At the Early Learning Center children develop respect by learning to care for themselves, each other and the world around them.


The Early Learning Center uses a blend of the best evidence-based practices in early childhood education while following the same fundamental philosophy of The Island School and Deep Creek Middle School. The principles of the ELC are to encourage learning through hands-on exploration, play, and reflection.

With a strong emphasis on the natural environment, we extend the classroom to the outdoors, where we spend many hours exploring and learning. Children in our program benefit from experiential education in a place-based environment.