Early Learning Center


Early Learning Center News



    The 2022-23 School Year Application will be Available Here in

    November 2021


    Please visit us here in November to apply for the 2022-23 school year lottery!


    Due to COVID, we are not currently offering in-person tours of our classrooms,  however, we will offer virtual information sessions starting in mid-October.



    Although we can't give in-person tours, please view the following resources to get a feel for our program and philosophy:


    • 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


    Apply Here for the 2021-22 School Year 


    We currently have a few spaces available for our full-fee program. Please contact us if you are interested and we can provide more information based on your interests. All tuition asisstance and state preschool spaces are full. 


    Eligible children 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 now 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.



    Los niños elegibles tendrán 3 años para el 1 de diciembre de 2021 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 2021-22 School Year 


    2021-22 ELC Instructional Calendar


    MPCSD School Safety Plan (with COVID guidelines)


    San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework



    These data are reported monthly and will be updated by Tuesday for the previous week. 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. This data is 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
    7/13/20-8/8/20 0 0 NA
    8/23/20-12/4/20 0 0 NA
    12/7/20-12/11/20 1 1 1/5/2021
    12/14/20-12/18/20 0 0 NA
    12/21/20-12/25/20 0 0 NA
    12/28/20-1/1/21 1 0 NA
    1/4/21-1/8/21 1 1 1/11/21
    1/11/21-1/15/21 0 0 NA
    1/18/21-1/22/21 0 0 NA
    1/25/21-1/29/21 1 1 2/12/21
    February 1 -July 30, 2021 0 0 NA


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