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 https://daycare.nwic.edu .

Contact Us

For more information contact:
Katherine Friday, Early Learning Center Director, by email at elc@nwic.edu or by phone at 360-392-4264 or toll free at 866-676-2772 ext. 4264

Click here to register for the ELC wait list

The Early Learning Center

News and Announcements

Spring is Here and So are We: NWIC Preschoolers Learn to Explore!

Posted on28 May 2019
Written by Alex Stribling, Preschool Teacher Northwest Indian College Early Learning Center   Do you hear those sounds? They are the sounds of birds, bugs, and children playing!  It is spring, and we are fully experiencing the new season at Northwest Indian College’s Early Learning Center. One of our goals in our preschool room is to keep children exploring their indigenous roots through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education while having fun. April has...
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New Sensory Garden at NWIC Early Learning Center

Posted on09 Apr 2019
The NWIC Early Learning Center’s newly installed Sensory Garden supports children’s education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The garden has been thoughtfully designed to allow young children to observe, explore, and interact with a small ecosystem featuring plants that are indigenous to the area, hold traditional significance, and/or provide textural or botanical interest. The space provides a living laboratory where children can engage in experiential learning of STEM concepts at...
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Native Children Living on Salish Sea Meet and Greet Sea Creatures

Posted on06 Dec 2018
In early November, the Salish Sea Research Center team from Northwest Indian College visited the NWIC Early Learning Center classrooms. The students were excited to see what they had brought because the scientists arrived with a mysterious, big, red ice chest. The children called it “a treasure chest of sea creatures!” The older children learned more about these creatures as they painted oyster and clamshells. The toddlers were more interested in trying to put creatures...
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Early Learning Center Open House Sept 13th

Posted on11 Sep 2018
  NWIC Early Learning Center New & Returning Families are invited! Thursday September 13th from 2:00-4:30 Building #18 on Lummi Campus -Learn about ELC services and how to apply -Complete Registration Paperwork -Family safety information & Door Prizes! -Visit your child’s classroom & meet the Teachers -Receive information about your child’s classroom schedule, supply list and upcoming activities Unable to attend? Sign-up for the wait list here

NWIC Receives American Indian College Fund Grant for Early Childhood Education

Posted on10 Sep 2018
Engaging Native Children in STEM:  What Our X’epy (Cedar People) and Scha’nexw (Salmon People) Can Teach Us about the World and Cosmology   Northwest Indian College has received another Early Childhood Education (ECE) grant entitled, For the Wisdom of the Children: Strengthening the Teacher of Color Pipeline, from the American Indian College Fund.  It has three areas of focus: Strengthening and expanding the teacher of color pipeline; Developing more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)...
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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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