Early Learning Center

Child Care on Campus

The Northwest Indian College’s Early Learning Center is an Early Achievers rated program that 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, elc@nwic.edu at 360-392-4260 or toll free at 866-676-2772 ext. 4260

Registration for the ELC wait list can be found here.

The Early Learning Center

News and Announcements

ELC Outdoor Learning Classroom Opening Celebration

Posted on14 May 2018
A gathering for Northwest Indian College’s Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative recently took place at the Early Learning Center on campus.  Joined by parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents, elders, close friends, and children, the community celebrated the completion of the ELC Outdoor Learning Classroom.   While listening to the Eagle Blessing Song, a song that comes from the water, alongside the beating of a drum, a child looks with intention and focus. That itself is...
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Lawrence Solomon Shares Song and Dance with ELC

Posted on06 Mar 2018
Fingers wrapped tightly Crossed laces Skin pulled taut By firelight or heat Echo now Rhythm Hearts, Ancestors, Lives Give sound to movement Always forward Never forgotten With us, in us Who we are Who we will be Generations Hope Of those who came before For those who come after Each wanting more For the next Echoing Feet moving Rhythm Remembered, new, to come Fingers wrapped tightly Crossed laces Imparting wisdom Gifting hope The drum, the...
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Focus on Children Conference

Posted on06 Mar 2018
On February 3rd, Bellingham Technical College hosted the 33rd annual Focus on Children conference.  The conference, which draws early childhood educators from a five-county region and over five Tribal Nations, is designed to: (1) provide professional development and networking opportunities to those working with young children and families; (2) promote inclusive attitudes and practices and support awareness of and action related to diversity issues; and (3) support partnerships and collaboration among educators, families, providers, school,...
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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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