Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to be potty trained to attend CMC?

To enroll in our Children’s House program, your child must be using a toilet independently or you must be ready, as a family, to support your child in becoming toilet independent. We cannot accommodate the use of any diapers, pull-ups, or absorbent training pants among children enrolled in the Children’s House. This includes during our nap and rest time. Our Children’s House program is very supportive of efforts to achieve full toilet independence by both the child and family.


Can my family enroll three children at CMC?

In our founding year, we will have only two Children’s Houses in which children may enroll. Our policy is not to assign family members to the same Children’s House (including adult staff). For this reason, each family may only enroll two children concurrently at CMC at this time. In the future, we hope to expand to offer elementary as well as infant and toddler programs at CMC. Families will always be able to enroll as many children as would be eligible for each of our children’s communities or classrooms. 

We are choosing not to vaccinate our child, do you accept exemptions? 

CMC will only accept the immunization records of children currently following a CDC recommended vaccination schedule or those with certification in writing from a medical professional (as defined on the Child Medical Statement for Child Care JFS 01305) that such a schedule is medically contraindicated.

How much will CMC cost (my family)?

We offer Sliding Scale Fees at CMC. This means that if your family chooses to share their financial situation with us, we will base our fees off of that information. To do this, we use a metric we developed in-house, Adjusted Family Income (AFI) which incorporates your family size, annual income and net assets. Our AFI metric is based off of the four decade long use of a similar metric used in offering sliding scale tuition at Manhattan Country School as well as the eligibility requirements for Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) in the State of Ohio. We are also providers of PFCC and will support families that may qualify for that program in applying for and maintaining this benefit. In addition to Sliding Scale Fees, we also offer flexible scheduling options across our School Year, Extended Care, Summer, and Break Sessions. This means families will only be charged for the care that they schedule. 


The maximum fees for our Partial Day School Year program are $7500; however, families with an AFI just above eligibility for PFCC may pay as little as $70 a week. Our maximum fees for year round, 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM care will be approximately $17,340; however, families with an AFI just above eligibility for PFCC may pay as little as $130 a week for the same schedule.


For these reasons, we cannot share any meaningful single amount that represents the fees your family would be asked to pay. We can offer to estimate your fees on our sliding scale based on your financial circumstances and ideal attendance schedule for your child during your first visit to CMC if you come prepared to share estimates of the following: 

  • Total family income from all sources

  • Total net assets from all sources (all major assets minus all debts or loans)

  • Family size 

  • Ideal schedule for your child(ren) at CMC 


Please keep in mind that any family may waive the disclosure of financial information and calculation of their family’s AFI by agreeing to pay our maximum fees for the schedule in which their child is enrolled. We would be happy to share just the maximum fees for your ideal schedule for your child(ren) during your first visit as well. For more details of our schedule and fee options at CMC, please see our Family Handbook!


5400 Karl Rd.

Columbus, OH


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