Early Learning Center

Preschool

At ACEA, we recognize the interconnected nature of a child's intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and creative dimensions.

Our holistic approach to education encompasses drama, music, and art activities to address these dimensions. Learning opportunities in our Early Learning Center (ELC) are designed to build upon children’s past experiences while accommodating their changing needs, interests, and circumstances, fostering curiosity and exploration through hands-on experiences, observations, investigations, and experimentation.

We believe that play is a vital component of learning, allowing children to immerse themselves in activities that help them discover themselves and their world. Research underscores the profound impact of early learning experiences on child development, emphasizing the significance of early interactions with caring adults in shaping brain connections and influencing future educational outcomes.

What does Early Childhood Learning look like?

Early Childhood Learning embodies our commitment to creating a language-rich environment where integrated experiential learning fosters authentic connections to real life. Our approach cultivates young thinkers, problem solvers, and confident individuals who dare to embrace their unique selves.

Learning through play is supported by science

The scientific community recognizes the benefits of play. There is no evidence that neural pathways in children’s brains are influenced and advanced in their development through exploration, thinking skills, problem-solving, and language expression that occur during play.

Research also demonstrates that play-based learning leads to greater social, emotional, and academic success. Based on such evidence, education ministers endorse a sustainable pedagogy for the future that does not separate play from learning but brings them together to promote creativity in future generations. Play is considered so essential to healthy development that the United Nations has recognized it as a specific right for all children.

 

Learning through play is supported by children and parents.

Learning through play is supported by children. It is their natural response to the environment around them. Children learn through play when manipulating objects, acting out roles, or experimenting with different materials. Play allows them to construct, challenge, and expand their understandings by connecting to prior experiences, opening the door to new learning. Intentional play-based learning enables children to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, and think critically. Play is responsive to each child’s unique learning style and capitalizes on his or her innate curiosity and creativity. Play-based learning supports growth in the language and culture of children and their families.