***As of May 2023, we are accepting applications for the 4-year-old Preschool and Kindergarten.***


Enrollment: Infants – Preschool

Enrollment in the SEEC program is based upon an annual random number drawing lottery process that includes consideration of factors such as parents’ place of employment, child’s birth date, and sibling status. Smithsonian employees get priority for all open spaces at SEEC. Each March, enrollment is determined for the upcoming fall through the lottery process. If a vacancy occurs during the year, a child will be selected from the remaining applicants according to the same lottery results, but always giving priority to Smithsonian staff members.

All applications should be returned to SEEC along with the application fee (based on a sliding scale). The application fee is based on a sliding scale ($15 – $50). A nominal fee is charged to reapply each year. Application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MARCH 1st each year to be included in the lottery, for all ages, including infants. 

Download Initial Enrollment Application

Pay SEEC Initial Enrollment Application Fee

Kindergarten Enrollment

All applicants must submit a SEEC Kindergarten Registration Application to be eligible for enrollment. A $75 application fee is required. Applications are due by March 1st. Offers for space in the Kindergarten will be extended following the lottery in March. Parent responses are due by March 15th. A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be due to guarantee a child’s enrollment. A second non-refundable deposit of $500 will be due by June 1st for all children except those currently enrolled in SEEC. Currently enrolled families at SEEC will have their current student deposit held to cover the second half of the deposit.

Download Kindergarten Enrollment Application

Pay SEEC Kindergarten Enrollment Application Fee

For questions concerning enrollment, please email seec-enrollment@si.edu.