Our Mission Statement
Plainville Early Learning Center, Inc. is a state funded program that provides affordable, year round, high-quality, early care and education for three to twelve year-olds in a safe and nurturing environment. Our staff encourages the social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development of the children in our care.
We are your child’s home away from home. Our goal is to build the self-esteem of the children in our programs as they become successful learners in all developmental areas through healthy activities. Our staff works together with the families of the children in our care to inspire and nurture their development, expand their ideas, and reach their goals. All members of the Plainville Early Learning Center, Inc. blossom and grow as they are cared for with love.
We provide non-discriminatory childcare to assist in the healthy physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of both preschool and school-age children. At the Plainville Early Learning Center, Inc. we believe that children should be exposed to a variety of cultural, social, and educational experiences as well as physical activities to promote growth in all areas of development. Our mixed age preschool classrooms allow children to socialize and select activities appropriate for their developmental level. In our school-aged classrooms we provide age appropriate activities before and after school.
History and Organization
The Plainville Early Learning Center, Inc. was formed by a group of town residents in 1969 to provide the Plainville area with quality child care. We opened in September of 1970, and have been providing compassionate services to the children and families in our community ever since.
Our board of directors, made of community members and parents, oversees the operation of the center. The board meets at the center on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00PM.
Daily operation of the programs is delegated by the board to a full time director and full time Site Supervisors. The director and leadership team hire qualified staff to operate the center. In doing so they adhere to all state and federal labor regulations.
The Connecticut State Department of Public Health has licensed Plainville Early Learning Center, Inc. to serve up to 66 preschool children between the ages 3 and 6 and up to 62 school age children for Kindergarten through grade 5. The state license means that our center has met state and local regulations regarding staff qualifications, education programming, amount of play space per child, fire prevention, health and safety measures, and building codes.
Parent fees finance our program and are set on a sliding scale which takes into account family size and income. The sliding scale is funded by the State of Connecticut, Town of Plainville, United Way of West Central Connecticut, and a school readiness grant. The funds which allow us to operate on a sliding scale are supplemented through other community foundations, civic groups and businesses, individual donations, and fund-raising.
Our preschool program was NAEYC accredited in June 2005 and our school readiness program became NAEYC accredited in June 2012. All three of our facilities adhere to the NAEYC criteria, and continue to maintain NAEYC re-accreditation.