Early Learning Center


Early Learning Center News



    The Application for the 2022-23 School Year (next year) is Now Available Here


    Tour dates listed under "Announcements" to the right


    Eligibility Requirements


    • Children must be 3 years old by September 1st (previously December 1st) of the school year
    • Children must be fully potty-trained by the first day of school


    2022-23 ELC Lottery Timeline

    (Updated as of 1/11/22)


    • November 1, 2021 - Application available
    • January 2, 2022 - Applications due by midnight
    • UPDATED January 28, 2022 - ELC informs families if a space is available 
    • UPDATED February 14, 2022 - Families confirm enrollment with a non-refundable deposit
    • Any spaces still available after the lottery will be offered on a rolling basis


    Proposed schedules for 2022-23 are (times are subject to change based on district school schedules):


    * Part-Day - 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    * School-Day - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    * Full-Day - 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


    In addition to school tours (dates and times in Announcements, to the right), there are several resources you can access for more information about our program:


    • The Early Learning Center Video, made in recognition of the Russel J. Kent Award we received in 2020-21
    • Many photos of our program on here
    • Examples of teacher's weekly communications to parents with lots more photos of our program here
    • Our annual 2020-21 presentation to the MPCSD school board
    • Hillview Middle School students' 2.5 minute video of an ELC classroom at Oak Knoll in 2019-20 here





    To apply for the waitlist for the 2021-22 (current) school year, please contact us at earlylearning@mpcsd.org or 650-463-1236 ext 0.


    Eligible children for the 2021-22 school year must be 3 years old by December 1, 2021 and fully potty trained by the first day of school.


    Children eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (born between September 1- December 1) are welcome to attend the ELC. 


    The 2021-22 ELC Instructional Calendar is available here.




    La solicitud del año escolar 2022-23

    estará disponible aquí en noviembre de 2021


    ¡Visítenos aquí en noviembre para solicitar la lotería del año escolar 2022-23!


    Debido a COVID, actualmente no ofrecemos recorridos en persona de nuestras aulas, sin embargo, ofreceremos sesiones de información virtual a partir de mediados de octubre.



    Aunque no podemos ofrecer recorridos en persona, consulte los siguientes recursos para familiarizarse con nuestro programa y nuestra filosofía:

    • El Early Learning Center Video, realizado en reconocimiento al premio Russel J. Kent que recibimos en 2020-21
    • Muchas fotos de nuestro programa en esta page of our website.
    • En caso de que se los haya perdido, esta es la presentación de diapositivas para los recorridos virtuales para padres.
    • Ejemplos de comunicaciones semanales de los maestros a los padres con muchas más fotos de nuestro programa aqui.
    • Nuestra presentación anual a la junta escolar del MPCSD.
    • Video de 2.5 minutos de los estudiantes de Hillview Middle School de un salón de clases de ELC en Oak Knoll en 2019-20 aqui.



    Si esta intersado para este ano del 2021-22 porfavor mande un correo elecronico a earlylearning@mpcsd.org or llamanos a 650-463-1236 ext 0.
    Los niños elegibles tendrán 3 años para el 1 de Sieptembre de 2022 y serán entrenados para ir al baño el primer día de clases.
    Los ninos elegibales para el TK/jardin de infancia de transicion (nacidos entre el 1 de septiembre y el 1 de diciembre) son bienvenidos al ELC.



    Our in-person classrooms are located on two campuses:


    ELC Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton


    ELC Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park



Welcome to ELC!

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    Engaging children through play, experimentation, friendship and perseverance to light the fire of lifelong learning.


    The Menlo Park City School District’s Early Learning Center nurtures young children’s curiosity, sense of wonder, belonging, and deep engagement with the world around them, preparing them to develop the critical skills needed to enter kindergarten and reach their full potential.


    Our caring and knowledgeable teachers support the development of friendships, foster positive conflict resolution skills, and ensure that children have a sense of belonging and feel safe and valued for their unique gifts.


Quick Links


    Application for the 2022-23 School Year (next year)


    2021-22 ELC Instructional Calendar (this year)


    MPCSD School Safety Plan (with COVID guidelines)


    San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework



    These data are reported regularly. Positive Covid cases are reported to San Mateo County Health, per the county's Pandemic Recovery Framework (PRF). Case notifications are provided to the appropriate cohorts and school communities. No identifying details about individuals reporting cases will be provided to the public. These data are being reported beginning the week of July 13, 2020, the week that ELC returned to in-person learning.


    Dates # of students/staff reporting a positive Covid case # of cohorts moved to distance learning Date cohort(s) return to campus
    7/13/20-12/4/20 0 0 NA
    12/7/20-12/11/20 1 1 1/5/2021
    12/28/20-1/1/21 1 0 NA
    1/4/21-1/8/21 1 1 1/11/21
    1/25/21-1/29/21 1 1 2/12/21
    9/1/21-9/8/21 1 0 NA
    9/20/21-9/24/21 1 0 NA
    1/10/21-1/14/21 4 0 NA



  • School Tours!

    We will be offering in-person tours of our the Early Learning center at our Laurel and Oak Knoll campuses to fully vaccinated, masked adults. Visitors must show proof of vaccination to attend the tour. If it is raining more than a sprinkle, we will cancel the tour and you can attend a future date. 


    Tour Dates


    Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton - Meet at school's flagpole, to the right of the school office


    October 27th at 4:30 

    November 9th at 5:00

    November 29th at 4:00

    December 15th at 4:00

    January 12th at 4:30

    January 20th at 5:00

    January 26th at 4:00


    Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park - Meet at the school's flagpole, outside of the office


    November 3rd at 4:30

    November 16th at 5:00

    December 8th at 5:00

    January 5th at 4:00

    January 18th at 5:00

    January 24th at 4:30

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  • For the current school year, you can find information about hours and tuition at this link.

    (Please note, hours and tuition will change for 2022-23 school year). 

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  • For hot lunch information please visit these links.

    The Lunchmaster

    Free and Reduced Lunch Programs




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