Carnegie Mellon University

Enrollment Process

The Cyert Center for Early Education serves the children of university faculty, staff and students. The center provides service in two locations: Morewood Avenue, which is located on campus, and Penn Avenue, which is approximately 2.5 miles from main campus. Children range in age from three months to kindergarten. Classrooms are aligned around six primary age groups at the start of the program year: Infant (12 weeks – 12 months), Young Toddler (12 – 24 months), Older Toddler (24 – 36 months), Preschool 1 (3 – 4 years), Preschool 2 (4 – 5 years), and PreK- Kindergarten (4 years, 6 months – 6 years).

The program runs year-round from August to August, with children remaining in one classroom for the entire year. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Families are required to commit to a full year of care through the execution of an annual enrollment contract. Tuition for each program year is based on a monthly fee; view the 2023–24 tuition rates [pdf]A Sliding Scale Benefit, which may provide a reduction in the tuition rate, is available to those who qualify.

To Apply

  1. Complete the center application either electronically or via a paper form [docx].
  2. A non-refundable $50 application fee is due with the application.
  3. Submit paper forms and all non-refundable application fees to:
    1. Morewood location: 1060 Morewood Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or
    2. Penn Avenue location: 6555 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  4. Applications are not considered complete until the application fee is received. When the application and fee are received, you will receive an email confirming the date of application and the child’s placement in the center or placement on the application listing if space is not available.

Please note:

  • Applications and offers of enrollment are subject to the Cyert Center Application and Enrollment Policy and Procedures [pdf]. As space becomes available in the center, the Cyert Enrollment team will contact parents who have applied based on the priorities listed in the document.
  • We recommend applying for a space as soon as the need arises. For those hoping to enroll infants, it is acceptable to submit the application when it has been confirmed that a family is expecting. Families beginning the adoption process are welcome to apply.
  • Questions on applications and enrollment should be directed to the Center Enrollment team by email or telephone at 412-268-2149 (Morewood) or 412-268-1348 (Penn Avenue).