To Achieve Our goals, MECEC


At MECEC, play is the approach we take to learning and growing. It can be structured and focused, such as a group activity with a purpose in mind; or it can be free and solitary with open-ended possibilities. Whatever form is taken, play is always a hands-on discovery approach to learning and growing. Children learn best while playing and play while learning.

Through play children learn about themselves and the world around them. It provides children with the opportunities to try on different roles, to interact and cooperate with others, to experience feelings, to develop their imaginations, to reason and make choices, to solve problems, to exercise all those growing muscles and to simply delight in the wonders of their surroundings. Play is hard work!




1/2  day = 8:30 - 12:30

Some families choose to supplement their child's 1/2 day preschool by adding lunch from 12:30 to 1:30. Each child brings their own nutritious lunch from home. 

Full day = 8:30 - 4:30

3/5 days for program. 





Ages 2 years 9 months to 4 years
Three or five-day classes from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Extended Day/Afterschool Enrichment Available
Please inquire.




Lunch 12:30 - 1:30

Afternoon program 12:30 - 4:30

The lunch and afternoon program offers children the opportunity to enjoy social interactions among a mixed age group. 


Summer Program


MECEC's summer camp activities foster your child’s creativity and build on skills he or she already knows. We recognize the need for young children to use their bodies as they explore new skills.  Camp will combine fun and exciting summer-themed activities with field trips and weekly themes.  Campers will enjoy water-based activities, nature walks, science, and art. Campers will bring a towel, bathing suit and lunch. Art projects, outdoor-based activities. 4-7 weeks based on enrollment. 


*Newly Added* Start Session June 25th - June 29th

Session 1 July 9th - July 13th

Session 2 July 16th - July 20th

Session 3 July 23rd - July 27th

Session 4 July 30th - August 3rd

Session 5 August 6th - August 10th

Session 6 August 13th - August 17th


Campers are enrolled per week. Cost is $250 per week. Camper must be 2.9 to 5 years old *All sessions based on camper enrollment *Campers are enrolled per week. 


Curriculum/Program Goals


MECEC maintains an affiliation with the Astor Learning Center using the High Scope Curriculum and the fundamentals for best practice in Early Childhood education.

MECEC believes that children learn best about themselves and the world around them through the act of play. Through play, opportunities arise to try on different roles and interact and cooperate with others. Play allows for the experience of feelings, imagination, problem solving and the building of communication skills.

Through play, learning and growing take place in structured, focused and purposeful activities or through spontaneous, sometimes free and solitary activities allowing for open-ended possibilities.

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