About The Village

“It takes a village to raise a child….”

The Village Early Learning Center is a 10,500 square foot, free-standing school for young learners located at 3741 Canoga Park Drive, Brandon, Florida. The purpose-built childcare center was completed in 2000 and has undergone several improvements and renovations throughout more than 18 years of success.

Much more than daycare, The Village Early Learning Center is a NAEYC accredited preschool using a project-based curriculum with a team of professional early childhood educators. Student-to-teacher ratios at The Village ELC are among the best in the greater Brandon area, and the school is spacious and full of learning opportunities. Please see NAEYC.org to learn more about our accreditation.

Below are some of the features that set Village Early Learning Center apart as the premier preschool and childcare center in the greater Brandon area!

Our Mission

Guided by the principles established by our accrediting agency, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education, The Village Early Learning Center partners with families, children, and the greater Brandon community to provide a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum and high quality, comprehensive, early learning experience for our students. Our mission is to facilitate development in our young students by meeting their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and creative needs through nurturing co-learning experiences and uniting with parents.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the place children experience positively as their “second family” with feelings of warmth, love, respect, and acceptance evident in all we say and do. The staff value the caring interactions and mutual respect for themselves, the children, and our families. The staff are valued for their passion, their knowledge, and their commitment to quality. The parents are valued and supported as their child’s first teacher and our critical partner in for the well-being of their child. We hope our presence in the community encourages all parents with young children to seek quality early education and other schools to strive to meet or exceed our example.

Safety and Security

Our lobby features a biometric thumbprint recognition system for secure access to the building.  Students are checked in and out by their parents using a fingerprint or unique code. High-definition video cameras monitor all areas of the classrooms as well as outdoor spaces. The video is recorded and reviewed for your child’s safety as well as staff training. Every classroom has windows along the hallway so that activities can be monitored unobtrusively simply by walking through the building. Teachers and administrators do not release children to non-authorized adults, and visitors are not allowed inside the school unless accompanied by an administrator.

Cultivating Academic Excellence

Our school boasts the highest VPK scores in the greater Brandon area for large schools. We have lower student-to-teacher ratios and a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum that recognizes the multiple ways children learn. From the infant classroom through the school-age program, we focus on a child’s growth in the areas of cognition, social skills, behavioral competence, creativity, and physical abilities. In our classrooms, as well as outdoors, the environment is seen as “the third teacher,” a concept that is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education.

Healthy Living, Healthy Kids

Well balanced and thoughtful nutrition is a large part of our entire program. Healthy meals and snacks with high quality fresh fruits and vegetables are provided to students in our care. Our peanut-free, nut-free school uses whole grain and whole wheat for breads, pastas, and crackers. Snacks are low in sugar and fat. We do not add salt or butter to any foods and use lower-fat meats, such as turkey. We love to introduce children to healthy eating and wellness! We are able to accommodate children with allergies as well as those with lifestyle or cultural dietary choices such as vegetarianism or not eating pork.

Safe and Well-Maintained Playgrounds

Our outdoor space is shaded and divided by fencing for each age group. The Infant, Toddler, Two year-old, and Young Preschool playgrounds are covered with synthetic grass. This surface reduces insects and heat buildup and keeps mulch from your child’s clothing and shoes. The soft underlayment makes the surface very safe for falls and reduces scratches and cuts. Playgrounds are inspected daily, and all teachers complete a playground safety course. We have outdoor classrooms that offer raised beds and butterfly gardens, as well as an outdoor art studio.

Teaching Cultural Diversity

Our unique Village Piazza is a playroom mirroring the ornate town squares of Europe and representing the different cultures and countries of our families. Role-playing and active investigation make this learning environment a one-of-a-kind experience. Cultural diversity is actively studied and celebrated in our classrooms and through our many community outreach events, such as the annual International Festival, which is usually held on the first Saturday in April.