Message from our Coordinator

Welcome to Northside Early Learning Center ... The Foundation for Education

Northside Early Learning Center (NELC) is committed to offering a challenging, supportive, and developmentally appropriate school program for all of our three and four-year-old students. Our continuing goal is for children to develop the vital knowledge and skills they will need for success, as well as to practice creativity, curiosity, and life-long appreciation for learning.

At NELC we recognize the importance of parents in learning for a lifetime. Success at school begins at home. Parents are the single most important variable in a child's schooling. At NELC we strive to encourage the traditions of our supportive, hard-working parents. Throughout the year parents and teachers at NELC will have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a variety of ways. Parents can join our parent group, volunteer in the classroom, help at book fairs, participate in family activity nights, read to their children, and more. It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school. It's one way to let your child know you think his or her school is important. A friendly working relationship with your child's teacher is supported and encouraged at NELC. Education is a partnership that includes you.

As we begin each school year, teachers establish relationships, school standards, and rules. Teachers create a positive environment and routines to provide children with a safe and secure environment to grow and learn. It is our goal to meet the learning needs of the whole child.

At home it is also important to provide routines. One routine is creating a daily "quiet time" when the television is turned off. This quiet time provides students the opportunity for recreational reading with family members. The routine of a daily quiet time provides an opportunity to develop self-discipline, stimulate imagination, and enhance reading skills. I highly encourage a quiet time for families each day.

In addition, routines at home help develop children's social and self-help skills. When children are allowed to complete routine household and self-help duties at the same time on the same day in the same place, they soon begin to develop a responsibility for their commitment and contribution to the family. Helping children develop responsibility both at home and at school helps develop responsible citizens.

Lastly, as families and schools establish routines for the school year, it is helpful to keep in mind that childhood is a special time of learning, exploration, and growth. Children need to be provided free time to explore their world and experience the joy of discovery ... play is important too!

Hopefully we can all provide time for our children to be children. The realities of the adult world will arrive soon enough. As children grow and learn, they find joy and satisfaction in working closely with their families toward a common goal.

At NELC we are committed to the best for our children. We want to work together with our families to build skills and knowledge, reinforce values, and develop a strong sense of self-worth. We believe in daily investing our time and energies in our nation's most valuable resource - our children.

Laura Malkovich, Coordinator