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We offer preschool programs and extended childcare services to Great Basin College students, employees, and community members. Our developmental early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment for young children 2 to 6 years of age. Our curriculum is “child-centered” which promotes the physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual growth, as well as, the language development of young children while responding to the needs of families.

We are a lab school providing training to the Early Childhood Education students on campus in conjunction with the college’s Early Childhood Education program.

The Great Basin College Child Center staff views the children as the heart of the program.  Each child is an individual who takes an active role in his/her own learning. The teachers provide an age appropriate environment and curriculum that are supported by a flexible schedule. A balance of active and quiet, large and small group activities, as well as individual one to one time, promotes development and skill building in all learning areas.

The children have opportunities to select activities from a variety of classroom learning stations. They are allowed to plan and carry out their own activities, within the structure of the daily routine, which enables them to become creative self-directed learners and problem solvers. 

For details about our accreditation, licensure, philosophy, mission, and goals, please click the About the Center link. If you have further questions or want to enroll a child, please contact us.


The Center is located on the
Great Basin College Campus
(see #20 on campus map).

To enroll a child ages 2 through 5, please contact the center at 775.753.2224 or stop by the center in person between 8 am and 4 pm, when the front office is staffed.

Demand for enrollment is great, so it's best to plan ahead. The center maintains a waiting list.

The center follows the schedule of the Elko County School District and is closed during the month of July.


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