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Learning Philosophy

At ELA, we understand that by playing a role in your child’s education we are helping to shape their future success. Our learning philosophy focuses on providing individualized care for all of our students, so they can discover and grow in a nurturing environment at their own pace. Our age-specific curriculum was developed to national best-practice standards, using the most current research on early childhood education.

Classrooms/Learning Environment:

Our classrooms and play environments were designed with littler learners in mind. Every corner of our campus is safe, clean and well-equipped for young explorers. Even the decor is based in early learning research: our neutral-toned classrooms provide a more soothing and calm environment and promote learning.

Classrooms for each age level have developmentally-appropriate furnishings and activity centers that promote independence and self-confidence, as well as curiosity, imagination and problem solving skills.

When it’s time to get outside and play, we offer two separate playgrounds: one for infants and toddlers, and one for preschool children. This allows little ones all the room they need for safe play and social development with their peers. Our play facilities also feature cushioned surfaces under the equipment, and we enjoy water play outdoors when the weather is right!

ELA families also have access to WatchMeGrow™, an online webcam that invites families to share in their child's day at any time from their computer or mobile device.

Technology for Children:

We live in a digitally connected world, and technology is an important tool for the 21st Century student. Our classrooms for three and four-year-olds include opportunities for exploring technology in a safe and age-appropriate environment, including state-of-the-art interactive whiteboards and fun, child-safe tablets that reinforce key learning concepts.

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Safety/Health Features:

Ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for every child who walks through our doors is our top priority. To that end, we’ve developed a comprehensive protocol to keep our campus secure and stop the spread of germs.

Sanitizing stations are featured outside each classroom and the playground entrance, to help little hands stay clean. The toys and learning tools in our all classrooms are made with non-hazardous materials and sanitized throughout the day.

At ELA, we enforce a secure sign-in procedure, and invite parents and guardians to virtually “drop-in” anytime via our webcam monitoring system.

Teacher/Child Ratios:

ELA San Jose maintains lower child-to-staff ratios than what is mandated because we believed in providing the safest, most individualized care possible in a classroom setting.

Infants: 1:4 1:4
Toddlers: 1:5 1:6
Two’s: 1:7 1:11
Pre K 3’s: 1:10 1:15
Pre-K 4’s: 1:10 1:20