AUCP Admissions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AUCP will be closed for the Fall 2020 semester. The Unitarian Universalist Association has closed its congregations nationwide until further notice and as a result, our classrooms are unavailable. AUCP will remain closed until the church facilities reopen and we feel we can provide a safe and enriching experience for our children and families. We are saddened to close our beloved preschool, but believe that is in the best interest of our children and the school community.

We will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and work with both state and local licensing representatives, as well as church officials to reopen as soon as we can safely do so. If you would like to apply for acceptance once AUCP reopens, please email

AUCP accepts children ages six months (six weeks if sibling enters the program) to five years of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin.

“I believe I am a better parent because I am surrounded by people who know my child and who have been a wonderful source of information, suggestions, and reassurance.”
– AUCP parent


Admissions Policies

AUCP is open to applicants of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin. AUCP conducts a lottery each year to fill any openings and does not carry a waitlist over from year to year (although some priority is given to those who were on the  waitlist in the prior year). There are priority groups within our lottery system, as listed below. After the application deadline, applicants will receive notification of their admission or place on the waitlist.

Admission Priority Groups:

  1. Children of AUCP faculty1 and current students returning to the same class2
  2. Current students
  3. Siblings of current students
  4. Former students and their siblings3
  5. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington pledging members and friends4
  6. Applicants from the previous year’s waitlist5
    • 1 Faculty members only have priority in enrolling their Panda-age children in one day more than the number of days they are teaching. Requests for additional days will be considered only after the requests of children in groups 2–4 have been met.
    • 2 Current students returning to the Panda class will be given priority for up to two Panda days. However, these students may not enroll in a third Panda class until all applicants from groups 3 and 4 have been offered up to two Panda spots.
    • 3 Former students must have completed 1 full school year to be eligible for this priority
    • 4 “Members/Friends of UUCA” must have been pledging members/friends for at least one year prior to the UUCA application deadline. Status is subject to confirmation by UUCA and its requirements. Only the status of an applicant’s parent/legal guardian is applicable for this priority (i.e., the status of grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. does not impact the applicants priority).
    • 5 Students from the prior year waiting list (who applied by September 30th) will be given priority but must submit a new application and fee.

After the application deadline, new applications will be considered in the order in which they are received, except those of siblings of enrolled students, which will continue to receive priority.