The Early Learning Center at Baruch College provides childcare and education to children aged 2 to 5 years old of Baruch students, faculty and staff. Applications and enrollment are accepted throughout the year. The Center is licensed by the NYC Department of Health and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Program presents an interdisciplinary, Project-Approach to curriculum, designed in conjunction with the children’s interest and development, offering opportunities for in-depth exploration and research to develop critical building blocks for academic success. We believe that children are natural learners and encourage them to explore their environment as they engage in exploring their world and to construct an understanding of their own experiences.
A balance of individual and group activities provide children with opportunities to immerse themselves in dramatic play, woodworking, cooking, storytelling, care for animals, music, block building and art making. The Center also provides an extensive children’s lending library which includes books, games and puzzles to connect school and home.
Neighborhood trips to local playgrounds and parks are an ongoing part of the children’s activity to expand our classroom programming.
Two classrooms of mixed aged groups offers ample opportunities for older children to be peer mentors to the younger children and for the younger children to learn from their older counterparts. Each classroom is staffed by a full-time lead teacher, a full-time assistant teacher and part-time assistant teacher to ensure high adult to child ratio and individualized attention.
Each classroom is equipped with a children’s bathroom and diaper changing station.