Early Learning Institute (ELI), incorporated in 1982, is a Palo Alto-based organization founded to increase learning opportunities for young children. Before offering services to the public, its founder, Dr. Charles Bernstein, and other researchers spent several years conducting research on child development and creating what is now known as the "HeadsUp!® Approach" to early learning. This research base and the resulting HeadsUp!® philosophy have served as the anchor for all subsequent development efforts and they continue to distinguish ELI from other organizations offering children's services.
With locations in Palo Alto, San Jose, and Pleasanton, CA, our child development centers borrow from the best model programs and the most recent educational research. Through play and learning games, our program is designed to help lay the necessary foundation of all future learning. The preschool program employs a modified Montessori curriculum and incorporates art, music, and imaginative play into the traditional emphasis on practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, and cultural activities. Because we highly believe in the importance of a bilingual education, we have special bilingual education programs that incorporate foreign language courses into our students’ regular studies to widen their gaze and make them more versatile individuals.