Dear Future ELM Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Early Learning Matters school programs. My name is Kandy and I serve as the Executive Director and oversee admissions and preschool enrollment. Our team of educators is committed to providing a quality Preschool and Kindergarten experience focused on children ages 3-6. ELM is unique in that we offer a dedicated, thorough, educational program based on traditional practices and innovation in education.
One such innovative program is the explicit teaching of leadership skills to young children. Implemented in 2010, our leadership program teaches 21st-century leadership and life skills to students in a developmentally appropriate manner. The program creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Instead of seeing children through the lens of a normal distribution curve—in which some kids are smart and some less smart, Early Learning Matters paradigm is that every child is capable and every child is a leader. Teachers facilitate the learning of the '7-Habits' and the development of a 'Growth Mindset'.
We are successful in our role as educators when our students begin to see themselves as leaders of themselves. They take charge of their own learning by taking initiative, planning, problem-solving, using resources, building relationships, and engaging fully in their school community. These skills translate to confidence, competence, and present and future academic success.
The best measure of our school is the happiness of our students, parents, and teachers. Please take time to fully review our testimonials, photos, and information on the website. I am certain that you will find ELM to be an excellent start to your child’s educational journey and the best value for early childhood education in the Hillsboro area.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions specific to your situation. I look forward to meeting with you and introducing you and your family to the ELM community.
Kandy Dicken MAT
1) Check the School Programs page under your child's age group to see about current availability for preschool enrollment, pre-k enrollment, and Kindergarten enrollment. If there is no availability, please join our waiting list. We will contact you for a tour when there is an opening in Hillsboro.
2) Sign Up For a Tour if the current availability meets your needs.
3) Providing that ELM is a good fit for your child, you will receive an 'invitation to enroll' via email where you can complete the enrollment form online. We will contact you for payment of the non-refundable enrollment fee and deposit via phone.
4) Your child's space will be held for you!