Early Learning Center (ELC) at NECA
North Education Center Academy (NECA) – Early Learning Center (ELC) is a Hennepin county approved and funded daycare for infant and toddler children of teenage parents who are at risk of not graduating from high school. The ELC staff believe in a child-centered philosophy, focused on meeting the needs of the children and enhancing their development through strong relationships with them and their parents. The ELC staff provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum for the children as they grow and develop. A team approach is used with the ELC staff, daycare director, and licensed nurse to ensure that the teen parents and children have a positive, nurturing experience. NECA-ELC also has a strong family literacy focus, emphasizing communication and language in all interactions with children, as well as, helping parents use the same literacy-building techniques with their own children. It is well researched that quality early childhood programming provides children with the jump start they need to be successful once they enter kindergarten. By choosing NECA – ELC you are giving your child a quality early learning experience at the same time as you increase your knowledge about parenting through focused parenting classes.
The Early Learning Center (ELC) provides a comprehensive service to school-aged parents and their children, who range in age from 8 weeks to pre-school.The primary goal is to enable student parents to attend high school; the secondary goal is to teach these students about child development, parenting and family living skills.The services provided are child care facilities for children, a full academic program for students, a parenting class exclusively for school-aged parents and a child care practicum class. These programs support, guide and instruct each student parent in their parenting role.The child care facility provides a safe, stable and warmly supportive environment where each child’s individual needs and ongoing development are the primary focus.The staff works closely with the student parents, assisting them with their special needs in relation to their personal and educational adjustment.
To qualify for this program, the student parent must have a child between the ages of 8 weeks to pre-school and have a need for child care services. The program is open to both male and female student parents. The licensed capacity at South Education Center Academy is 16 infants, 10 toddlers and up to 4 preschool aged children.
Students are referred by school counselors, social workers, child protection personnel, or in some cases, the students.Incoming infants or toddlers need a physical examination stating that all immunizations are up to date and a health history form from their physician. Students must qualify for Hennepin County Child Care Assistance funds and be in compliance with Hennepin County Child Support for services to be provided in the ELC.
Michelle Humphrey, Assistant Principal