Early Learning Center


Early Learning Center News



    Now enrolling for the 2021-22

    school year! 


    Apply here for the 2021-22 school year (starting August 2021)


    A limited number of spaces are still available after the January 2021 lottery and will be offered on a rolling basis and confirmed once required paperwork and deposits are submitted. We currently have a waiting list for scholarship and tuition assistance spaces. 


    Eligible children will 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 but will not be eligible to receive tuition assistance in their last year before kindergarten. 


    Although we can't give in-person tours this year, you can check out the photos on this page of our website. In addition, we have recently added examples of our teacher's weekly communications to parents with lots more photos of our program here and our annual presentation to the MPCSD school board. 


    Virtual Information and Q & A Sessions will be held on these dates


    • Thursday, November 5th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at this Zoom link
    • Thursday November 12th from 12:00-1:00 pm. at this Zoom link
    • Wednesday November 18th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at this  Zoom link
    • Tuesday December 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at this Zoom link
    • Wednesday December 9 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at this Zoom link
    • Tuesday December 15 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at this Zoom link
    • Thursday January 7 from 5:00-6:00 at this Zoom link
    • Friday February 5 from 8:00-9:00 at this Zoom Link
    • Monday February 8 from 4:00-5:00 at this Zoom Link
    • Thursday February 11 from 12:00-1:00 at this Zoom Link
    • Friday February 19 from 10:00-12:00 at this Zoom Link 
    • Tuesday February 23 from 5:00-6:00 at this Zoom link
    • Tuesday March 2 from 1:00-2:00 at this Zoom link


    In case you missed them, this is the slide presentation for the virtual tours. 


    2020-21 school year (the current school year)


    We are currently full for the 2020-21 school year. Please contact us at 650-463-1236 ext 0 if you're interested in being added to our waitlist. 


    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 niños elegibles para el jardín de infantes de transición/TK (nacidos entre el 1 de septiembre y el 1 de diciembre) no serán elegibles para recibir ayuda con la matrícula en su último año antes del transición al jardín de infantes.
    La fecha límite para la primera lotería fue el 11 de enero y los resultados se enviarán a las familias la semana del 25 de enero.



    Our in-person classrooms are located on two campuses and we have  one class online:


    ELC Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton


    ELC Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park


    Distance Learning - Online!

    • See announcements to the right


    Review our COVID-19 Guidelines Here


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 


    Covid-19 Guidelines and Admission Agreements


    2020-21 Calendar, now including 2021 Summer Camp Dates!


    Registration for 2020-21 (to be completed for students offered a space by ELC)  



    These data are reported weekly 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
    2/1/21-2/5/21 0 0 NA
    2/8/21-2/12/21 0 0 NA
    2/15/21-2/19/21 0 0 NA


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    Join the ELC Seagulls Virtual Class for the 2020-21 school year!


    Classes are conducted via Zoom by one of our fully-qualifed lead teachers Monday-Friday at a cost of $100 a week and include a 45 minute circle time and activity time and 1:1 virtual visits twice a week with one of our teachers. Art supply packets are provided with materials to be used during distance learning activities.


    Curriculum themes follow the outline of our in-person classes, for example, when we studied the oceans, we asked children:


    • What do we know about the ocean and what would we like to learn?
    • What kinds of plants and animals live in the ocean?
    • How can we keep the oceans clean and healthy?
    • What can we do at the beach? 
    • How do we stay safe in the ocean and at the beach?
    • How deep is the ocean?


    For more information, please contact us at earlylearning@mpcsd.org or 650-463-1236.

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