Our Program

The Early Learning Center program is designed for children ages two years, nine months through age five.

Children at the Early Learning Center participate in an inquiry-based program, which means that learning goals are structured around topics of interest that the children wish to pursue in depth. Classroom inquiries range across a variety of disciplines, including science, art, and music, and learning experiences reflect a balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities.
 
Our classrooms are language-rich environments where activities and centers support the development of literacy skills as well mathematical thinking. Children have numerous opportunities each day to reflect on and explain their thinking processes, to be responsible, to make good choices, and to be positive members of the community. Our curriculum fosters the foundational skills necessary for a successful transition to kindergarten. Upon their child’s completion of the program, parents have the option to apply for admission to Fay School’s kindergarten.
 

Schedule

The ELC will open in September of 2017. Parents may choose from a range of enrollment options, including a three-day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) program and a five-day program, as well as full and half days. The Early Learning Center will be open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm each day and will serve children year-round.

Faculty

Our teachers in the Early Learning Center are trained to address the specific developmental needs of preschool-aged children. They design engaging, open-ended learning experiences that stimulate inquiry and provoke the imagination, and they provide frequent opportunities for children to participate in self-selected activities that promote independence and decision-making. Throughout the day, teachers observe the children closely and help them reflect on their learning to facilitate the development of higher-order thinking skills.

Typical Daily Schedule

The rhythm of each day is carefully crafted to make the most of those times when children are at their most active and curious as well as when they need calm, rest, and reflection. A typical daily schedule includes the following activities:
 
7:00 am     Arrival for Morning Care
9:00 am     Arrival; Group meeting
9:15 am     Planned curriculum activities
10:30 am   Outdoor/curriculum activities
11:15 am   Transition and preparation for lunch
11:30 am   Lunch
12:15 pm   Transition
12:30 pm   Story, drama, and conversation
1:00 pm     Rest for full-day children
                  Dismissal for half-day children
2:30 pm     Transition
2:45 pm     Small-group and
                  individual activities
3:45 pm     Transition
4:00 pm     Outdoor activities
                  Dismissal for children not
                  remaining for aftercare program
4:45 pm     Transition, story, reflection
5:45 pm     Closing circle and preparation
                  of classrooms for the next day
6:00 pm     End of day

The Early Learning Center at Fay School