Center in Harrison, OH 45030
498 South State Street
Harrison, OH 45030
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The Cincinnati Early Learning Centers, Inc. (CELC) is a nationally accredited, non-profit, United Way agency managing six childcare centers throughout Greater Cincinnati. The centers provide quality child care for children ages three months through eleven years. CELC began contracting with the United Way & Community Chest in 1983 and became a United Way agency in 1991. The corporation became the first non-profit agency in Cincinnati to have all of its sites accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. All setting a standard of excellence for those in the childcare field, the centers of CELC provide a developmental and constructivist approach to education while greatly valuing its diverse clientele.
CELC, Inc. was founded in 1981. Acknowledging a desire to serve a greater diversity of clients, CELC applied for and received non-profit status in 1983. From here, the single childcare center eventually expanded to six centers, each named after the community in which it was located. CELC, Inc. became the umbrella name for the agency. A board consisting of parents, early childhood professionals and community members joined together to manage this non-profit agency. The centers opened in the following order: Harrison (location of original site -1980), East Walnut Hills (1983), Walnut Hills (1990), East End (1995), Westwood (1997), and downtown managing the YWCA Early Childhood Education Program (2006).
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The philosophy of our child care center provides a basis for the types of activities available for the children and the kind of care they will receive in our center. Our core belief is that growth is a sequential and orderly process, and that each child has a personal pace and a unique way of developing physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. It is the role of the teacher to build on those things children are able to do in each of the growth areas by creating a rich environment and encouraging children to play. Classroom environments are designed to reflect the needs of the children at their individual developmental levels. The work of Piaget and Erikson provide the theoretical framework around which the curriculum is planned.
We support the rights and responsibilities of parents and the development and well being of families. The family is our foundation and is our starting point for developing services and program content. Together with the family the child is our focus. We believe that only through partnership with the family can the goals for our children be realized. A strong, trusting relationship between the family and our program is the foundation for achieving common goals in the best interest of our children. Together staff and parents create the best program for our children and families.
We have strong views and values about quality care and education. Our centers are required to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards. The NAEYC guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice are the basis for the programs day to day pedagogical practice.