The first years of a child’s life are precious …
Not only are they an important time of learning, but they also provide the lifelong basic foundation for forming relationships with parents, grandparents, siblings, caregivers and friends.
This is the time to provide children with the best in healthy developmental environments.
The Early Learning Institute (ELI) was founded to help families with this important responsibility. We are a private, 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide and promote developmental services, education and support to young children, their families and their community in a variety of settings.
Basically, we play with babies. That is fundamentally what we do at the Early Learning Institute. We are often told we have the best jobs in the world. We agree. But it’s not that simple.
We play with babies because the “work” of young children is play…they learn and grow through every experience, every toy, every interaction. Our work with adults is to help develop and expand their skills as playful teachers and nurturing caregivers, especially when there are developmental challenges or stressful situations. We do this by working together, through play. For example, did you know…
…that Peek-a-boo is a social game that encourages many emerging skills in young babies? It is anticipatory (predictable- gives children a sense of empowerment to know what is coming); encourages language by labeling body parts (hands, face, eyes) and by using imitative sounds; and encourages positive self esteem – which is true for any repetitive game—because children can initiate and receive an adult’s or peer’s attention. Peek-a-boo encourages cognitive development in the form of object permanence--babies learn that if something is covered, it is not gone forever, just hidden from sight. Physically, a child covering her eyes is developing fine motor hand/eye coordination.
…or that Hide and Seek introduces the concept of separation and security? Going away, but knowing you will be found (reunited) promotes independence and connection. Hide and Seek also promotes gross motor (large muscle) development through running, crouching & hiding; encourages language & listening skills: listening for the searcher or hider, being silent, squealing when you are found etc...; and enhances cognitive skills: understanding the above; being silent, waiting, motor planning for hiding etc.
Our ethical values are based on the following elements
- A commitment to provide the highest quality service and support to all clients.
- A respect for our employees, clients and the community at large.
- A willingness to candidly acknowledge and resolve ethical problems.
- A commitment to choose the right course of action and to do so efficiently.
- An appreciation for the community which we are privileged to serve.
The ethical principles of the Early Learning Institute are: INTEGRITY, HONESTY, CONFIDENTIALITY, PROMISE-KEEPING, RESPECT FOR OTHERS, COMPASSION.