Early Learning Centers (ELC)

Our Early Learning Centers Program

Our Early Learning Centers (E.L.C.) are welcoming environments for 3-5 year old children where lasting relationships are strengthened and encouraged. We provide the opportunity for children to explore and discover their interests, while encouraging them to build on all possibilities for independent learning through the Emergent Curriculum. A typical day at our Early Learning Center will incorporate social-emotional, language and literacy, math and science history, health and safety and creative expression.

Every child has the opportunity to...

    • Develop and maintain a strong and positive self-image
    • Build and sustain healthy friendships
    • Use language, art, and music as a means of creative expression
    • Build literacy skills through exploration, play, and small group experiences
    • Learn about S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through hands on relevant projects
    • Enjoy healthy snacks through the Empower Pack from the Department of Health Services

Our daily program reflects our belief that children’s interests are at the heart of a meaningful, relevant, challenging and fun curriculum. We utilize the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards as a framework around which we create an educational journey that fully prepares students to be successful in kindergarten. Teachers and parents work together to provide a variety of opportunities to support the exploration, discovery and learning experience for every child. We believe that every child is competent and capable with rich potential. It is critical to the success of each child that we build strong and authentic relationships with every child and family.

ELC Staff & Standards

Both of our Early Learning Centers prepare children, from the ages of 3 to 5, for a successful transition into kindergarten. We participate in the First Things First, Quality First program that evaluates preschools. We are 1 of 11 centers in Pima County to earn the highest rating of 5 stars.  All staff members are encouraged to have or be in the process of an educational pathway to obtain certification or degrees in Early Childhood.
Our current staff that interacts with the E.L.C. children has the following credentials:

    • Associate of Arts in Early Childhood
    • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
    • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • Montessori certification
    • Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literacy
    • Child Development Associate certification
    • Master of Education in Elementary Education

The staff is required by D.H.S. to have 18 hours of professional Development every 12 months, a current level one-fingerprint clearance card, C.P.R., First Aid, and current vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella [MMR], tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis [TDP]
Our Early Learning Centers are accredited by the National Association of Early Childhood (NAEYC), licensed by the Department of Health Services and utilize developmentally appropriate practices. Our centers use the Quality Indicators developed by the Arizona Child Care Resource and Referral.

Financial Support

We participate in Quality First and therefore we can offer scholarships based on financial need. In addition, ALL C.E.P programs are Department of Economic Services (D.E.S.) eligible. We look forward to working with you in partnership as you plan for the care and education of your child.

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We invite you to schedule a tour of the program to see for yourself the rich environment that is supporting the growth and development of each child. You can call the site directly to schedule a tour.

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Contact Information
Krista Caid (Copper Creek) or Veronica Villescaz (Walker)
Program Director(s)
  • Copper Creek: (520) 696-6836
    Walker: (520) 696-6573
  • ELC at Copper Creek
    11620 N. Copper Springs Trail


    ELC at Walker
    1750 W. Roller Coaster Road
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