Welcome to the UD Early Learning Center!
The UD Early Learning Centers provide high quality early care and education programs for approximately 300 children and their families while providing model, data-rich sites for observation, clinical placement and research by UD students, faculty as well as early care and education professionals from throughout the region. As a University practicum site, the ELC serves UD students who are studying to enter a variety of fields including teaching, nursing, physical therapy and psychology. Hands on learning in a center that provides high quality services is one of the best ways to ensure that new professionals will be well prepared to serve children and families. It is with this level of commitment that we created our Mission and Vision for the University of Delaware Early Learning Centers.
The ELC provides a model of quality early care and education services for children and their families which supports the academic and research programs of the University.
Our Vision is to lay the foundation for exceptional practice for future leaders in the field of early childhood education in partnership with families, the university community and professionals locally and globally, and most importantly for our children.