The Early Childhood Center: Preschool and Kindergarten
Grounded in a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children ages two through six, the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College is a preschool and kindergarten for children ages two through six and an observation and research setting for Sarah Lawrence College students interested in child development and teaching. The preschool and kindergarten programs at the Early Childhood Center are modeled as extensions of the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy, with an underlying belief that children are the makers of their own meaning.
Register Now for 2015-2016
We are now accepting registrations for preschool and kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Learn more about applying»
Sarah Lawrence College has been named a recipient of the Child Care Council of Westchester's 2015 Champions for Children Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to bright futures for children by creating or funding life-changing programs and initiatives. Sarah Lawrence is being recognized for providing quality early care and education through the Early Childhood Center and the Child Development Institute, and for preparing the early education workforce through the Art of Teaching and Child Development graduate degree programs.
"Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose"
Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood recently released a new report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose." The report addresses such topics as developmental readiness to read in kindergarten, lack of research showing long term gains from early reading, developmental gains from play-based programs, the importance of language-rich environments, best practices for children to become fluent readers, and policy and practice recommendations.
What Parents Are Saying About SLC's Preschool and Kindergarten
"Besides valuing our children as independent thinkers, creators, and makers of meaning; besides providing opportunities for everyone's voice to be heard; besides everything we hold dear, there is something else about the Early Childhood Center. When you walk into the ECC, whether it be your first time or your 100th, you can feel the building's arms embrace you. Not only is that something needed by our children, but it has proven to be so important to us as parents."
–Laurie Scagnelli, ECC Parent
CDI Hosts Virtual Teacher Dialogue with Educators from Tanzania
After months of dialogue and sharing of early childhood preschool and kindergarten footage between the Early Childhood Center (ECC) and the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children (JBFC), CDI hosted a video call between ECC and JBFC teachers who met for the first time virtually. During the call, teachers shared their reactions, thoughts, and questions after seeing each other's preschool and kindergarten footage. Learn more»
TEDxSLC Talk: Sarah Curtis MA '13
Sarah Curtis MA '13, a teacher and graduate of the Child Development graduate program, attended the ECC preschool and kindergarten when she was a child. The experience of growing up lies at the heart of her interests and endeavors, which include poetry, performing arts, and anything that informs her development as a teacher. Watch a TEDx Talk from Sarah entitled, "Cute is a Four-Letter Word."
Why the Early Childhood Center?
- High adult-to-child ratio
- Progressive education led by teachers knowledgeable in child development and early childhood education
- Rich on-campus opportunities for learning and play
- A.M. and P.M. preschool and kindergarten options
- Named “A Model Preschool” in Child Magazine’s “Best in Children’s Education” issue
ECC Art Archive
The ECC Preschool and Kindergarten Art Archive was conceived as a tool for viewing the artwork of young children at different developmental stages. All the artwork displayed in the archive was created by children ages two through seven at the Early Childhood Center, where artwork is essential curriculum.