The Early Childhood Center Program, Schedules, and Tuition

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 master 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.

Class Schedules and Tuition 2015-2016

The ECC provides a varied pattern of morning and afternoon classes. Younger children attend two or three half-days per week, and older children attend five times per week.

Classes are in session from early September to mid-May, in accordance with the College calendar. A separate summer session is also offered. The ECC is closed during College breaks. Learn more about how to apply»

“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.
9–11 a.m. or 1–3 p.m.

“Threes” Morning Class (Two Days)
9–11:30 a.m.

“Threes” Morning Class (Three Days)
9–11:30 a.m.

“Threes”/“Fours” Afternoon 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 Class
Monday through Friday
9–11:55 a.m. or 1–3:55 p.m.

“Fives”/“Sixes” Class
Monday through Friday
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
School year will extend into June

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“It's truly amazing to see his face light up with excitement and pride at the mention of his school. In addition to providing a beautiful space for children to discover and learn, the ECC allows children to be fearless in their quest for knowledge. We feel very lucky and proud to be a part of the ECC community of friends.”

–Eira and Gino Flores, ECC Parents

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