Our Philosophy

The Early Learning Center operates as a part of the Family Life and Early Childhood Education Departments at Everett Community College. The Center’s organization is based upon a cooperative model where families and center staff work together to achieve a quality early childhood program.

We value the cooperative nature of our program by demonstrating mutual respect, understanding and communication with each other. The Center and the Family Life classes provide a supportive, healthy and safe environment in which both adults and children benefit. The program is designed to be inclusive and meet the developmental needs of young children. We are licensed to care for children ages 12 months to 5 years old.

Our program is child-centered and uses Eleanor Reynold’s Problem Solving Approach to child guidance. We provide an environment and interactions that support children in becoming eager learners, creative thinkers, confident problem solvers and sensitive, compassionate human beings.

ELC teachers respond to each child’s individual needs by providing warm and responsive communication, gentle guidance and positive learning opportunities. They model and communicate caring, respect, responsibility and appreciation of our diverse community.

We believe families are a child’s first and most important teachers, and do our best to be respectful partners in children’s care and education. We see the early learning years as a remarkable and exciting time to be involved in the life of a child.