ELC Interim Director on playgground with children.

Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Early Learning Center at the University of Delaware.  Whether you are a parent or guardian, researcher, UD Student, or community member, you will find that the ELC is a welcoming diverse community that values respect of others, respect of self, and respect of our environments as commonly held agreements in all we do.

Children and families experience the many gifts of the ELC each day.  The gift of teachers who are truly grateful for the opportunity to partner with you in these early years of your child’s development.  The gift of a community that celebrates the diversity that each child, family, and staff member brings to the ELC.  The gift of time for children to engage in uninterrupted periods of play, to persevere with a task, to engage with each other, and to discover new wonders about how the world works.  The gift of sheer joy that children bring to us each day; delight, wonderment, and awe are daily small moments at the ELC.

We also value consistency, continuity, and coherence for children at the ELC.  For children to grow cognitively, physically, and socially, they need stable relationships with adults who know them and their families well.   In our Infant/Toddler program, children stay with the same caregivers from infancy until they are ready to move to the preschool program.  Three to five year olds grow and develop in multiage classrooms; a child-centered concept of teaching which personalizes the teaching strategy and classroom environment to support the developmental stages of children.

Being on the campus of the University of Delaware means that we have many unique advantages; opportunities to participate in research and access to current information on early childhood, teacher candidates who bring new and fresh ideas to our program, and a continual opportunity for our teachers to grow professionally.

It is my hope that our website conveys the passion and commitment we have to young children and their families.  Welcome to the Early Learning Center!  We look forward to sharing more about the ELC with you.


Linda Zankowsky, Ed.D

Interim Director




The University of Delaware does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statures and University policies.