Information about Policies for the IDP program including tuition and guidelines

Fee Policy


IDP is open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children cannot be accommodated before or after operating hours. IDP is closed at the following times:

  • University administrative holidays and UCLA closure days
  • Three professional development days including one conference per year
  • for one-two staff planning days each quarter
  • for one day in the fall for incoming ADP student orientation

Tuition is an annual fee that is divided into 12 payments for your convenience. No tuition reductions are made because of these holidays.


Fees as of July 1, 2023:

 Hours of enrollment7/1/23-6/30/24
Full-time5 days/wk (M-F)$2413.00/month
Part-time3 days/wk (M,W,F)$1691.00/month
Part-time2 days/wk (T,TH)$1333.00/month

While every effort is made to keep tuition at a reasonable level, parents should expect an annual increase each July.

Financial Assistance

The Megan E. Daly Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the IDP Advisory Committee to a family who demonstrates financial hardship. The recipient of this scholarship is selected by the committee and receives an award that is applied directly towards tuition at the IDP.

Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee of $200 is due at the time of enrollment.


A deposit equal to one month’s fee is required at the time of enrollment, prior to beginning the program. Parents are required to give 45 days written notice when they intend to leave the program. The deposit then serves as the last month’s payment. If parents cannot give the full 45 days’ notice, the deposit may be refunded in part if the child’s place can be filled within the 45 days.

Absences and Refunds

IDP operates year-round, and monthly fees must be paid regularly even if absences (due to illness, holidays, or family vacations) occur. Children cannot substitute different days or times to make up for times missed and children cannot be substituted for one another.


The first month’s payment is due at the time of enrollment, prior to beginning in the program. Subsequently, payment is due on the first of each month.

All checks or money orders should be made payable to “UC Regents”. Any check returned by the bank will result in a $10 surcharge.

Late Fees: Tuition

Tuition that is received after the 5th of each month will incur a late fee of $50. Late fees are due at the time tuition is paid; until the balance is paid in full the account is considered overdue, and late fees will continue to accrue.

Failure to pay tuition by the 15th of the month will be considered a sign of intent to terminate and should be discussed with the Director.

Late Fees: Pick-up

IDP’s operating hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm. Parents are requested to pick up their children promptly by 5:30pm as children cannot be accommodated after closing.

Late arrivals are charged $15 for each 15 minutes or fraction thereof.  Late pick-up fees are payable at the time of pick-up, in cash, to the closing staff member; parents will be asked to sign a late pick-up slip.

Because there are no provisions for keeping a child after closing hours, consistent lateness will be cause to ask a parent to withdraw his/her child from IDP.

Drop-In Care

Drop-in care is available to children currently enrolled at IDP when space permits. The rate for drop-in care is $12.00/hour. Advance notice is required.

UCLA Affiliation

IDP parents must be able to demonstrate that they are able to make at least a one-year commitment to the IDP from the time that the child is enrolled. The parent must show that he/she is able to (and reasonably expects to) maintain the affiliation that made it possible for his/her child to be admitted to the IDP. Parents will be required to provide verification of that affiliation annually.

Guidelines & Procedures for Selecting Participant

General Guidelines

The Infant Development Program serves the functions of a research and teaching facility. The success of the program depends, in large part, on the parents and infants who participate. The goals of the program require:

  1. Parents who are sympathetic and supportive of the research and teaching activities of the IDP. Parents must understand that teaching and research are integral to this program.
  2. Parents who can participate actively in the program. Both teaching and research will be enhanced by frequent contact between parents and children in IDP. As a result, the proximity of the parents’ work place to IDP is essential. Such accessibility will be a criterion in selecting participants in IDP.
  3. The stability of the cohort of children in the program is important. IDP will be operated on a year-round basis, and it is assumed that children accepted to IDP will participate for at least a year.
  4. A balance will be maintained in the age and gender mix of children in the center. Ethnic diversity is seen as desirable. To increase the total number of children participating in IDP, both full-time and part-time care will be available.

Specific Criteria for Selection

Please see our Waitlist Priorities for a description of our specific criteria for selection.

Selection Procedures

Prospective parents will attend a tour session, during which information will be given about the IDP program. Advance sign-up is required. After the tour, interested families will complete an online application form asking detailed questions about their child and their childcare needs.

When an opening becomes available, eligible parents will be identified from the application records. The selection of the parents/children will be made by the Director in consultation with the Advisory Committee. Selection will be based on the Guidelines and Criteria listed above. Appeals or complaints about the selection process may be addressed to the Advisory Committee.

When a child is admitted to IDP, parents will be provided with additional material about the program, and will be asked for additional information about the social and health history of their child. Parents will be required to have a T.B. test and to provide medical information that seems relevant to the welfare of the children in the program.