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About CEE

Mission Statement

The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.

Core Values

Responsibility | Honesty | Inclusion | Caring

More About CEE

The Center for Early Education was founded in 1939 by a group of parents, most of whom were professional psychoanalysts.

These Founders were passionate about respecting the inner world of the child. They sought to develop an early childhood education based on each child's natural developmental pace as well as on the recognized developmental stages through which each individual passes to maturity. At a time when preschool education was in its infancy, CEE's Founders developed a school that was dedicated to the needs of young children.

During the 1970s, The Center added elementary grades from kindergarten through sixth grade. Today, about 540 students attend CEE. Over 100 faculty and staff members comprise a highly qualified professional team committed to serving the entire community of the school.

Located on just over an acre in West Hollywood, CA, The Center has an urban campus, adjacent to the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Three instructional buildings, two with rooftop playgrounds, a central courtyard, three ground-level play yards and underground parking are designed to foster a feeling of homey intimacy at the foot of the scenic Hollywood Hills and within the surrounding, vibrant design-centered neighborhood. The campus is currently undergoing a major transformation that will fully equip CEE for the future. Learn more about the Campus Enhancement Plan here.

Students generally come from within a twenty-five mile radius of the school, representing communities as diverse as Central Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Inglewood, Brentwood, Hancock Park, West Hollywood and the surrounding hillside communities.

The Center for Early Education is a nationally-recognized leader in early childhood and elementary education. Teachers and administrators frequently speak at regional and national conferences. Several serve on the boards of trustees of other educational and community organizations.

Accreditations and Memberships