About

For the past three decades, America’s foremost organizations dedicated to early childhood education have been researching and developing the best practices to capitalize on the receptivity of children’s brains to learning from birth. The lifework of this passionately committed group of educators, researchers, and developmental psychologists built the foundation for Day One.

Day One Early Learning Community starts our children on a path that will benefit them over a lifetime.

Day One Early Learning Community (ELC) is a group pioneering the best in education with innovative, leading-edge design through a program that builds connections in children’s brains when they are most receptive. Day One ELC creates meaningful work for early childhood teachers. With this approach, we can achieve new standards of success: sustainability, access, and a lifelong foundation for learning. The lives of our children and families will be transformed from Day One.

We can begin a child’s education from Day One, helping them learn through play, ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

As parents, and as a community, we want to give each and every child the best. Yet, in the vital time from 6 weeks to 3 years, when their brains have neural pathways ready to learn, our children are missing out. Day One’s mission is to provide the best early learning opportunities in New York State, with affordable access for all children and families, beginning right here in Poughkeepsie.

For children, early childhood education is as important as college. The brain that will serve them for a lifetime begins learning on Day One.

At Day One Early Learning Community, each child’s brain will develop vital neural networks that are the foundation for lifelong learning. From ages 0–5 (and especially 0–3,) it is essential that we create enriching learning opportunities to prepare kids to arrive at kindergarten at grade level. Day One changes the futures of our children.

Each second, a baby’s or toddler’s brain makes over 1,000,000 connections.

The early years are a precious time for brain development. Babies are born ready to learn, and their brains get wired through experiences with their environment.

Many types of interactions help each child form strong and lasting brain connections, such as:

  • A warm, responsive relationship with one or more adults
  • Playful interactions with objects, peers and the natural environment
  • Hearing language throughout the day
  • Sharing back and forth experiences with an adult following the child’s lead
  • A safe place to learn and grow

When the nation’s best minds in early childhood education collaborate with teachers who have spent 25 years putting these ideas to the test the result is the highest quality early childhood education—we call it Day One.