Early Learning Center

Child Care on Campus

Northwest Indian College’s Early Learning Center is pleased to be able to provide child care to the NWIC community. With our state license for child care, we have the capacity to care for up to 18 infants and toddlers, from one month through 3 1/2 years old.

Our primary goal is to serve NWIC students who are parents of young children; as space allows, we are also happy to provide child care for faculty and staff, as well as community members.

Operating hours are 7:45 a.m. through 5:15 p.m., Monday – Friday. Part time scheduling is available in morning and afternoon daily sessions.

Infants follow individual meal schedules; breakfast will be served for toddlers at 9 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and a snack at 2:30 pm.

Parents will be required to indicate their weekly schedule, including drop off and pick up times, at the beginning of each quarter.

Contact Us

For more information contact:
Alicia Allard, Director of the Early Learning Center, aalard@nwic.edu at 360-392-4260 or toll free at 866-676-2772 ext. 4260

The Early Learning Center

News and Announcements

Participating in Professional Development: How Early Learning Center staff members engage in collective inquiry to design meaningful lesson plans for Tribal nations’ youngest citizens

While many Northwest Indian College (NWIC) faculty members and students were off for spring break, early childhood educators from our Early Learning Center (ELC) dedicated one full day to engage in collective inquiry.  Administrators and lead teachers came together for a Professional Learning Community (PLC) co-facilitated by Dr. Anna Lees, Curriculum Coach, Alicia Allard, ELC Director, and Nahrin Aziz-Parsons, Early Childhood Education faculty.   We began our session with a team building exercise, in an...
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NWIC Restorative Teachings Holiday Cedar Weaving and Storytelling Event

Posted on06 Jan 2017
NWIC Restorative Teachings Holiday Cedar Weaving and Storytelling Event      On a blustery and bitterly cold December night, the NWIC Early Learning Center cranked up the heat and welcomed families and community members to celebrate traditional plants and foods in Coast Salish culture.  In spite of the winters chill, the event was an amazing success, with nine enrolled Early Learning Center (ELC) families, and eight families from the Lummi community. The Families came to enjoy fresh grilled...
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The NWIC Early Learning Center rebuilds a natural play area sandbox…

Posted on29 Nov 2016
Sandbox Rebuilding Project During the summer of 2016 the Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center (ELC) Director made the difficult decision to remove the large natural log-lined sandbox from the main play area.  This structure was built by volunteers in 2009 and reflected the tidal shores that surround the Lummi Reservation.  The sandbox was filled with natural sand similar to what you might find on the local beaches, and surrounded by large smooth sections of...
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New video about the Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative

Posted on06 Aug 2016
The American Indian College Fund has released a new video about Northwest Indian College’s Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative. The film is just under three minutes long and is a great way to learn more about NWIC’s newest early childhood education project. Watch the video by clicking here You can learn more about the Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Education Initiative by clicking here  

Sacred Little Ones Initiative Recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Posted on07 Aug 2015
In 2011, Northwest Indian College was one of four Tribal Colleges and Universities that received the “Wakanyeja ‘Sacred Little Ones’ Tribal College Readiness and Success by Third Grade” grant.  The initiative focuses on strengthening early childhood education with Native families and communities.  The purpose of the project is to create innovative, tribally-based activities and solutions that improve early childhood education for Native children and empower families and communities to act as agents of positive change...
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ELC Received Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Grant

Posted on30 Jul 2015
The Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center was selected as a recipient of the Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” grant funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and distributed by the American Indian College Fund. $800,000 has been awarded over a period of four years in order to make improvements in early childhood programs at the NWIC Early Learning Center, Lummi Head Start, Lummi Nation School K-3rd grade and Ferndale Eagleridge Elementary. We are honored to receive...
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