Shelter Island Early Childhood Learning Center
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children have only one childhood.


“to see a world in a grain of sand, 

and a heaven in a wild flower, 

hold infinity in the palm of your hand, 

an eternity in an hour.

-William Blake”


the shelter island early learning center...


integrating the learning environment with a reverence for nature.












 it is wonder, which enables one to embark upon the goodness...





of the human spirit.


children are the embodiment


of wonder.  


consequently, it is essential to foster a child’s own sense of wonder by creating an environment whereby that child can safely explore the essence of childhood

through the spirit of kindness, generosity and compassion.


the most compassionate environment



is nature.








learning begins with a sense of wonder.

children are born with an innate sense of wonder, which is often demonstrated by observing and questioning the environment around them so to make sense of their world. 

Balancing play with intentional provocations and investigations is what the beginning of learning could look like. Using multiple senses to explore the modality by which children best understand the information that is presented to them creates the necessary cognitive connections and associations, while fostering a holistic environment from which to learn.

To nurture a child’s own natural sense of curiosity, is to open the door for child driven learning environment. 

It is here, in this that the passion for learning begins.

The Shelter Island Early Learning Center’s early childhood programs integrate the learning environment with a reverence for the natural world. By helping children listen and consider the feelings of others we create a natural propensity for empathy, caring and compassion ultimately nourishing and encouraging the child’s best self.

find your wings...


“Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses—their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen.” 


Richard Louv,

Last Child in the Woods