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Early Learning Center

early_learning_centerThe first years in your child's life are the most important ones. Even when you're on double duty as a parent and a student, it's important to make those years count!

Growing Up Happy & Healthy

TCC's Early Learning Center lets you pursue your educational goals while providing a safe, beautiful place for your children to learn, play and grow... right on the Main Campus at TCC.

Our program is staffed by early childhood professionals who encourage children to develop a sense of self-worth and positive self-concept. The teachers create a daily schedule and plan learning activities based on the interests and abilities of the children.

The ELC is open to TCC staff and the surrounding community, but first priority is always with the students of TCC. Our program is paid for with funds from parent contributions, student fees, DSHS, EHS federal dollars and ECEAP state dollars.

What You Can Expect from Us...

  • ELC foodAccreditated through the National Accreditation Commission (Association for Early Learning Leaders)
  • Full-day, inclusive child care for ages 1 month to 5 years
  • Positive interactions among adults and children
  • Planned learning activities and materials appropriate to the children's age and development
  • Excellent teacher-child ratio in every classroom: 4:1 (infants and toddlers), 9:1 (3 year olds), 10:1 (preschoolers)
  • Outdoor time that encourages children to explore the environment and exercise
  • Observation rooms for parents and students to watch the children's daily activities
  • Early Achievers child care rating participant
  • Daily meals included exceed Child and Adult Care Food Program/OSPI dietary guidelines
  • washington early achiever logoParent Room with computers and printer for quiet study/work time
  • Consistent parent updates on child progress
  • On-site dental/vision/hearing screenings offered
  • For income eligible children, we have Early Head Start (birth to three years old) and Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (four to five years old) with Family Support Specialist
  • Please see our Handbook for Familes


ELC exterior with mom and kidsMonday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Summer Hours: 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Center is closed on Fridays during the summer quarter.

Closures: Please call the college at 253.566.5000 for information on school closures. If the college closes the Early Learning Center will be closed.


Please call with any questions or to schedule a tour for you and your child. 253.566.5180


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