The Early Learning Research Academy (ELRA) is an early childhood development and research center at Rutgers University–Camden. ELRA serves a population of 316 infants, toddlers and preschoolers every 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 ELRA 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!