Early Learning Center

  • ELC Logo John Silber Early Learning Center
    99 Hawthorne St, Chelsea MA 02150 - Map and Directions
    Tel: 617-466-5150
    Fax: 617-889-4825

    Principal: Jacqueline Bevere
    Assistant Principal(s): Margo DiBiasio and Kim Overbaugh
    Parent Liaison: Krishell Orellana

    Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1
    School Day: 8:13 am to 11:05 am or 11:45 am to 2:20 pm (pre-K); 8:13 am to 2:20 pm (K and 1st)
    School Uniform: No
    School Mascot: Bee

    The John Silber Early Learning Center (ELC) serves children in pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. The Center serves all students, including English Language Learners and children with special education needs. The school is bright and child-friendly. Every classroom has its own child-sized bathroom and sink. There are also indoor and outdoor gardens that the children help to create and tend. All children receive free breakfast and lunch at the ELC. Children who stay for extended-day or after-school activities also receive a snack. All regular education pre-K enrollment is decided through a lottery. Families may sign up for the lottery at the Parent Information Center, housed in the same building as the ELC. For more information about the lottery process, please click here.

  • ELC Logo John Silber Early Learning Center
    99 Hawthorne St, Chelsea MA 02150 - Map and Directions
    Tel: 617-466-5150
    Fax: 617-889-4825

    Principal: Jacqueline Bevere
    Assistant Principal(s): Margo DiBiasio and Kim Overbaugh
    Parent Liaison: Krishell Orellana

    Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1
    School Day: 8:13 am to 11:05 am or 11:45 am to 2:20 pm; 8:13 am to 2:20 pm (K and 1st)
    School Uniform: No
    School Mascot: Bee

    The John Silber Early Learning Center (ELC) serves children in pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. The Center serves all students, including English Language Learners and children with special education needs. The school is bright and child-friendly. Every classroom has its own child-sized bathroom and sink. There are also indoor and outdoor gardens that the children help to create and tend. All children receive free breakfast and lunch at the ELC. Children who stay for extended-day or after-school activities also receive a snack. All regular education pre-K enrollment is decided through a lottery. Families may sign up for the lottery at the Parent Information Center, housed in the same building as the ELC. For more information about the lottery process, please click here.

Our Academic Approach

    • The Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) half-day program is a language-based program that focuses on developing social-emotional, early math and early literacy skills. The half-day program offers both morning and afternoon options. (See the Extended Day Programming information on the next tab)
    • The Kindergarten program also includes instruction to develop social-emotional learning, and daily core academic classes, such as math and reading. All Kindergarten students have physical education, art and music classes on a weekly basis.
    • The ELC also houses several first-grade classrooms. These classes offer the same academic program and social-emotional learning opportunities as the district’s four elementary schools.
    • Our special education programs include Social Communications Program for students with autism and those who need added support to further develop age-appropriate communication and interaction skills.
    • The Caminos Dual Language Immersion Program (link) is offered at the Kindergarten level at the ELC. Students in this program study in both Spanish and English. Enrollment for the Caminos program is lottery-based and space is limited.
    • The ELC also provides support services for English Language Learners and early reading intervention services for students who are struggling in their early literacy development.
    • Click here for our Accelerated Improvement Plan
    • Click here for our School Report Card

After School Programs and Extended Day

    • The Kindergarten and Grade 1 after-school program offers enrichment activities in reading, math, science, and social studies, as well as time to move, socialize, and have fun. There is a fee of $5 per school day for this program and families are billed monthly prior to the start of the upcoming month.
    • Enrollment in all of ELC’s afterschool programs is determined by lottery. Detailed information regarding lottery can be found below under “Starting School at Chelsea Public Schools”.
    • A PK extended day option is available for working parents or parents attending school full time. A nominal fee is charged. Detailed information regarding the lottery can be found at the Parent Information Center.
    • Please call Assistant Principal, Kim Overbaugh at 617-466-5150 for further information.

Starting School at CPS

    • Eligible Ages
      • Half day Pre-Kindergarten program:s 4 years old by August 31st. The child must be a resident of
        Chelsea and toilet-trained by the September they start in pre-K.
      • Extended Day lottery: 3 or 4 years old by August 31 st.
      • Kindergarten: 5 years old by August 31 st.
      • Grade 1 student at any of the four elementary schools and the ELC: 6 years old by August 31 st.
    • Enrollment at the ELC for Pre-K half day programming and extended day programming is determined by
      lottery. Staff hold information sessions about the lottery application process in February each year.
      Please click here to find detailed information about the lottery process.
    • In mid-August, each Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten family will receive a letter from the ELC
      informing them of a private appointment time during the Orientation Week during the last week of
      August. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students start school 3 to 4 school days later than other
      students in Grades 1 and above. Orientation Week allows classroom teachers to schedule individual
      appointments with each student and his/her guardian(s) so the student can be introduced to the
      teaching staff and visit their new classroom in a low stress setting. Guardian(s) will fill out important
      emergency and pick-up information as well as other permission forms at this appointment.
    • ELC First Graders will begin school on the same date as all of the other schools in district. First Grade
      parents should plan to fill out important emergency and pick-up information as well as other permission
      forms when they drop off their students in the morning of the first day of school.

New This Year!

    • The ELC has increased from one set of Caminos Kindergarten classrooms to two sets for a total of 4 dual language kindergarten classrooms to allow more children the opportunity to access this Spanish and English dual language immersion program.
    • The ELC is excited to announce the opening of a Positive Behavior Support space within the school. This new space has been made possible partly through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education. Teachers and students will utilize this space to practice and facilitate social awareness, self- awareness, self-management, decision making, and relationship building.
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