The Early Learning Center engages, nurtures, and supports young children in their pursuit of knowledge and meaning through inquiry, social-emotional development, child-centered curriculum, and creative expression. This is where our students begin their journey toward becoming competent, compassionate, collaborative, and creative global citizens.
Music, visual arts, world language, and physical education are an integral part of our comprehensive curriculum. We fully understand the tremendous impact these programs have on cognitive development, and their ability to foster lifelong participation in and appreciation for the arts and world cultures. Concerts and gallery showings throughout the year in our Millennium Theater showcase the achievements of these young students and the faculty who support them.
Genius of Play
In our classrooms, every minute of the day is a teaching moment. Our approach takes into careful consideration the way children process information and new experiences. At this age, playing is learning.
"Play" can be a misleading term when it comes to early childhood education. Our teachers put into practice what early childhood research has consistently found to be true for more than 100 years: Play is the most important learning experience children can have.
We all learn best by doing … and doing again. For children, that is what playing is. After a night out at a restaurant, your child may re-enact the event with a toy kitchen. His/her brain is using this activity to process the experience, memorize actions and utilize creative thinking.
At MVCDS, we use play to enhance learning. It allows us to gain insight into a child’s interests and understanding of the world, and to build onto those understandings and interests. A play opportunity with buckets and acorns is actually a lesson in big and small and empty versus full.