The Early Learning Center (ELC)

The Ironbound Early Learning Center


The Ironbound Early Learning Center (ELC) is located at 1 New York Avenue. The Center has two FREE programs serving children (from birth to 5 years old) and their families.

Hours of operation have been modified due to the pandemic. Please call (973) 589-6873 for more information.

ELC’s programs are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for all types of early childhood programs and child care centers and is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators. The Criteria for accreditation can be found on the NAEYC’s website.

The Center is in a new, 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that is a safe, secure, nurturing, and meaningful learning environment for children. The Center has separate playgrounds for each program, large classrooms with up-to-date technology, a large community room for meetings and events, and a kitchen and staff that provides fresh and healthy meals daily. Watch our video below and learn about the measures we have taken to keep your children safe during Covid-19:


ELC empowers families and staff, at school and at home, to help children grow and learn. We ensure the healthy growth and development of each child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. We prepare children to be competent and successful learners who will contribute to our diverse community and become positive, active members of society.

Staff are well-trained and certified in their individual areas, family and social workers provide family support, staff and partners provide intervention services to address special needs.

Parents and families are warmly welcomed every day and at any time; and families have access to all other ICC services.

This unique 0-5 campus and model for early care and education enables ICC to provide the ideal continuum of high quality, comprehensive Birth-5 services that provide the basic foundation for lifelong happiness, success and love of learning.


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