• Water play at The Center

The Center for Early Education was founded as The School for Nursery Years.

Since the beginning, our expertise has been in meeting the developmental needs of young children while preparing them for elementary school education.
Our program begins with a half-day or full-day Toddler experience followed by two years of Early Childhood: our EC1 and EC2 programs. Visit our admissions page for information about age at enrollment and how to apply.

Toddler Program

Transitioning into a school setting

The Toddler program focuses on teaching children to meet their individual interests and needs while also interacting successfully as part of a group. The day begins with playtime on the Toddler yard where children engage in a wide variety of activities, such as water play, painting, and more.
In their classroom, toddlers experiment with art materials, choose from activity centers that house blocks, dolls, trucks, dress-up clothes, and more. Learning how to sit in a group, listen to a story, and learn about the seasons and days of the week are engaging activities for a toddler. Circle time is an important experience for the children, and teachers remain conscious of each child’s developmental stage.

The Toddler program runs five days a week.
  • Half-Day Program: 9:00 AM-Noon
  • Full-Day Program: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Early Childhood 1 (EC1) & Early Childhood 2 (EC2)

Developing skills, concepts, and ideas

The EC1 and EC2 Programs are designed for children three to four years old and four to five years old. Each classroom, composed of 22 children and three teachers, includes indoor and outdoor experiences organized around learning centers and themes which change throughout the year. As integral components of each Early Childhood classroom, learning centers offer developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to interact with each other, with materials, and with concepts and ideas. 

The Early Childhood Curriculum strives to help children develop self-esteem, motor skills, creativity, self-mastery, and autonomy, aiding the child with gradual separation, and developing skills in language and communication, socialization, logical and sequential thinking, literacy, and mathematical concepts.

EC1 and EC2 Programs run five days a week, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. After school care is available for EC1 and EC2 students.

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  • EC1 Program

    Our EC1 program is for children between three and four years old and offers half and full day options. Indoor and outdoor experiences are organized around learning centers or areas of the classroom. Small and large group activities also include storytime, movement, music, and library. Children must be three years old by July 1 to enroll in EC1.
  • EC2 Program

    Our full-day EC2 program is for children between four and five years old. The program builds upon the skills introduced in the EC1 program and prepares students to enter kindergarten. Service learning continues as part of the curriculum with the addition of off-campus field trips.
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.