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    2021-22 School Year


    Applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available here by November 1, 2020.


    Eligible childeren will be 3 years old by December 1, 2021 and fully potty trained by the first day of school.


    Apply by January 11th to be included in the first lottery, which will be held January 15th. 



    Although we can't give in-person tours this year, you can check out the photos on this page of our website!


    Parent Information and Q & A Sessions will be held on these dates in November 

    • 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 at this  Zoom link


    2020-21 school year


    Please click on this link to apply for the 2020-21 waitlist and contact us at 650-463-1236 ext 0. 


    Eligible children must be 3 years old by December 1, 2020 and fully potty trained by the first day of school. 





    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


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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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