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    Apply Here for the 2021-22 School Year 


    We currently have a few available spaces and are accepting applications for our waitlist for full-fee and scholarship spaces. Historically, we have had many students enrolled from our waitlist as families make changes to their plans in the Spring and Summer and we highly recommend adding your child to the waitlist, at no cost to you, if you are intersted in our program.  


    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. 


    The 2021-22 ELC Tentative Instructional Calendar is now available here. 


    Although we can't give in-person tours this year, please view our new Early Learning Center Video, made in recognition of the Russel J. Kent Award we received this year and you can see many photos of our program on this page of our website. In case you missed them, this is the slide presentation for the virtual tours. In addition, we have recently added examples of our teacher's weekly communications to parents with lots more photos of our program here and this is our annual presentation to the MPCSD school board. 


    Two of our district's Hillview Middle School students developed a 2.5 minute video of children in our ELC classroom at Oak Knoll in 2019-20 school year. You can view that video here!


    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


    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 2010-21 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 


    2020-21 Covid-19 Guidelines and Admission Agreements (2021-22 Guidelines and Agreements will be available prior to the beginning of the school year, based on the most current CDC, California Department of Public Health and County of San Mateo guidelines)


    New! 2021-22 ELC Tentative Instructional Calendar


    2020-21 Calendar 



    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 -June 0, 2021 0 0 NA


  • ELC  is Hiring a Lead Teacher!


    We are hiring a Lead Teacher for our new classroom, opening in the 2021-22 school year! The job will begin August 9th with two weeks of professional development and planning. 


    We will be heading into our 4th year of operation and we learn as we grow, so this is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to contribute their creative thinking, dedication, anti-bias approach, collaborative spirit and curious mind to their work.


    Applications are being accepted via EdJoin. For more information, email us at earlylearning@mpcsd.org.

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     ELC Summer Camp 2021!


    We are excited to offer ELC Summer Camp from July 6 - July 30, 2021 at both Laurel and Oak Knoll campuses. We will be studying the Oceans this summer and investigating questions such as:

    • 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?

    In addition, children will be running through sprinklers, eating popsicles, painting, drawing, riding bikes, scooters and trikes and having lots of summer fun. 

    For more information and to enroll, visit the enrollment webpage or contact us at earlylearning@mpcsd.org or 650-463-1236.

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