San Marcos Site

Services are available to:

  • Children of Palomar College Students
  • Children of Palomar College Faculty and Staff
  • Children of Community Families (Anyone living within the surrounding area)

The San Marcos Early Childhood Education Lab School (ECELS) is open year-round, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (hours are subject to change).  We moved to our new site on the San Marcos campus in March 2016, and we are located off Borden Road, just past the soccer field, adjacent to Parking Lot 9. Click here for photos or more information. The school serves children who are 6 months old to 5 years old, and we are now offering an Infant Program!

Now accepting Waiting List Applications. All families must complete the application, as submitting an application places your child or children on the waiting list. Incomplete applications will not be processed, so please answer all required fields.

Funding/ subsidized services are offered for Palomar College students/ community families who qualify.

Fees and Enrollment Schedules

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Fee Schedule 2023-24

Requests for a schedule other than those listed will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  While we will do our best to accommodate families, consideration must also be given to our program goal of full enrollment.  If a special request is granted that later prevents us from enrolling a new family, a two-week notice will be given alerting the family that a schedule change will be required.


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2023-24 ECELS San Marcos Calendar


At the time of enrollment, we must have your child’s up-to-date immunization record. The ECELS follows the immunization requirements that are made by the County of San Diego and the State of California. As of January 1, 2016, a new law is in effect. Please see the documents below for more information on immunization requirements and the law.  Immunization requirements must be met before a child can begin, so please set your child’s start date with this in mind. The start date on the contract is the date that fees will begin to be incurred; therefore it is in the parent’s best interest to ensure that immunization requirements have been fully met before committing to a start date.

Parents’ Guide to Immunizations Provides parents with information on the requirements for immunizations.  Also explains the new laws regarding exemptions.

Immunization Requirements Although designed to assist childcare providers, this document provides additional information on the requirements, specifically regarding when missing doses can be given.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015 (Spanish Translation)

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3) correo electrónico:

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades

The Early Childhood Education Lab School is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, giving equal treatment and access to services, without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, or ancestry.

The School policy states, “Program services and activities for enrolled families shall refrain from religious instruction, worship or practices.”

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Palomar Community College District Early Childhood Education Lab School welcomes the enrollment of children with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation whenever possible to aid access to and participation in services programs, facilities, and activities.

Early Childhood Education Lab School
San Marcos Campus
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 Ext. 2575