Early Learning Center

Child Care on Campus

The Northwest Indian College’s Early Learning Center provides high-quality care and early learning opportunities for the children of students and staff at Northwest Indian College. Our state licensed and Early Achievers rated program offers family-centered care for children ages 1 month to 5 years in our Infant, Toddler and Preschool classrooms.

The ELC provides a quality early learning program offering culturally relevant experiences for the young children in our care. Incorporating ideas from within the community, we support the Lummi belief of LENGESOT: we take care of ourselves, watch out for ourselves, and love and take care of one another.

The Early Learning Center staff are highly trained, and offer a nurturing learning environment with excellent child to caregiver ratios. The staff is committed to protecting children’s health and safety, and creating an environment that is sensitive to supporting children’s home culture, language and values. Our program supports student families to reach their academic goals through flexible scheduling, affordable rates and convenient Lummi campus location.

Operating hours are 7:45 a.m. through 5:15 p.m., Monday-Friday. Classrooms enroll each quarter, and families are accepted on a space-available basis. For more information on current rates or enrollment please contact our office at 360-392-4260 or elc@nwic.edu . To enroll in the online waiting list, please visit http://daycare.nwic.edu .

Contact Us

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

The Early Learning Center

News and Announcements

The Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center Attains High Quality Rating from State’s Early Achievers Program

Posted on20 Dec 2017
  The Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center (ELC) successfully completed its on-site assessment with Washington State Department of Early Learning’s Early Achievers program. The ELC achieved a level three rating: Demonstrating High Quality. This rating demonstrates the center’s commitment to exceed the state minimum licensing standards and to continuously seek ways to improve practices that benefit children, families, and staff.   In order to become a rated center, the ELC spent two years of...
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Hosting Early Childhood Educators from Southwest University in Chongqing, China

Posted on07 Sep 2017
  On Wednesday, August 2nd Northwest Indian College’s Early Childhood Education degree program and Restorative Teachings Initiative hosted 20 visitors from Southwest University in Chongqing, China. The group included ECE faculty and teacher candidates from Southwest University, and practicing teachers from their partnering ECE programs. Their day with Northwest Indian College focused on the land, water, and place based teaching with young children and families. The group was first welcomed at the Lummi Nation Early...
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Washington State Tribal Early Learning Language Summit: ʔutatabəb čəł ‘We are conversing.’

Posted on20 Jun 2017
Washington State Tribal Early Learning Language Summit: ʔutatabəb čəł ‘We are conversing.’   Written by, Oomagelees (Cynthia Wilson, M.Ed.) and Nahrin Aziz-Parsons, M.Ed.   The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) works with Tribal Nations to help ensure all children and families have access to early learning resources and information.  This year, DEL hosted a Tribal Early Learning Language Summit, in order to further reach this goal.   This was the first early learning...
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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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