WELCOME TO THE EARLY LEARNING CENTERS OF RHODE ISLAND!
Updated April. 3, 2020
ELC of RI will adhere to the governor's orders to remain closed throughout April.
SPECIAL RATES OFFERED!!!
ELC of RI is offering special rates in order to fill available childcare slots at our centers. Please call 401-294-4900 to take advantage of these open slots while they are available.
- Our "Multiple child discount" also applies at all of our centers!!!
- 10% Discount to children with parents serving in the Military, Law Enforcement, and/or local Fire Departments!!!
ELC of RI has adopted a Creative Curriculum and running a Reggio Emilia "INSPIRED" program.
Reggio Emilia is an innovative approach, recognized worldwide for its ground breaking education approach. It fosters education from the tender age, and promotes the best possible integration between family life and a educational setting. In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential. Children are believed to be “knowledge bearers” themselves, so they are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about everything they could meet or do during the day. The child are also viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice. This role also extends to that of a researcher.
Much of the instruction at Reggio Emilia schools takes place in the form of projects where they have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss to clarify their understanding. Children are also viewed as social beings, and a focus is made on the child in relation to other children, the family, the teachers, and the community.
Project topics are also selected on the basis of an academic curiosity or social concern on the part of teachers or parents, or serendipitous events that direct the attention of the children and teachers. Reggio teachers place a high value on their ability to improvise and respond to children's predisposition to enjoy the unexpected. Regardless of their origins, successful projects are those that generate a sufficient amount of interest and uncertainty to provoke children's creative thinking and problem-solving and are open to different avenues of exploration. Because curriculum decisions are based on developmental and socio-cultural concerns, small groups of children of varying abilities and interests, including those with special needs, work together on projects.
Projects begin with teachers observing and questioning children about the topic of interest. Based on children's responses, teachers introduce materials, questions, and opportunities that provoke children to further explore the topic. While some of these teacher provocations are anticipated, projects often move in unanticipated directions as a result of problems children identify. An example of this would be children observing that local birds have lost wetlands to refresh themselves with, so the young students designed a bird bath sanctuary out of non-toxic material left over from construction projects. One such school built a bird bath out of plastic tubs and tubing.
Curriculum planning and implementation revolve around open-ended and often long-term projects that are based on the reciprocal nature of teacher-directed and child-initiated activity. All of the topics of interest are given by the children. Within the project approach, children are given opportunities to make connections between prior and new knowledge while engaging in authentic tasks.
Educational excellence, unwavering dedication and outstanding child care. Those are the values that The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island stands for. Demand for daycare facilities continue to grow day by day, but all too often, institutions are only able to focus on either allowing the child to enjoy their childhood and develop naturally or forcing the child to focus only on mental development in order to achieve high test scores later on in life.
The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island is different. We promote physical activities in large open areas and a wide variety of educational games, but we also have a small library and various arts and crafts for your child to unleash his or her full creative and intellectual potential.
Our goal is to promote every child's development individually using an appropriate mix of academic and recreational activities.
When it comes to your kids, nothing less than the highest standards will do. Our institution provides a safe environment for your child to explore his or her full potential. If you're looking for a daycare center that meets these stringent demands, look no further!
MESSAGE FROM OUR OWNER:
The Early Learning Centers of Rhode Island is family owned and operated, providing for the learning needs of Rhode Island based families. Our centers provide essential care for children from six weeks to twelve years of age. ELC of RI was created in order to establish a safe and happy learning environment for children of all school ages and backgrounds. Our setting not only teaches essential developmental skills, but also allows your child to experience the joy and thrill of learning through play. Our staff uses years of education and first hand experience to produce the highest standard of learning for your child, while still achieving the heightened levels of fun and happiness sought by young minds. The current goal of the owner is to continuously upgrade all centers and provide additional programs while providing child care to the families at the same cost as other local centers. The owner knows that families want the best for their children even during these hard economic times. He hopes that by improving our current centers and keeping tuition at reasonable rates, it will not only help the financial situation of our families, but also the overall economy of our great state. Our goal is to provide the best child care, and daycare at the best possible price. This is the very reason our motto is "The Best Care, for the Best Price!" Stop by our centers and meet our staff, and you will see we truly are a family run business. May all of our families and our courageous troops both home and abroad have a safe and happy year.
Our certifications and licenses can be found and checked with DCYF at http://www.dcyf.state.ri.us.
All of our facilities can be reached by bus. Please visit here to get details: http://www.ride.ri.gov/.