Gateway Community College Early Learning Center
20 Church Street
New Haven, CT
Phone: 203-285-2132
Contact Person: Sarah Chambers
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Mission Statement
The Early Learning Center (ELC) is a childcare program for children ages three to five that is fully licensed and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The primary function of the Early Learning Center is to provide an exemplary training site for prospective preschool teachers and students enrolled in Social Sciences, while offering quality childcare for the community. Through guided involvement in Center operations, students are more able to be successful integrating theoretical preparation with practical application. Gateway Community College students in the areas of Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Nursing, as well as Nutrition and Dietetics programs will have the opportunity to use the Center as a learning resource in child development. The staff provides a stimulating learning environment through three curriculum models: Child Development, Modified Montessori, and Diversified Creative Curriculum. Through guided involvement in ELC operations, students are more successful integrating theoretical preparation with practical application.

Program Information
Funding Information: School Readiness, Care4Kids
Program Schedule: School Day/School Year
Program Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Months of Operation: September – June
Classrooms: Preschool
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Snack (not available during the pandemic)
Instruction: In-Person
Languages Spoken: Primarily English, however, we’ve had staff that speak Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin and others

Additional Information:
We are conveniently located downtown. We have a private drop off lot, a gated playground and security all hours of operation.