Summer Camp ELRC

Summer Camp 2024

Registration is now open for Summer Camp 2024 at the ELRC! Registration will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Summer Camp will be held from June 3rd through July 19th.
  • The UofM and Summer Camp will be closed June 19th and July 4th. 
  • All campers must be 3 years old by June 1, 2024 and fully potty-trained. Children who are not fully potty-trained upon the start of camp will not be eligible to attend. 
  • All campers will receive an ELRC summer camp backpack their first day of camp.
  • Space is limited, so click here to register!
  • Tuition for our camp is $275 per week with a 7-week contractual commitment to pay, regardless of attendance. 



The Montessori Track

Montessori I Pre-Primary Classroom for age three through kindergarten

Our teaching practices and many of our extraordinary materials were developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, physician and educator, and one of the most highly original thinkers of the twentieth century. Her philosophy of education, and our demonstration of it, emphasize respect for young children, independence of spirit, freedom of choice, community feeling, beauty and order in the environment, and the joy of learning.

Montessori was one of the first educators to assert that children learn experientially, through movement and sense perception; accordingly, our curriculum depends on children's independent, "hands-on" exploration of the classroom areas: Practical Life, Art, Sensorial, Math, Language and Geography & Culture, which includes Science. Children ages three to six are grouped together to suit the specific needs of their stage of development. Children are admitted only at age three and it is be considered a three-year-long program.


Reggio Emilia Inspired  Classroom





The Reggio Emilia Inspired (RI) Track

The Reggio Emilia inspired (RI) collaboration was developed for use in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms. The method focuses on the idea of a self-guided curriculum, where the students learn the curriculum through exploration and projects to tailor the learning to their interests. The curriculum emerges based on children's observation and experiences of their world.

The teacher guides the children's interests into a project where outcomes are determined by the children. Many learning abilities can be satisfied by the collaboration process. The product becomes part of the process rather than the ending of a project. This upholds the mission of our laboratory early childhood school for the University of Memphis.

Learn more about Reggio Emilia >


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First 8 Memphis Partnership

First Eight Memphis works to ensure that every child in Memphis and Shelby County can reach their full potential by building a strong start during the first 8 years of life. Over the last 4 years, our unique partnership with F8M has allowed us to serve families in a way that promotes equity and alignment for all of our students, including those who meet the F8M eligibility criteria. Our First Eight Program is currently embedded within our Reggio Emilia-Inspired program track and offers the same high quality, early childhood educational environment and experiences that are offered across all of our ELRC classrooms. 

  • Children must be 4 years of age on or before August 15, 2024 to apply.
  • Additional documentation may be requested after the application is submitted.
  • First Eight Memphis prioritizes program enrollment for children whose households meet the 2024-2025 Income Eligibility Guidelines.
  • If you are interested in applying, please reach out to our Family Engagement Coordinator Chareon Wilson at cghrris1@memphis.edu