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ELC Curriculum

Project Approach Curriculum

The Early Learning Center curriculum supports the growth and development of the whole child, including the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and linguistic domains. The ELC implements a Project Approach curriculum, in which the curriculum is developed in response to children’s interests and the environments in which they live. A project-based curriculum lends itself to a culturally responsive, emergent approach that encourages sustained inquiry and authentic engagement of children and teachers. Our ELC curriculum is guided by the State of California’s Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Frameworks and NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practices.

Daily offerings include:

  • Art

  • Music & moment 

  • Literacy - Reading, Writing and Speaking

  • Science 

  • Math

  • Fine & gross motor activities

  • Sensory activities

  • Dramatic play

  • Blocks

  • Legos, magnatiles 

  • Outdoor & nature exploration

  • Cooking


At the ELC, children are surrounded by beauty and possibility in environments that nurture their curiosity, sense of wonder, and belonging, and where they are inspired to grow through investigative play, experimentation, and safe risk-taking. Children will have choices in the activities they undertake and the spaces they move in and teachers will modify the learning environments in response to children’s interests and in the opportunities they provide children.


"I am committed to growing into the role of a teacher-researcher, to help create an environment that supports the rights of children, and to provide materials, resources, and opportunities for exploration, risk taking, expression, and reflection. I aim to enter our classrooms as a facilitator and collaborator, working alongside children to co-construct knowledge and meaning." - ELC Educator