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Bronx Early Learning Center

Preparing Children for Their School Age Years

About the Bronx Early Learning Center

The Bronx Early Learning Center (BELC) is a vibrant and nurturing preschool special education program for children between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years. The early learning center provides services to 236 students in 22 classrooms. In addition to special education services, children may receive speech, occupational or physical therapy, and counseling. There is also a full-time nurse on site.

The BELC is approved by the New York City Department of Education as an Interim Alternate Bilingual Program (IABP), which means that bilingual speech therapy services, bilingual teaching staff, bilingual social services staff, and a bilingual multidisciplinary evaluation team are provided to serve children and families whose primary language is Spanish. The early learning center also participates in the New York State Education Department Breakfast and Lunch Program, as part of the Child Nutrition Program, and serves a daily breakfast, lunch and snack to students, at no cost to families.

We are looking for New York State certified teachers to join our interdisciplinary team of professionals who are changing children's lives as they prepare for their school age years. Learn more.

For more information about the Bronx Early Learning Center, call (718) 466-3580. 

"Volunteers of America’s Bronx Early Learning Center is a pleasant and child-centered environment that enables students and their families to gain confidence and obtain support. I was very happy to hear staff members clearly articulate why they love what they do, and why this age group is a particular joy to them."

Carmen Fariña, former NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor

Teachers and parents talk about the incredible change they've seen in students at the BELC:


The BELC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


The BELC is also a New York State Education Department approved preschool special education program.