We partner with trained volunteers and community groups to offer a variety of programs to strengthen families. Children and parents enjoy programs such as reading groups, nutrition classes, nature clubs, parenting workshops and more. Through the power of play, parents and children have fun developing the skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives.

With a focus on the benefits of nature in children’s healthy development, the ELC offers activities and special events that support your child’s social-emotional development and school-readiness through literacy, art, science, music, gardening, health and wellness activities that can be accomplished with parents, caregivers, siblings and new friends from the ELC.

Facilitated by trained volunteers, Mighty Motor Skills, Discovery Zone and Storytime offer exciting moments to bond while explaining the developmental importance of play. Healthy and Fit Together, Garden Club and Music and Movement build healthy lifestyle habits while getting kids connected with nature and exercise. Check out our calendar for more information.

Monthly Programs

Healthy and Fit Together
Ages 3 to 6
Activities include 30 minutes of physical activity that engage both child and caregiver as well as promote healthy meal options, cooking and take-home recipes.

Let’s Get Moving!
Ages 2 to 6
Come play and strengthen gross motor skills by throwing, jumping, kicking, balancing, using flexibility and much more.

Toddler Fun!
Ages 0 months-2 years
Infants and toddlers engage in activities that support all areas of development while dancing, engaging in storytelling and various hands-on, lively activities.

Garden ClubGarden Group parents and kids
In partnership with Master Gardeners and interns from CSUN’s Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, ELC provides weekly hands-on gardening activities as well as lessons on nutrition, overall wellness and sustainability in the ELC Outdoor Classroom as well as the Children’s Garden. Families are given opportunities to sample and enjoy fruits and vegetables that have been harvested. Families learn how to grow and take care of plants, take home recipes and engage in arts and crafts activities in the garden.

Seasonal Programs

Come enjoy our various Seasonal Programs, which are focused on parents and children growing and learning together in a safe, fun environment with other families. Check out our calendar for more information.

Reading is Fun!Tooth Fairy cleaning teeth
C.A.L.M. Baby
Mighty Motor Skills
Tranquil Tuesdays
Toddler Fun!
Germ Busters
Healthy Teeth, Happy Kids
Groovy Movers
And many, many more

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Summer Solstice
Fall Equinox
Back to School Health and Safety Fair
Winter Solstice

Learning Lunches

Learning Lunches are hosted the first Wednesday of every month by local professionals who present information on different topics of interest. “Picky Eaters” and “Promoting Positive Behaviors” are some of the most popular topics.
Check out our calendar for more information. 

My daughter LOVES the Healthy and Fit Class and she thinks story time is wonderful. We have enjoyed Yoga and Sensory classes. Really, she loves ALL the programs. The volunteers here are wonderful! When you ask anything, they help and they are so kind. Everything we learn at the ELC is such great reinforcement for what I am teaching her at home. This important education from ELC helps support me as a mom. It is great to have free play and many activities and toys to choose from. We know how good this is for our kids. My daughter asks me to go there every day because she loves it so much.

– Sonia Basel
ELC Mom of Layla