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    Pre-registration is now open for the 2020-21 school year!


    Please click on this link to apply for the 2020-21 lottery


    Eligible children must be 3 years old by December 1, 2020 and fully potty trained by the first day of school. 


    Please plan to attend one of our tours, dates listed to the right, prior to applying so that you know that our program will be a good fit for you and your child.


    The lottery process will be as follows:


    1. December Full-Fee Lottery: Applications received by midnight on December 8, 2019 will be included in the Round 1 lottery which will only include applicants who live within Menlo Park City School District boundaries, work for MPCSD or are current ELC students and their siblings. These applicants will be notified of their lottery status in late December and will be asked to enroll by mid-January to secure a space for the 2020-21 school year.


    2. February Full-Fee Lottery: Applications received before February 20, 2020 will be included in a second lottery on February 28 if there are still spaces available after the first lottery is concluded.


    3. Any spaces still available after the second lottery will be offered on a first come, first served basis and confirmed once all required paperwork and deposit are submitted.


    Tuition Assistance Lottery: The lottery for students requesting tuition assistance will be conducted January 31, 2020. Deadline for applications is January 27th. 


    2020-21 Enrollment Priorities


    • Priority 1 –Current ELC students and their siblings


    • Priority 2 - MPCSD Residents and children eligible for the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program who qualify for an Early Learning Center scholarship and whose siblings attend MPCSD schools


    • Priority 3 - MPCSD Staff (children of ELC staff will receive first priority among staff)


    • Priority 4 - Community - Children who live outside of the MPCSD boundaries


    • Priority 5- Children whose families apply after December 7, 2019


    Classroom offerings for 2020-21:


    ELC Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton


    • 2 Full-Day classroom open 7:30-5:30 
    • 1 Part-Day classroom open 8:30-12:30 with an option for early care for 7:30-8:30


    ELC Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park


    • 1 Full day classroom open from 7:30-5:30  (minimum day 1st Thursday per month)


    2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR


    Please contact us at 650-463-1236 if you are interested in a space for your 3- 5 year old child during the 2019-20 school year. Most spaces are full, but openings do occur. Children must be fully potty trained and 3 years old by December 1, 2019.





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.



  • Applicants are highly encouraged to attend an ELC tour to ensure that our program is a good fit for your family before applying for the lottery.


    If you plan to attend a tour, please RSVP here so that we can let you know if we have to reschedule. RSVP is requested but not required. 


    Tours will be held on the following dates:


    Laurel Site - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton

    Tours are 9:00-10:00 a.m. Meet at the flagpole.

    Friday March 6, 2020


    Oak Knoll Site - 1895 Oak Knoll Rd. Menlo Park

    Tours will be held from 9:00-10:00. Meet in front of the school office. 



    January 31, 2020 

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