Early Learning Center


Early Learning Center News



    Apply Now for the 2023-24 School Year


    Spaces offered as they become available


    Before completing your application, please review

    2023-24 ELC Application Information for Families



    Applications received after the initial January 9th lottery will be considered as spaces become available, with continued attention to ELC enrollment priorities


    Eligibility Requirements


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


    Our classrooms are located on two campuses


    • ELC Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton
    • ELC Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park


    Please note that a new lottery is conducted each year. Families on the waitlist must reapply to be considered for the new year's lottery. 

    Tours of the Early Learning Center are listed under the "Announcements" section on the right side of this webpage. 


    Here 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 here
    • Examples of teacher's weekly communications to parents with lots more photos of our program here
    • Our annual presentations to the MPCSD school board: 2021-22 presentation and 2020-21 presentation 
    • Hillview Middle School students' 2.5 minute video of an ELC classroom at Oak Knoll in 2019-20 here


    Solicite ahora para el año escolar 2023-24


    Revise el documento Información de la solicitud de ELC para familias antes de completar este formulario


    Si necesita ayuda para completar el formulario en español, comuníquese con Cynthia Nava al 650-463-1236 ext 0.




    Requisitos de elegibilidad

    • Los ninos deben tener 3 años antes del 1 de septiembre del año escolar
    • Los ninos deben estar completamente entrenados para ir al baño el primer dia de clases. 


    Nuestros aules estan ubicados en dos campus:

    • ELC Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton
    • ELC Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park


    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 pagina.
    • 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 aqui.
    Si está interesado para este año del 2022-23 mande un correo electrónico a earlylearning@mpcsd.org or llámanos a 650-463-1236 ext. 8000.
    Los niños elegibles tendrán 3 años para el 1 de septiembre de 2022 y tienen que estar entrenados para ir al baño el primer día de clases.






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.


    See the full ELC Philosophy and Guiding Principles here.



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