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About Us

Our "Whole-Child" Approach


Branford Early Learning Center Inc. (BELC) is a State Department of Education funded agency providing the children of working parents with high quality, affordable child care and early childhood education. Our NAEYC accredited center concentrates on the whole child: nutritional well-being, physical and emotional health, social relationships and academic growth. 

By achieving these goals for children in a warm, caring environment, the center allows parents to reach their goals of self-sufficiency with full confidence that their children are safe and well cared for.  We support positive relationships among children, parents and staff by realizing that parents are their child’s first teacher and we need to work together to provide the best future for “our” children.

Accreditation & Licensure


We are monitored by the State Office of Early Childhood (OEC), licensed by the Department of Public Health, and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and take pride in our efforts to meet and exceed high standards of care and academic enrichment. 

School Readiness


Kindergarten readiness is more than the ability to say the ABC’s, count, identify colors, and write your first name. The BELC philosophy is that readiness isn't just knowing the academic basics. It means a child has a willing attitude and confidence in the process of learning: a healthy state of mind. BELC & families help their children gain this state of mind by being responsive to all areas of their children’s development—physical, emotional, social, cultural, language, and cognitive. 

Proud Recipient of the Following Grants

Branford Community Foundation

The Branford Community Foundation, founded in 1980, is a public, nonprofit, tax exempt, charitable trust. It provides an administrative, philanthropic service–a means by which public-spirited citizens may make gifts or bequests, the income from which is distributed for educational, cultural, health, social and civic needs.

Dave's Dream

Dave's Dream Foundation seeks to inspire and empower our youth by providing support and opportunity to those in need to further themselves through athletic and artistic endeavors.

Allstate Insurance/Stephanie Lupoli