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La Luz ECC provides high quality care and education for children 6 weeks old through 5 years of age, in a facility that is very home-like in nature. The center features a rotational staffing system that keeps children with their caregiver/teacher from the age of 6 weeks to 3 years old. Each teaching team moves up with their group to the next room each year in August, to coincide with the traditional school calendar. When a group of children "graduate" to the 3-5 year old preschool program, their infant/toddler teaching team will move back to the infant room and begin with a new group of infants. A birth date of September 1 will be used as a cut-off date for children in each group.


Program Philosophy

Children learn most thoroughly and joyfully through play. The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in our understanding of what constitutes quality, early education and care. La Luz ECC uses valid scientific studies to inform our practices. When such data is unavailable, we rely on widely a

Accepted standards of quality, such as those described in the publications of "Zero to Three", the "ERIC Clearing House" and the "National Associations for the Education of Young Children"

The La Luz ECC implements a program that:

  • Recognizes & supports families as the child's primary teachers
  • Emphasizes the importance of relationships as key to the child's development
  • Works to provide children with the strong emotional foundation necessary for later academic success
  • Respects the individuality of each child
  • Develops each child's capacity for curiosity, self-control and self-confidence, empathy and the desire to learn and communicate
  • Provides opportunities for family involvement
  • Uses a play-based, child-centered, developmentally appropriate approach to learning
  • An introduction to each of the individual, age-based programs are included below. Please click on the link to read about details concerning each of the age groups.

  • Infants - Babies from 6 weeks to 12 months old
  • Young Toddlers - 12 to 24 months old
  • Older Toddlers - 24 to 36 months old
  • Preschool/Pre-K - A classroom with mixed age groups containing children 3 to 5 years old