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About ELC


The MPCSD Early Learning Center serves children 2 years and 9 months to 5 years old in multi-age classrooms at Laurel's lower campus in Atherton and Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park.  

Children must be 3 by December 1st of the school year to enroll.

There are 3 schedule options for the 2024-25 school year, all of which are 5 days a week: 

  • Full-Day - 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • School-Day - 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Part-Day 7:45 am - 12:00 p.m.

Our curriculum is play-inspired with an eye towards Kindergarten readiness. 

We offer full-fee and sliding scale tuition options for our students.

MPCSD’s Early Learning Center is licensed by and follows all regulations of the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing. Our facility number at Laurel is 414004466 and at Oak Knoll is 414004568.

Please find more information about the curriculum, schedule, philosophy and tuition we invite you to explore the tabs on this site.

For further information, please contact

  • Chana Stewart, Director, Early Learning Center 650-463-1236 x 3 
  • Cynthia Nava, Bilingual ELC Program Manager 650-463-1236 x 0

"The educators treat each and every child with love and respect so the kids feel that they are always welcomed at school. We are so grateful to be part of this community." - ELC Parent

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