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Early Learning Center (ELC)

The Early Learning Center is a licensed and National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited laboratory school on the New River Community College campus. The center presently operates for three-, four-, and five-year olds from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. A half-day program for four hours a day is also available.

The major purpose of the Early Learning Center is to provide a diversified, developmentally appropriate program for children. It is also a supportive service to students, faculty, and staff, as well as the community. Other services of the program are a practicum setting for student interns in child care, ongoing education and support groups for parents, and opportunities for parental involvement.

Selection of children is based on age and availability of space. Children currently enrolled will be given priority in continuing enrollment. Parents of children accepted in the program will be notified by mail and/or phone during the summer or as vacancy arises. If you are interested in the program, please contact the Early Learning Center director by email asimmerman@nr.edu or phone call 540-674-3600, ext. 4236.

meet our teachers

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    Bonnie Graham

    Professor and Program Head of Human Services and Early Childhood Education
    Telephone Extension: 4318
    Office Location: Godbey 40
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    Anne Simmerman

    Early Learning Center Director
    Telephone Extension: 4236
    Office Location: Godbey 36
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    Kayla Smith

    Early Learning Center
    Lead Teacher
    Telephone Extension: 4220
    Office Location: Godbey 180
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    Lori Belcher

    Early Learning Center
    Lead Teacher
    Telephone Extension: 4420
    Office Location: Godbey 180