General Information

  • Founded in 2004 as a living lab for University of Delaware research
  • Early Childhood program for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old and school age children from Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
  • Affiliated and supported by University of Delaware
  • Admissions is open to all families in the community
  • Licensed by the state of Delaware
  • NAEYC and Delaware STAR 5 Accredited

Program

  • 245 children enrolled in 25 total classrooms
  • Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and School Age
  • Infant Ratio is 1:3
  • Toddler Ratio is 1:4
  • Preschool Ratio is 1:8, 1:9 and 1:10
  • School Age Ratio is 1:12
  • ELC Newark hours are  7 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday
  • ELC Wilmington hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Optional Summer Camp available for School Age children

Facilities

  • Two locations; ELC Newark and ELC Wilmington
  • ELC Newark contains
    • 21 classrooms with approximately 215 children
    • 4 playgrounds on more than 2 acres of property
    • Full size gym
    • Full service kitchen
    • Observation booths
  • ELC Wilmington contains
    • 4 classrooms with approximately 30 children
    • Indoor gross motor area
    • Full service kitchen
    • Outdoor playground

Staff

  • 50 Full Time Professional Teaching Staff
  • 10 Administrative Staff
  • 3 Nutritionist
  • Approximately 30 Part Time Staff
  • Each classroom contains 2 full time staff members
  • Full time teaching staff receive 18 hours of professional development each year