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Learn Early Learning Initiative

Early Learning Initiative

The Early Learning Initiative (ELI) creates a vital link between preschool teachers, students, and families, and the collections and live performance resources of University Circle institutions.

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Engaging, interactive lessons and investigations address the learning needs of preschool children and reinforce the skills, knowledge, and dispositions essential for school readiness. ELI inspires a sense of wonder and broadens young children's view of themselves and their world. ELI impacts 900 four and five-year old children, their teachers, and their families, currently serving preschools in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Maple Heights, Lorain, Oberlin, Elyria, Vermilion, and North Olmsted.

 University Circle offers young children and their grownups:

  • Hands-on Learning – Through hands-on learning children are given meaningful experiences that help them commit content to memory.
  • Minds-on Learning – Activities allow children to develop thinking processes and encourage inquiry to build their knowledge base.
  • Hearts-on Learning – The affective benefits that visits to museums and other informal learning environments offer relate to the personal connections made by the learner creating memorable experiences.
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Did You Know? – Early Learning is Important!

Early Childhood, 0-6 years old, is a critical time in the life of a person; research indicates that 90% of brain development occurs before age 6. The brain is developing its framework for all future learning. Young children find an innate joy in learning, and need to explore, discover, and make sense of self and the physical and social world. 

The basis for a child's sound cognitive, social and emotional development is established during this time and informal learning plays a key role by providing a wide range of experiences cultivating a child's observational and inquiry skills.

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Thank you to PNC Bank for helping us create the CircleWalk Adventures: Finding My Place in University Circle activity book! The book complements our CircleWalk self-guided walking tours with activity pages that highlight attractions and landmarks in University Circle. Used in our Early Learning Initiative classes, this book is available for all kids at the University Circle Visitors Center, or at the PNC Bank locations at 2025 Stokes Boulevard and 8220 Carnegie Avenue. Requests for up to 20 booklets can be made by phone at 216-791-3906.

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