Our Learning Philosophy

At the Early Learning Academy, we believe that a child’s play is his work and that children learn best when having fun! Learning is guided by experienced teachers using incidental teaching in defined activity centers, providing hands-on opportunities for art, science and sensory play, books, puzzles, math and literacy materials. We foster a language-enriched environment that encourages social interaction, creativity, motor development, and exploratory learning.

Our program is designed to foster educational and emotional development for children ranging from toddlers (13 months) through pre-kindergarten (48-60 months). The Early Learning Academy provides a superior learning environment for all children. We provide child specific individualized supports for every child through low student to teacher ratios, enhanced classroom staff training and our play based curriculum used in each classroom.

Key Features

  • Safety always comes first. Student to teacher ratios fall well below state standards; typically 3 to 1.

  • Teachers are selected for being happy and energetic, as well as meeting experience and educational requirements.

  • Family-friendly—parent involvement is always invited and appreciated.

  • Inclusive—ELA is a general education preschool program that aims to serve ALL children in our community. The program is designed to allow children to develop in accordance with the Georgia state standards of preschool education while providing accommodations and modifications for children with special needs who are all held to the same academic expectations as their general education classmates.

  • Enriched Learning Environment—emphasizes enhancement of language and social skills, major areas of growth for all young children. Additional areas of instruction, appropriate to each child’s age, include independence (e.g., in eating, dressing, toileting, etc.); and kindergarten readiness (e.g., colors, math, science, etc.) are blended into everyday preschool activities.

Our Purposes

  • To provide an exceptional educational and developmental environment for children

  • To promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual development in every child

  • To offer support and early childhood parent education to families

  • To serve as an internship site for Early Childhood, Education and Behavioral Science Programs at Georgia Southern University in fulfillment of our educational partnership.