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Welcome to the Early Learning Research
Academy at Rutgers–Camden

Overview

Welcome to the Early Learning Research Academy (ELRA), an early childhood development and research center at Rutgers University–Camden. ELRA serves a population of 126 infants, toddlers and preschoolers each year in state-of-the-art classrooms. Its holistic model provides these children and their families with the early cognitive and socio-emotional development needed to eliminate the achievement gap for urban, minority youth. 

In addition, ELRA’s research unit collaborates with national experts from Rutgers and other universities to conduct applied research studies on childhood development and adds indispensable research to the national discussion on early childhood education.

The mission of the Early Learning Research Academy is to enhance the future school success of Camden City children from birth through age five by providing high-quality, research-based education and comprehensive wellness services while improving research and best practices in early childhood development and education. At ELRA, Preparing for College Begins at Birth!

Preschool School Program

For 260 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. Click here for more information

Infant and Toddler Development Program

For 56 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.
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