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     2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR


    We will be accepting applications for the 2020-21 School Year Lottery beginning in mid-October 2019. Please plan to attend one of our open houses, dates listed to the right.


    Full-Fee Lottery: The Round 1 full-fee lottery will be conducted in mid-December and will only include applicants who live within Menlo Park City School District boundaries or work for MPCSD. 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.

    If there are still spaces available after the first lottey, we will open a second lottery in early 2020. 


    Tuition Assistance Lottery: The lottery for students requesting tuition assistance will be conducted in January 2020. 


    Classroom offerings are:


    Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton


    • 2 Full-Day classes open 7:30-5:30 (minimum day 1st Thursdsay per month)
    • 1 Part-Day class open 8:30-12:30 with an option for early care for 7:30-8:30


    Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park


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


    2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR


    We currently have one part-day space available for children 3- 5 year olds at our Laurel Campus. Children must be fully potty trained and 3 years old by December 1, 2019.


    All full-day classes at Oak Knoll and Laurel are currently full; however, if you are interested in a full-day space, we encourage you to apply below so that we can keep you informed if a space opens up. 


    To apply for the 2019-20 school year, please complete and submit this form.


    Para inscribir a su hijo, complete y envíe este formulario.


    Classroom options for 2019-20 are:




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


    Oak Knoll


    • 1 Full day class open from 7:30-5:30 






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  you are certain you are interested in our program before applying for the lottery. Tours may not be held after the Round 1 lottery has been conducted, so please plan accordingly.


    Tours will be held from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the following dates:


    Laurel Site - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton

    October 2, 2019 

    October 26, 2019

    November 4, 2019

    December 4, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    Oak Knoll Site - 1895 Oak Knoll Rd. Menlo Park

    October 11, 2019

    October 23, 2019

    November 15, 2019

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