Early Learning

Welcome to the ELC

The child has, a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking...

From the poem "No way. The hundred is there." by Loris Malaguzzi, founder, philosopher and guide of the Reggio Emilia approach.


The Early Learning Center (ELC) is home to our youngest learners, children from ages 3 to 5. It is a children’s center where joy, play, wonder, curiosity, inquiry and creativity are the ways in which children learn. We recognize and respect the potential of each child to communicate their understandings, thoughts and feelings using many different “languages” as ways of expression. These may include music, dramatic play, sculpture, painting, drawing, singing, dancing, photography, video, words, stories, poems, climbing, running, and many, many more.

Through the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, we endeavor to foster children’s learning through the development of all their “languages” and by creating an environment to support this way of thinking and being.


The ELC, adjacent to a lovely park, is housed in a purpose-built building across a few minutes walk from the main YIS campus. There are classrooms, an atelier (art studio), and large communal area called, the Piazza, which includes the dining area, library and plenty of space for creative exploration. Upstairs is the school auditorium. The ELC also has a playground for outdoor activities and terrace areas in the front and back of the building.