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Early Learning Center


Growing Up Happy & Healthy

TCC's Early Learning Center lets you pursue your educational goals while providing a safe, beautiful place for your children to learn, play, and grow... right on the Main Campus at TCC.

Our program is staffed by early childhood professionals who encourage children to develop a sense of self-worth and positive self-concept. The teachers create a daily schedule and plan learning activities based on the interests and abilities of the children.

The ELC is open to TCC staff and the surrounding community, but first priority is always with the students of TCC. Our program is paid for with funds from parent contributions, student fees, DCYF, EHS federal dollars and ECEAP state dollars. 

child playing with water pump outside at the early learning centerHere are some highlights about our building:

  • Enables student parents to pursue their education by providing a safe, affordable, and nurturing environment for their children
  • Licensed to serve 92 children from ages 12 months to 8 years
  • Summer camps ages 5 to 8 years
  • Meeting space for the early childhood education community
  • Fenced outdoor play area
  • Variety of toys and activities to promote learning and play
  • Secured building
  • State-of-the-art industrial kitchen that serves the entire center
  • Separate outdoor play areas for older and younger children
  • Covered outdoor play area
  • Observation rooms attached to each classroom with two-way mirrors for student learning
  • Parent study spaces
early learning center play areaA Green Building
  • Opened October 21, 2008
  • 13,000 square feet
  • Six classrooms for children
  • LEED Gold certified
  • Uses 30% less water than a conventional building
  • Floors are warmed with circulating water for crawling young children
  • Natural light in 75% of the interior building
  • Sustainable materials were used throughout the center. One large play structure is constructed using 11,222 recycled plastic milk containers.


Want to Enroll at the ELC?

 If you're interested in enrolling your child at the ELC, please read about our enrollment process.


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