The Early Childhood Center At a Glance


The Early Childhood Center is a preschool and kindergarten located on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College in the City of Yonkers, bordering the Village of Bronxville, just north of New York City. The Center is easily accessible to families in neighboring towns including Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, Riverdale, the River Towns, and the Upper West Side.

Leadership & Teachers

In addition to the director, the Early Childhood Center has a staff of six lead teachers, who teach in our preschool and kindergarten classes. Learn more about our staff

Fieldwork & Laboratory Environment

Fieldwork is a central feature of undergraduate psychology classes, as well as graduate work in the Art of Teaching and Child Development programs. More than 75 College students work at the ECC throughout the school year, under the guidance of the director and lead teachers. As participant observers, students blend into the daily life of the classroom, providing valuable assistance.

Adult to Child Ratio

The ECC boasts a staff of professional teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate student assistants and observers, the adult to child ratio is very high. For example, in a classroom with 14 children, there are often as many as five adults.

Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

Below is an overview of the programs offered at the Early Childhood Center. For complete information, please visit the Program and Schedules page.

2015/2016 Tuition Rates

  • “Twos” Class and Parent Discussion Group Morning and Afternoon Classes
    “Twos” and Parent Discussion Group builds gradually to two hours and requires a parent's attendance along with the child for the entire school year. The separation process is nurtured throughout the year for both parent and child. Siblings are not permitted.
    911 a.m. or 1–3 p.m.
  • “Threes” Morning Preschool Class
    9–11:30 a.m.
  • “Threes” Morning Preschool Classes
    9–11:30 a.m.
  • “Threes”/“Fours” Afternoon Preschool Class
    Monday through Friday
    1–3:55 p.m.
  • “Fours” Morning Class
    Monday through Friday
    9–11:55 a.m.
  • “Fours”/“Fives” Morning or Afternoon Preschool Classes
    Monday through Friday
    9–11:55 a.m. or 1–3:55 p.m.
  • “Fives”/“Sixes” Kindergarten/First Grade Class
    Monday through Friday
    9 a.m.–2 p.m.
    School year will extend into June


Thanks to the Center for Family Development Fund, the Jane Judge Scholarship Fund, and the Kate Welling Memorial Fund, some scholarship funds are available to ECC families.

Reading at ECC

Why ECC?

“We have a school bag from the Early Childhood Center that says: “Two Houses, One Home.” That is what the Early Childhood Center has always felt like: Home. We joined the ECC family in 2007 when my oldest was two, and came back last year when my youngest turned two. Every chance I get, I tell Lorayne that I wish we were able to stay for the long haul!  ECC’s child centered approach has instilled a rock-solid enthusiasm for school and learning. My oldest is now in 4th grade. The ECC left an indelible footprint, and her time there is the benchmark she uses to evaluate all things. Few things measure up. The loving faculty allow the children to just be children, all the while learning and growing both academically and emotionally. The loving staff values what is best for each individual child. At any given time, if you peek in a classroom at ECC there is quite a lot going on from snow and penguins in the water table, to the construction of a towering skyscraper, or making pancakes from scratch! Theirs is not a cookie cutter approach. ECC is a rare jewel in the changing landscape of early childhood learning, whereof late play is being replaced with worksheets.  ECC takes play very, very seriously! The children are given the space and opportunity to be children and learn in developmentally appropriate ways. It is impossible to express all that ECC has meant to our family. I feel lucky to have been able to start their educational careers at ECC. It has been a truly amazing experience, to watch their curiosity nurtured and to know that their first experiences with school have been happy and fun.”

–Kamili Bell Hill, ECC Parent