Waiting list: FAQ

Q: If my child does not get a space, is the application fee of $100.00 refundable?

A: No, this is a nonrefundable fee.

Q: Can this fee be applied toward registration fee or tuition?

A: No, the waiting list application fee can only be used to place a child on the waiting list. A separate fee will be paid for registration and tuition.

Q: How long do I have to wait for my child to be enrolled at Baby Gator?

A: The wait period will vary between 1 – 3 years, but this depends on several factors:

  • The time of the year that you would like to enroll your child.
  • The age of your child.
  • The children who are on the waiting list ahead of your child, and who are the same age as your child.
  • The parent affiliation with UF as a student, staff and/or faculty.
  • The number of spaces available.

Please contact the Enrollment Coordinator Ethel Rocha ethelrocha@ufl.edu for more information regarding current wait period in a particular age group.

Q: After I apply to the waiting list, can I change the projected start date?

A: Yes, you can contact the Enrollment Coordinator to change the projected start date any time before a space is offered to you.

Q: Can I apply even if I do not have information such as UF ID number, affiliation with UF, address in Gainesville, date of birth, gender and name of my child?

A: Yes, you can apply any time after conception and update this information by contacting the Enrollment Coordinator by email or phone call.

Q: Is there any discount for siblings?

A: No, we do not offer discount for siblings. Siblings pay full tuition as well as the waiting list application fee. However,  siblings of enrolled children are given priority on the waiting list.

Q: How soon will I know if my child has a spot?

A: Baby Gator parents are required to give two weeks’ notice of withdrawal. As soon as this withdrawal notice is received, currently enrolled children will transition to the next age group, and the open space in a particular age will be offered to the next family on the waiting list within the same age group. Parents can check with the enrollment coordinator via email anytime for an update, including what number your child is on the waiting list.

Q: Is it guaranteed that I will receive a space by the date indicated on my waiting list application?

A: No. A space is not guaranteed by the date listed on the waiting list application. Enrollment depends on several factors, as outlined above.

Q: Do I have to re-apply for the waiting list if I decline the space?

A: If a space is declined once, the child will stay on the waiting list (according to the date the space was declined), parents can change the projected start date, but the space will not be guaranteed. If the space offered is declined for the second time, the child’s name will be removed from the waiting list, and parents will have to re-apply by paying the non-refundable application fee of $100.00 to remain on the waiting list, and will be placed according to the date the new application fee was received.