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NDNU ELC
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, California 94002
Tel: (650) 508-3519

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Welcome to the Early Learning Center at Notre Dame de Namur University

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The Early Learning Center is a proud part of the School of Education and Leadership at Notre Dame de Namur University. It was founded in 1964 by Sister Christina Trudeau, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur and pioneer in early childhood and Montessori education. She was honored by the American Montessori Society for developing early childhood Montessori programs in the Pacific Rim. The Early Learning Center is an important part of the School of Education and Leadership at Notre Dame de Namur University and the community at large. It serves also as a training site for early childhood educators.

The Early Learning Center is an authentic Montessori based program, which promotes democratic concepts and values. The Early Learning Center provides a preschool through Kindergarten program. Its three year curriculum and mixed aged groups provide the children with the opportunity to learn and become self-regulated while achieving key developmental milestones. The teachers are not only observant, but intentional in their interactions with the children.

The Early Learning Center is inclusive and welcomes children of all abilities. The school has a strong appreciation for art, culture, and language. The teaching faculty uses a team teaching strategy in a large multi-aged classroom. The curriculum is enriched with art, music, gardening, an integrated Spanish program, and curriculum in Mandarin Chinese. The Early Learning Center extends the mission and vision of the Notre Dame de Namur University and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by engaging in community service activities that promote collaboration between various early childhood programs and other organizations in the local community. We look forward to seeing you at the Early Learning Center at Notre Dame de Namur University.

For further information, email elc@ndnu.edu

NDNU ELC
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, California 94002
(650) 508-3519