EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - WHERE LEARNING COMES ALIVE!
Welcome to the Urban League of Essex County's (ULEC) Early Childhood Education Program.
We focus on and are committed to cultivating the cognitive and social development of children through play-based learning.
The ULEC provides learning opportunities that incorporates hands-on experiences in small classroom sizes and in outdoor learning spaces, while promoting a lifelong love of learning.
Where learning comes alive! We utilize the Creative Curriculum model for Preschool and Toddler's Goals and Objectives to begin building a strong academic foundation for our students. Its curriculum framework is based on developmentally appropriate practices that stresses instruction and teaching in ways that match the way children develop and learn.
Making Discovery Fun
Building Social Skills
Creating in a Safe Environment
CREATIVE CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK
The framework focuses on the following:
How Children Develop and Learn
The Learning Environment
What Children Learn
The Teacher’s Role
The Family’s Role
The curriculum framework is applied to eleven areas that can be found in each classroom:
Art * Blocks * Computers * Cooking * Discovery Center * Dramatic Play * Library * Music & Movement * Outdoor / Active Play * Sand & Water Play * Toys & Games
Our program is structured in a math and literacy-rich environment and integrates social emotional skill development. Our teachers follow a very interactive curriculum that encourages independence and self-discovery. Thus, our students not only gain a strong academic foundation, but develop character and habits they need to be successful in school and in life, including independence, strategic planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
By the time our students move on from our program, they have reached or exceeded their developmental milestones based on their individual needs.
WHY CHOOSE US
Thursday, September 23 was Dads Take Your Child to School Day for the 21-22 School Year. For the very first time, our very own preschool program, led by our fabulous Director, Ms. Heather Wilson was in the top 5 of all the Newark Board of Education Pre-K programs.
An Excellent School
"The Urban League is an excellent school. They treated my child the same as I, with love, care and attention and the direction for higher education."
- Ivy Hall, parent of 2010 graduate
“If you want your child in a pleasant, warm, loving, and all around well-balanced environment, then I strongly urge you to consider the Urban League Preschool. My children have enjoyed their experience at the school and learned so much. I am grateful for all the work they do in and outside of the classroom.”
- Mrs. Gowdie, parent of 2009 and 2011 graduates
NEWS AND RESOURCES
CONGRATULATIONS to our Early Childhood Center! Thursday, September 23, 2021 was Dads Take Your Child to School Day for the 21-22 School Year. For the very first time, our very own preschool program, led by our fabulous Director, Ms. Heather Wilson was in the top 5 of all the Newark Board of Education Pre-K programs. Check out photos on our Facebook page.
For more information:
Early Childhood Education