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Founded in 1976, The Manchester Early Learning Center (MELC) is a notable part of the Manchester community.   MELC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The mission of MELC is to provide a safe place with positive role models and quality programs that enable all children to reach their full potential.

MELC was founded by the Manchester Community Service Council (MCSC). The Manchester Community Service Council determined that there were few affordable childcare options for working families in the Town of Manchester.  MELC continues to meet the needs of Manchester families by providing quality and affordable programming for children 3 years of age – 6th grade.

Keeping the cost of care affordable for families is a priority to support our mission. The continued success of our programs relies on the generosity of grants, corporate sponsors, foundations, individuals, and contributors. Whether you are an individual or represent a business or other institution, you can help to ensure that the MELC continues to have the resources, talent, and ability to provide unique services to the Manchester education system. Please consider supporting MELC.

What People Say

MELC runs a smooth program that offers all a parent could want in before / after school childcare. My children get to eat breakfast and burn some energy in an organized manner before they need to sit and learn all day. After school is filled with games, outside play, snack time, and assistance with homework.

Toni Zanks (Parent)

Over the last four years, Manchester Early Learning Center has been an instrumental contributing factor in what we deem in our household as successful balance. We are a household of two full time working parents outside the home and without the support of the MELC before and after school program, we would not have been able to excel in several areas of our life. My children have been cared for, played with, learned from and continue to enjoy their time with all the students and teachers of MELC.

Sandy and Joshua Nemet (Parents)

I enjoy working with MELC because it allows me to help Manchester students become quality citizens in our community. Growing up as a kid in Manchester, this is a way for me to give back to the community and mentor students of all ages.

Joseph Whaley (Staff member)

I have had the pleasure of collaborating with the Directors, District Liaison, Program Managers and staff of Manchester Early Learning Center (MELC) for the past five years at Verplanck Elementary School, Keeney Street School and most recently at Buckley Elementary School. I can say with complete sincerity that MELC has directly impacted the lives of many children.

Ann Johnston (Principal)

My son has been at MELC preschool for over a year. The teachers, as well as the administrative staff have been so supportive and cooperative. I appreciate their collaboration not only with me but with other providers that have been involved. I have enjoyed working with them and will miss them as he transitions to kindergarten.

Michelle Rabinowitz (Parent)