The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center is a nationally recognized center of excellence for early education of children 18 months to 5 years old. We are a unique resource for working families, providing both high-quality early education and all day child care in a safe, nurturing environment, 5 days a week, 10 hours a day, 12 months a year.
For children in the early years, learning takes place not only in academic realm. Social-emotional growth and learning is crucial for young children to develop a strong sense of self, awareness of others, and ability to develop positive relationships and tackle challenges. Through observation and assessment, EWECC teachers identify children in need of extra support, who participate in discussion groups, small-group activities, and other instruction. As this year’s third trimester begins, new observation and assessment shows the extent of their growth and learning. On to new challenges!
The first five years of every child’s life present an incredible opportunity for accelerated learning, as 90 percent of the brain is formed by age 5. During the preschool years, the brain is most flexible and adaptable to learning, and forms a million neural connections per minute. Early learning matters! EWECC’s research-based curriculum guides children through experiences that foster curiosity, exploration, and physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development during this critical period of growth. Our teachers partner with parents and families to help children achieve milestones, and our school community celebrates this amazing process of fun and discovery.
The Healthy Harvest nutrition and gardening education curriculum at Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, initiated last year, will be expanded to include experiences and lessons that pair with the Center’s curricular learning standards.