At the IUCC Early Childhood Center, young children grow in confidence, intellect, and character in a small, loving, and educational environment.

We offer a well-balanced, developmental program designed to meet each child’s individual needs. We are committed to developing each child’s full potential as we provide an enriching program of hands-on experiences. Our curriculum is designed to meet young children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, and to prepare them to succeed in kindergarten. Children receive a strong foundation in social skills, cooperation, and conflict management.

Our Vision:

Children grow healthy and strong in body, mind, and spirit in environments that support their needs and teach them to respect the diversity of humankind and to care for the Earth.

Our Mission:

The ECC is dedicated to the well-being of children and families in the Irvine community. We demonstrate this dedication by providing the highest quality preschool experience for children, which we achieve through a caring, cooperative workplace in which human dignity is respected, professional satisfaction and creativity are promoted, positive relationships are modeled, and quality improvement is intentional and continuous.

Our Values:

Because of our association with Irvine United Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ, we value the religious traditions and faith journeys of all people. Our preschool is based on spiritual values common to all faith traditions, such as kindness, generosity, empathy, and respect for differences. All families and their children are welcome. We also emphasize good stewardship of the natural environment and gratitude for the blessings all around us.

Multicultural Environment:

The ECC reflects and promotes the open, affirming, and inclusive values of the Irvine United Congregational Church. Like IUCC, we teach children to challenge discrimination, prejudice, and stereotypes as they grow to respect and understand others. The ECC intentionally incorporates a culturally diverse, anti-bias philosophy in our classroom materials and curriculum activities. ECC staff members are trained to be sensitive to differences in abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, languages, and family constellations as they interact with adults and children in our program.

Although we are directly associated with IUCC, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, the ECC affirms the values common to all religions, faiths, and people of good will, such as compassion, generosity, forgiveness, and peace. Because we respect diversity, when children ask questions regarding opinions on personal or religious beliefs, we will refer them to their parents.