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College for Kids

College for Kids (CFK) program was started in 1984 and is sponsored by the Community Education Department to make available educational opportunities to the youth of our communities. Our goal is to give children in the area an enjoyable and challenging learning experience and to develop a hunger and thirst for knowledge and learning experiences at an early age.  Classes are offered year-round and include youth dance, science, cooking, art, language, and more. Grades are not given. The program does not provide high school or college credit.  


The program is self-supporting and does not receive financial support from taxpayer-generated funds.  All of the classes are fee-based (fees vary), and registration must be completed in person at Community Education (Bldg. S) on the AHC Santa Maria campus.

Registration Information

  • Pre-registration is required!  Register in person by completing and submitting the 
    Fee-Based/College for Kids Registration Form. Submit the form along with the class enrollment and material fee(s); use only one form per each student (the form may be duplicated). Registrations are processed in the order they are received in the Community Education office on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Parents are not allowed to sit in or audit classes without prior permission of the instructor. 
  • Your child's safety is important to us. Therefore, we do not provide enrollment or registration information on any of the CFK students via the phone. In order to verify parent or guardianship status, these inquiries must be done in person.

Refunds and Cancellations

  • Refund Policy for Fee-Based classes: Community Education does not provide student refunds for fee-based classes once the class starts. It is the student's responsibility to drop the class one day before the class starts in order to request a refund. No refunds are provided once the class starts or ends.
  • If we cancel a class before the first session, a full credit will reflect on your account.
  • If you drop a class before the first class meeting, you are entitled to a refund only if you request a refund. (See How Do I Receive My Refund instructions.)  You will receive a full refund of your class fee and materials fees. Exceptions to the deadline may be allowed for extenuating circumstances occurring before the first day of class. To petition for an exception for a refund after class starts, please submit a letter of appeal and appropriate documentation to the Community Education office. No refunds will be granted for classes that you drop after the first day of class. 

How do I receive my refund? 

  • To obtain a refund, please complete the Refund Request form at the Community Education office (bldg. S) within the established guidelines mentioned above. 

Classroom Behavior

  • Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which will facilitate instruction and the learning process.  Disruptive students will be dismissed from the program.  No refunds will be given. 


  • The age requirements for each course vary from 4 to 18 years.  Please read the schedule carefully to ensure the student's age falls within the age boundaries listed.  All classes are coed unless noted otherwise. 

Days, Times, and Holidays

  • Classes meet Monday through Saturday at varying times and start on varying dates.
  • Please read the class schedule carefully. Classes start throughout the semester. 

Special Needs Students

  • Allan Hancock College is committed to offering assistance to children with special educational needs who want to enroll in the College for Kids program.  Please call Community Education Dept. at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3209 to discuss needs at least 14 days prior to the class start date. 

Injury/Accident Disclaimer

  • Students enrolled in the college's noncredit and fee-based programs must be aware that some classes/activities have an inherent potential risk of injury.
  • Participation in these classes is voluntary and you assume the risk of injury and responsibility for any risks that may be associated with the activities.
  • Further, be advised that noncredit and fee-based students are not required to pay a health fee, and therefore do not have coverage under the college accident insurance policy for injuries that result from participating in the noncredit and fee-based programs. 


  • Transportation to and from the college and field trip locations are the responsibility of the parents.  Allan Hancock College is not responsible for students' actions while not in class. 
  • Parents should walk their children to and from each class.  Parents should pick up children at the college in a timely manner. 
  • If a child remains more than 15 minutes after a class, the instructor will take the student to the Community Education office, bldg. S, or Campus Police and a parent or guardian will be called.