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    The Application for the 2022-23 School Year Waitlist is Now Available Here


    We are currently full for the 2022-23 school and are accepting applications for our waitlist


    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


    2022-23 ELC Lottery Timeline

    • November 1, 2021 - Application available
    • January 2, 2022 - Applications due by midnight
    • January 28, 2022 - ELC informs families if a space is available 
    • February 14, 2022 - Families confirm enrollment with a non-refundable deposit
    • Any spaces still available after the lottery will be offered on a rolling basis


    Our classrooms are located on two campuses:

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


    Schedule options for 2022-23 are:

    * School-Day - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    * Full-Day - 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


    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. Applications for 2023-24 will be available in early November 2022.


    We are not giving school tours at this time; however, there 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 on 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





    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.



    Si esta intersado para este ano del 2021-22 porfavor mande un correo elecronico a earlylearning@mpcsd.org or llamanos a 650-463-1236 ext 0.
    Los niños elegibles tendrán 3 años para el 1 de Sieptembre de 2022 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.






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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