Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center emphasizes the cognitive-discovery philosophy of education which is based on learning thorough play.

Recognizing the importance of interactive learning, the program balances teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. A rich environment provides many opportunities for children to learn by doing. The needs of each child are met by providing experiences that match his or her developmental abilities while challenging and stimulating the child's interest and understanding.

The safe, nurturing environment of the ELC promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child."


Our Toddler Program seeks to enhance the rapid changes that occur in a two-year-old’s brain development through purposeful play. Staffed by two lead teachers and two full-time assistants (a ratio of 5:1), the day is designed around flexible routines that reinforce patterns and activities. Our teachers focus one-on-one with children repeatedly throughout the day, encouraging them in activities specifically geared to their cognitive and manipulative abilities. Teachers consciously use their interactions with the children as opportunities to develop and reinforce language and literacy skills as well as numerical reasoning. More Information »

Pre-K3, Pre-K4 & Kindergarten

The Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs emphasize learning through play based on the cognitive-discovery philosophy of education. Each class is staffed by a lead teacher and a full-time assistant who oversee programs that balance teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. The environment is language-rich and our classrooms are multi-themed. An array of manipulatives inspires children to be creative, to develop eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills and to learn by doing. We consider our learning tools to be conduits for creativity, enabling each child to extrapolate information and solve problems in his or her individual way. More Information »

1st Grade

A more formal approach takes hold in 1st Grade as children adapt to assigned seating in the classroom and their learning is drawn more consistently from textbooks and literature series. As word recognition becomes more automatic, children become challenged in the higher-level processes of comprehension.

Math begins emphasizing number patterns, grids, money combinations and outcomes. First graders eventually work in exploring capacity, symmetry and fractions. More Information »

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