Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) website! At the ECEC, we offer a preschool education for the children of Greater MacArthur Park in a safe and nurturing environment to ensure that they are provided a strong foundation for their social, emotional and academic success. Our wonderful staff is committed to providing developmentally appropriate experiences that allow the children to learn at their fullest potential.
The ECEC consists of brightly lit and colorful classrooms offering a structured, consistent and developmentally appropriate learning environment. The program recognizes the uniqueness of each child and supports different ways of learning by emphasizing social development and encouraging children to explore, experiment, take risks, and assume responsibility. Self-expression and creativity are constantly promoted. Active play and guided learning introduce literacy and critical thinking skills. Students receive art instruction and have outdoor playtime in a playground complete with trees, a tricycle track and dance chimes.
We are proud to earn our accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which sets professional standards for early childhood education programs and helps families identify high-quality programs for their young children. In addition, many classrooms at the ECEC achieved a 5-Star Quality rating from the Los Angeles Universal Preschool Program, which is the highest ranking that a classroom can receive.
At the ECEC, we also believe that we cannot be successful without help from our parents. We fully understand that parents are their child’s first teacher, and working together with parents as a team will enable all of our students to earn a high-quality education that will eventually prepare them to enter and graduate from a university of their choice, and be successful in life.
Alicia Garcia Associate Director Early Childhood Education Center