Martha O'Bryan Center's Early Learning Center (ELC) is a full-scale early childhood education program that prepares young children for kindergarten and beyond. For the past 15 years, the ELC has received a three-star rating from the State of Tennessee and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, an honor earned by less than 6% of childcare programs in our state.
The Early Learning Center operates six safe and nurturing classrooms, where approximately 80 students, ages 1 to 5 years old, begin a cycle of success that will last a lifetime. Our highly trained educators have vast early learning experience and skills. Through a partnership with United Way's Read to Succeed initiative, teacher receive ongoing professional development and individualized coaching. Each of our classrooms utilizes an age-specific, research-based curriculum published by Frog Street Press. Activities and lessons focus on active engagement and hands-on learning to support the development of the whole child. Complementary curriculum from Conscious Discipline provides children with the foundational social-emotional skills that are essential to academic success.
The ELC aims to help families transform their lives through education and fellowship. Recognizing that each child comes to the Early Learning Center as part of a family unit, our work aims to support not only the child, but the entire family. Monthly workshops, literacy nights, reading incentives, family conferences, and our Parent Advisory Council offer families ongoing opportunities to participate in the ELC. Such family involvement provides ELC students with the necessary support and stability to succeed throughout their lives.
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