Early Learning Center

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The Early Learning Center is the home of Ferris State University’s youngest Bulldogs since 1987!

The center’s mission is two-fold.  First to provide quality educational experiences for young children, and second to provide a hands-on learning laboratory for academic students pursuing careers in Early Childhood Education.  The Early Learning Center was the first, and remains the only center in the in the Mecosta-Osceola School district to receive national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Why Choose the Early Learning Center

  • Accredited Program
  • Full-time degreed teaching staff
  • On-going professional development opportunities for teaching staff and support staff
  • Formal curriculum for all age groups
  • Planning and assessment time for teaching staff each day
  • Small class sizes
  • Low child-to-adult ratios
  • Electronic daily sheets to give parents up-to-date information on their child’s daily activities, food in-take, as well as bathroom, rest and other daily routines
  • Parent access to observation rooms at anytime
  • Parent Portal for up-to-date progress on child’s portfolio through COR Assessment
  • Nutritious meals prepared on site each day by food service specialist
  • A spacious outdoor environment designed to provide children opportunities for exploration, investigation, discovery, and physical activities
  • The University provides many sites for nature walks, field trips, and special visitors
  • Certified Car Seat technician on staff
  • Partnership with Great Start to Readiness Program