Early Learning Center


Early Learning Center News


    2020-21 school year


    We are currently accepting students in our full-day classes at Laurel and Oak Knoll Elementary Schools.


    Please click on this link to apply for 2020-21 enrollment. 


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





    Program offerings for 2020-21:


    ELC Laurel - 95 Edge Rd. Atherton


    • Three Full-Day classrooms (8 Hours)
    • One Part-Day classroom (4 hours)


    ELC Oak Knoll - 1895 Oak Knoll Ln. Menlo Park


    • Two full-day classrooms (8 Hours)

    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.


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    The ELC offers distance learning Summer and Fall 2020 - Join Us!


    Classes are conducted via Zoom by one of our fully-qualifed lead teachers Monday-Thursday at a cost of $100 a week and include a 20 minute circle time, 20 minute activity time and 1:1 virtual visits with the teacher. 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, in Summer 2020, children in school and online are all learning about the Oceans and investigating questions like:


    • 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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