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  The Early Learning Center

Our Mission and Philosophy

We provide children a balance of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Our philosophy maintains that children need a safe, comfortable, enriching environment in order to develop to their maximum potential.

The Early Learning Center strives to promote consistency in care during a child’s time with us. Our "continuity of care" philosophy means that our teachers and our children transition from one classroom to the next together, as opposed to children individually transitioning to a new group when they reach a specific milestone. This transition occurs once per year at the end of August. Therefore, children spend one year in each age level classroom if they begin with us in infancy, but keep the same teachers their entire time in our Center.

The Early Learning Center provides a secure, nurturing, early educational environment that uses developmentally appropriate activities, experiences and materials to engage children in active, meaningful learning.

The curriculum used in each developmental grouping reflects our philosophy of developmental, play-based learning.

  • Location
    The Early Learning Center is located on the first floor of Frances Warde Hall. This is the first building on the right when entering the Carlow University Campus from the Fifth Avenue driveway. Parking for pick-up/drop-off is located in front of Frances Warde Hall.
  • Visit the Center
    Families of children enrolled in the Center are welcome anytime. Others who wish to tour the Center should phone 412-578-6314 for an appointment. All should report to the office prior to visiting a class.
  • Operating Hours
    The Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm.
  • Eligibility
    The Early Learning Center is committed to equal opportunities and affirmative action for all persons in its child care programs and in its employment practices.

  • Accreditation
    The Early Learning Center holds a 4-STAR Keystone STARS rating. It also holds a national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Contact The Early Learning Center
(located on the Oakland campus of Carlow University and The Campus School)

Gina M. Crough
Director of Early Learning Center
Carlow University Early Learning Center
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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The Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


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