About the Early Learning Research Academy (ELRA)

The Early Learning Research Academy (ELRA) is a state-of-the-art service and research center at Rutgers University–Camden that provides early childhood education to 126 infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Camden City.

ELRA goes beyond a traditional early childhood program by emphasizing dual-language learning, literacy and writing and by offering comprehensive health services to families. ELRA also capitalizes on the research mission of Rutgers by documenting learning and advancing research in early childhood education.

ELRA has two key academic programs:

  • Infant & Toddler Development Program for 36 children age 8-weeks to 3-years old. The I-T Program uses a dual-language “World at their Fingertips” curriculum developed by Bright Horizons, Inc.

  • Preschool Program for 90 children age 3-years to 5-years old. The Preschool Program features a dual-language creative curriculum and is part of the Camden Board of Education’s Early Childhood program.

Through ELRA, children strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills and are given a critical head start on kindergarten. ELRA is part of the Community Leadership Center’s Birth-to-College Pipeline which sets children on the path to college.