The mission of the Early Learning Center is to provide an active learning community for children, their families and early childhood teachers. We offer many opportunities for exploration, constructing knowledge, and developing relationships with peers, both for children and student teacher researchers, who are building their own understanding of early learning.


Our vision at the ELC is for this to be a community that embraces all people and their own contributions to our classroom. The ELC staff is dedicated to building relationships with children that cultivate a love of life-long learning, as well as future early educators who will enter the field of teaching with rich classroom experiences.


We believe that all children arrive with the ability to learn. They are capable and competent and our job as teacher-researchers is to support their exploration and promote their curiosity through our physical space and the presentation of materials. At the ELC children will have many opportunities to develop observation, questioning, and listening skills all while engaging with peers. We are a Reggio-inspired, play-based Christ-centered preschool program for children ages 3-5. The ELC does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender expression. We believe that the family is the child’s primary environment of learning, and therefore offer opportunities for parent participation, education, and support. We encourage all families to enter into their child’s classroom as we learn about each other’s home culture. This enriches and enlarges our classroom community as we build a space where all children feel that they belong. We are an inclusive and diverse classroom and we work closely with Multnomah Early Childhood Program.