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Bronx Early Learning Center

Preparing Children for Kindergarten

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About the Bronx Early Learning Center

The Bronx Early Learning Center is a vibrant and nurturing preschool special education program for children between the ages of 3-5 years. The early learning center serves 250 students in 22 classrooms, two of which are integrated classrooms providing educational services to preschool students with disabilities alongside typically developmentally preschoolers, the latter as part of the Pre-K for All program.

In addition to special education services, children may receive speech therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, and physical therapy. The BELC is approved by the New York City Department of Education an Interim Alternate Bilingual Program, which means that bilingual speech therapy services, bilingual classroom staff, and bilingual multidisciplinary evaluations are provided to serve our children and families whose primary language is Spanish. The BELC also participates in the New York State Education Department Breakfast and Lunch Program, as part of the Child Nutrition Program, and daily breakfast, lunch & snacks are provided to the children at no cost to the family.

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. You can apply here!

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."

Former NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña

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.