Message from our Coordinator

Welcome to Northside Early Learning Center 2018-2019 School Year ...
The Foundation for Education at ChurchillCSD

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 goal is for children to develop the knowledge and skills they will need for success, as well as to practice creativity, curiosity, and life-long appreciation for learning.

At NELC we understand the importance of parents in learning for a lifetime. Success at school begins at home. Parents are the most important variable in a child's schooling. At NELC, we honor the traditions of our supportive, hard-working parents. Throughout the year, parents and teachers can partner 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. Frequent communication between families and teachers is supported and encouraged at NELC. Education is a partnership that includes all of us. As we begin each school year, teachers build relationships and teach standards and rules for school. Teachers create a positive environment and routines to provide children with a safe and secure place to grow and learn. It is our goal to meet the learning needs of every child.

It is also important to provide routines at home. One routine is creating a daily "quiet time" when the television is turned off. This quiet time provides students the opportunity for reading with family members. The routine of a daily quiet time provides an opportunity to develop self-discipline, stimulate imagination, and enhance pre-reading skills. I highly encourage a quiet time for families each day. Routines at home also help develop children's social and self-help skills. Another routine is allowing your child to have small household jobs. When children are allowed to complete small jobs at home, at the same time on the same day in the same place, they soon begin to develop a responsibility for their importance to the family. Helping children develop responsibility both at home and at school helps develop responsible citizens.

Lastly, it is helpful to keep in mind that childhood is a special time of learning, exploration, and growth. Children need free time to create, to explore their world, and to 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 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