St. Joseph Center has an innovative model for its Early Learning Center (ELC). Based on a philosophy that all children deserve a safe, supportive and nurturing environment that helps them develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively, the program encourages children from varying backgrounds to explore and discover through play as well as interactions with peers, adults and their surroundings.

In addition to serving low-income families, Early Learning Center also accepts applications from all families in the community who seek high quality childcare for toddlers and pre-K children. Tuition rates are reasonable and flexible schedules are available. Enrollment is limited, so waiting lists may apply.

A key part of the Center’s model is its “dual-immersion” bilingual classrooms. The opportunity to become bilingual early in life through a high quality bilingual learning environment will open up a new world of possibilities for every child enrolled. The diverse classrooms and the guidance of skilled teachers who are educated in Child Development, help the children at St. Joseph Center develop positive attitudes toward others who are different from themselves and enable children with diverse needs to better achieve their full potential.

A philosophy that values diversity and the development of the whole child, in combination with low teacher-to-child ratios, regular developmental assessments, an emphasis on family involvement, ongoing staff development, and comprehensive services for families who need extra help to maintain stability, makes St. Joseph Center’s ELC one of the best childcare providers in Venice.

Please download our program brochure to learn more about our innovative model, and contact ELC staff at 310-396-6468 ext. 358 for more information about enrollments.

Volunteer Opportunities

Monday through Friday – 9:00am-5:00pm
Early Learning Center (ELC) has three classrooms: a toddler classroom for children 18 months – 3 years of age, one preschool classroom for children 3 to 4 years of age and a prekindergarten classroom for children 4 to 5 years of age.

Volunteer duties include: assisting teachers with arts and crafts projects and assisting in guiding students to various activities, i.e. snacks, lunches, outdoor play, etc.

All volunteers are required to obtain a negative TB test administered by a physician. For adults volunteering more than 28 hours per week, a fingerprint clearance is also required.