Early Learning Center at NDNU to Close in June 2014

Belmont, Calif., February 12, 2014 — The Early Learning Center on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University will cease operations on May 31, 2014, NDNU announced.

In a letter to parents and teachers NDNU president Judith Greig said that NDNU has been considering the future of the Early Learning Center for some time because the school, which serves preschool and kindergarten children, “is not part of the core university mission.” In addition, Dr. Greig’s letter noted the school presents management issues and operations challenges.

“We have been discussing the future of the ELC at the senior management level for the past several years,” said Dr. Greig. “Although the school does provide a valuable service, it also places a significant burden on NDNU management and resources that is becoming increasingly difficult to justify.”

The ELC was founded in 1964 by Sister Christina Trudeau, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur and pioneer in early childhood and Montessori education. It was intended, in part, to provide training for early childhood educators. However, NDNU no longer has an early childhood education program as part of its School of Education and Leadership.

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.