The Maumee Valley Early Learning Center (ELC) engages, nurtures, and supports young children in their pursuit of knowledge and meaning. The children’s play and daily explorations guide and shape the curriculum, making each year and each classroom a unique, dynamic, and ever-changing learning environment. Children are recognized as individuals, and the relationships between parents, students, and educators create a warm and safe environment for early learning. The ELC is the beginning of a child’s Maumee Valley journey; a perfect foundation for becoming competent, compassionate, collaborative, and creative global citizens.
Children entering Maumee Valley’s Early Learning Center classrooms begin their educational journey immediately. Students quickly and successfully adjust to the concepts of school and learning in this nurturing environment. The classrooms are set up with a variety of learning centers that encourage and stimulate curiosity and interest. These centers contain materials that reinforce fundamental language, number, and motor skills while encouraging creativity, problem solving, independent learning, and the development of sound work habits.
The Early Learning Center offers mixed-age classrooms, allowing students to be placed in learning environments that best meet their learning needs. Our teams of expert educators have a deep understanding of child development, and they use this knowledge to focus on the “whole child.” We ensure that each student’s cognitive, social-emotional, and physical needs are being met, while paying careful attention to the many unique communication and learning styles of young children. Our 8:1 student-teacher ratio in the ELC allows teachers to provide the individualized attention our students deserve.
Students in the preschool attend music twice weekly, visit the library, and have physical education once per week. Students in the prekindergarten, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten participate in art, music, physical education, and Spanish language.
The Maumee Valley Country Day School Early Learning Center offers full- and half-day programs in Preschool and a full day program in Prekindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. Children must be 30 months (2.5 years) old by the start of the school year to enroll in the Early Learning Center program. Children are not required to be toilet-trained to enroll in Preschool but it is expected for the other ELC programs.