Located on the Lafayette College campus in Easton, the Lafayette College Early Learning Center (LCELC) offers quality, nurturing child care and an age-appropriate learning environment for children from 6 weeks old through age 5. The College established its on-campus early learning center in 1986, and in continuance of its original mission, it serves the child care needs of the College’s employees as well as the general community. The center offers infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten prep programs. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and children can attend full time or part time throughout the year.
LCELC’s curriculum is designed to support standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) providing developmentally appropriate opportunities for growth through an integrated approach involving interest centers and thematic units of study. There are many opportunities for hands‐on, active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials. The staff provides activities that are age‐appropriate and meet each child’s individual developmental needs. The center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
Bright Horizons www.brighthorizons.com headquartered in Watertown, MA, manages the staffing and daily operations of the center. Bright Horizons is a leader in developing and operating employer-related early learning centers in more than 40 U.S. states as well as several international locations. It manages centers for colleges and universities, governmental agencies, businesses, and nonprofit hospitals, in additional to operating elder care programs.
The center’s current configured capacity is approximately 70 children. Although the room configurations may change based on then-current demand trends, a sample structure follows:
- All children are welcome to enroll regardless of whether their families are affiliated with Lafayette College. Children of Lafayette employees or our students, however, are given enrollment priority when filling vacancies at the center.
- Enrollment contract options include full‐time and part‐week attendance (subject to availability). Drop-in care is not offered.
|Infants (6 weeks–12 months)||8 spaces||1:4 staff-to-child ratio|
|Young Toddlers (13–24 months)||20 spaces||1:5 staff-to-child ratio|
|Older Toddlers (25–35 months)||12 spaces||1:6 staff-to-child ratio|
|Preschool (3–5 years old)||20 spaces||1:10 staff-to-child ratio|
|Kindergarten Prep||10 spaces||1:10 staff-to-child ratio|
The College provides support to the center, which allows us to reduce the cost for families. Children of Lafayette employees or students are entitled to discounted rates, which are subject to change.
Costs include breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack daily.* Meals are cooked fresh on Lafayette’s campus and delivered to the center each day. All milk served to the children is organic.
Call the center director at (610) 438-8500 to inquire about programming, space availability, or to schedule a tour of the center.
*Parents of infants must provide their own food.
Early Learning Center
328 McCartney Street
Easton, PA 18042
P (610) 438-8500
F (610) 438-8510
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-F