Early Learning Center

 ~  Our Mission Statement  ~

The mission of the Early Learning Center at Everett Community College is to provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that values whole child development through our play-based learning curriculum.


Allows children to be in an environment that invites them to explore all aspects of development.

Balances child-directed and teacher supported activities for active learning.

Arises out of children’s interests and natural curiosity and involves open ended play and intentional interactions and conversations.

Guides teachers to observe, document, and reflect on children’s development to create meaningful experiences for children.

PROGRAM PHILOSPHY: The Early Learning Center incorporates the most current practices in Early Childhood Education and fosters children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. The Early Learning Center serves EvCC students, staff, and community member’s children and provides high-quality care and education.  We foster the larger mission of the college by supporting student success from our youngest learners through college completion.

The staff at the Early Learning Center believes that children learn best in a respectful, supportive and nurturing environment where they are encouraged by caring adults who observe and learn beside them. We believe that children should be given time and appropriate materials to engage in hands-on exploration, problem-solving, and experimenting. Knowing each child is unique, teachers create custom lesson plans and classroom environments to nurture the child’s creativity. With our small group sizes and low child-to-teacher ratios, children experience the joy of learning in an environment that fosters self-esteem and individuality. Our teachers are advocates for children who support and encourage them to develop academically and socially. As they listen to and learn with each child, they assess and guide the learning process and empower children to make sense of their world.

We know that families are the child’s first and most important teacher. Family involvement and connectedness is an integral piece of what makes our program strong. Families are always welcome and their role in informing and partnering with teachers is what creates the best possible learning environment for the child.

What is the Early Learning Center?

The ELC provides on-campus, licensed childcare in an environment that is safe, nurturing and designed to meet the developmental needs of children who are 1 to 5 years old.  

The Early Learning Center provides care for student, college employees, and community families. Families can choose to enroll quarterly or for the academic year. Our tuition based program offered the option of full days Monday through Friday or Monday through Thursday. 

 Based on income, children may also be eligible for free preschool through ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program).

Current Everett Community College students who are enrolled in a minimum of 3 credits receive priority enrollment and a reduced rate. 

For more information, call 425-388-9121 or email elc@everettcc.edu