The Nativity Early Learning Center (NELC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The process to earn accreditation is intense, with only eight percent of all US preschool and early childhood programs succeeding. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the NELC was measured against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related criteria. This accreditation speaks to the high quality of the Nativity Early Learning Center’s programs and our dedication to your family.
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Welcome to Nativity of Our Lord Early Learning Center
Where Christ is Born and Grows
A child's earliest years include some of the most unique and valuable stages of life. At The Nativity Early Learning Center (NELC), our most important responsibility is to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing and responsive setting for every child. We are committed to supporting each child's development by recognizing and respecting individual differences and potential. The NELC is open to the public.
We invite you to share and discover with us the beautiful treasures that lie within each individual child.
If you walk into our classrooms you will hear the faint laughter of young children engaged in play and learning at our Nativity Early Learning Center (NELC). The NELC's preschool programs are designed to maximize the educational and social benefits for your child's future success.
Our teachers are committed to providing children with a curriculum that continues to grow as they do! Your child will experience the joys of learning in their preschool classroom as they explore the following academic areas:
There are six areas of development that our youngest children focus on throughout their days in the preschool programs at the NELC. These areas follow the MN Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. We have also added an additional area on Religious Education.
Social and Emotional Development
Emotional Development, Self-Concept and Social Competence and Relationships
Different Approaches to learning
Curiosity, Risk-Taking, Imagination and Invention, Persistence and Reflection and Interpretation
Language and Literacy Development
Listening, Speaking, Emergent Reading and Emergent Writing
Creativity and the Arts
Creating, Responding and Evaluating
Mathematical and Logical Thinking- Number Concepts and Operations, Patterns and Relationships, Spatial Relationships/Geometry, Measurement and Mathematical Responding
Scientific Thinking and Problem Solving- Observing, Questioning and Investigating
Social Systems Understanding- Human Relationships and Understanding the World
Physical Motor Development
Gross Motor Development, Fine Motor Development and Physical Health and Well Being
The children will develop an awareness of God, the bible, learning prayers, empathy, respect and values through developmentally appropriate activities including being kind and loving to each other. Father John and Deacon Russ also visit the classroom weekly.
The NELC has convenient hours for parents’ work schedules. The NELC is open from 6:30am-6:00pm Monday-Friday.
Full Day Preschool highlights:
*5, 4, 3, 2 days Options - Days can be flexible
*Bible Story time with Father John and Deacon Russ
* Science Experiments
*Sign Language with Miss Kristina
*Spanish in the Munchkin Rooms
*Letter of the Week and Theme Based Curriculum
* Early Literacy SEEDS read aloud with vocabulary words
* Music and Movement- Yoga
*Daily Outside Time- 2x a Day!
*Large Motor Room across the street and Nativity School
* Special Person of the Week
*Daily Rest Time
Low Ratios allow the teacher to spend more time with individual children and to know more about their learning readiness and interests. It also creates a more comfortable environment for children.
The NELC meets health and safety standards to make sure your child is safe. The NELC is licensed by the MN Department of Human Services.
The NELC has knowledgeable teachers in the field of Early Childhood Education and developmentally appropriate practices. All teachers are Rule #3 certified and complete Professional Development training annually. All teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified. All teachers also have Abusive Head Trauma (formally known as Shaken Baby Syndrome) training.