Carlow University’s Early Learning Center (ELC) provides a high quality, full-day early educational program for children ages six weeks to 3 years. It provides children with a balance of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development and includes collaboration among staff, parents and children.

Within its safe, enriching and comfortable environment, students engage in active, meaningful learning that develops their maximum potential. A paper application is required (there is currently a wait list).

Quick facts

  • Located on first floor of Frances Warde Hall
  • Operating hours Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Enrollment is open to Carlow University staff and the public
  • Continuity of care allows teachers and children to transition together
  • Licensed by the Department of Human Services
  • Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Keystone STARS programs, holding a STAR 4 accreditation
Carlow’s Early Learning Center has large, colorful murals and many toys neatly tucked away in shelves.
Early Learning Center in Frances Warde Hall on July 30, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

The enrollment process is based on your affiliation with Carlow University, the date the application was received, and the age of your child. Priority on the waitlist is given to Carlow University faculty and staff as well as ELC and Campus Lab School siblings. Families will be notified in late April/early May if space is available for the upcoming school year.

Any applications that arrive after April will be considered for the following year unless a space becomes available during the school year.

Infant classrooms

5 full days: $1,426/month

3 full days: $1,036/month

2 full days: $827/month

Toddler classrooms

5 full days: $1,385/month 

3 full days: $1,005/month

2 full days: $803/month 

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