Community
Monday–Friday $175.00 $195.00
Monday–Thursday* $140.00 $156.00
Monday, Wednesday, Friday $105.00 $117.00
Tuesday, Thursday $70.00 $78.00
Daily Rate** $35.00 $39.00

Contract Terms (Days)
Fee for Students
Fee for Faculty/Staff/Community
Monday–Friday $165.00 $185.00
Monday–Thursday* $132.00 $148.00
Monday, Wednesday, Friday $99.00 $111.00
Tuesday, Thursday $66.00 $74.00
Daily Rate** $33.00 $37.00

Contract Terms (Days)
Fee for Students
Fee for Faculty/Staff/Community
Monday–Friday $155.00 $175.00
Monday–Thursday $124.00 $140.00
Monday, Wednesday, Friday $93.00 $105.00
Tuesday, Thursday $62.00 $70.00
Daily Rate** $31.00 $35.00

Children's Center and Child Development Lab School Fee Schedule 

Registration / Supply Fee (Non-Refundable $175 per Child)

Registration/Supply Fee will be prorated after June 1st at a rate of 25% of the initial Registration/Supply Fee. Registration/Supply Fee for additional children in the same family will be $100 per child.

Late Payment Fee:  $10 per week
Late Pick-up Fee:  $20 for 1-5 minutes, $2.00 for each minute thereafter
Contract Change Fee:  $10 Administrative Fee (after term starts)
Extra day attendance**:  Daily rate + $10 administrative fee (**contracted families only)


10% discount on tuition for each additional child in the same family. Discounts will be taken at a lower rate.

*Attendance days are offered during summer I and II only

The North Campus Lab School closed May 31, 2022. The Bezos Academy preschool will be opening in its place in 2022. Learn more at the Bezos Academy or in our news release