Program, Schedules and Tuition:
The Early Childhood Center




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The Early Childhood Center (ECC) was founded on the ideals of progressive education, which is based on the centrality of direct experience in learning; the view of the child as the center of the educational experience; and the making of meaning and construction of knowledge through experience and reflection, as both the goal and the means of education.

Class Curriculum

  • The curriculum emphasizes language and arts, and evolves according to the children's interests.
  • Children work with blocks, art materials, sand, water, puzzles, and dramatic play material.
  • There are opportunities daily to work alone, in small groups, and as members of the whole group.

Class Structure

  • Each class is taught by a lead teacher, a graduate assistant teacher, and several student assistants.
  • The teachers, the director, and a psychology consultant are available for conversation and consultation throughout the year. Fall and spring parent-teacher conferences are also formally scheduled.
  • A member of each family (usually a parent) stays at the ECC when the child first attends school, leaving gradually when parent and teacher decide the time has come for separation. The ECC recognizes that separation is difficult and work hard to make the best decisions for each individual child.

2022-2023 Class Schedules & Tuition

The ECC provides a variety of morning classes. Younger children attend two or three half-days per week while older children attend five times per week. Preschool classes are in session from early September to mid-May,  in accordance with the College calendar. The Five/Sixes class extends into early June. Please note that the ECC is closed during College breaks. 

Limited financial aid is available. To learn more, please reach out to our office.

Twos and Parents Program

The Twos and Parent Program is designed, in part, to facilitate a child's separation from the parent and builds gradually to two hours, twice a week. A parent's attendance is required with the child for the entire school year; caregivers cannot attend in place of the parent. Parents begin in the classroom and gradually transition into an adjoining room, where parenting discussions occur, often facilitated by the lead teacher.  Regretfully, infant siblings cannot accompany the parent.

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
  • $4,555

Threes Morning Class (Two Days)

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays
  • 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • $4,590

Threes Morning Class (Three Days)

  • Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays
  • 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • $5,670

Threes Afternoon Class (Three Days)

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • 1:00 – 3:25 p.m.
  • $5,670

Fours Morning Class

  • Monday through Friday
  • 9:00 - 11:55 a.m.
  • $8,480

Fours/Fives Morning Class

  • Monday through Friday
  • 9:00 – 11:55 a.m.
  • $8,480

Fives/Sixes Class

  • Monday through Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • $12,320
  • School year will extend into June