a childhood

like

no other!

Family-Focused Care As Unique As Your Child

A Childhood

LIKE

No Other

Family-Focused Care As Unique As Your Child

Preschool & Child Care Center Serving South Bend, IN

Mission Driven & Independently Owned & Operated since 1988

As an employee-owned center led by passionate director, Mellody Buzalski, you will always feel welcome and understood. Visit us and find out what makes us a premier child care provider in South Bend.

A Historic Treasure Inspires Experiential Learning

Imagine going to school every day in a natural environment overlooking the St. Joseph River. In your child’s unique, charming, home­-away-from-home, beautiful airy classrooms furnished with natural materials complement a massive outdoor space for creative play, physical activities, and community events.

A Unique Riverfront Location...

Your child will learn, discover, and explore natural wonders in their own playground along the bank of the St. Joseph River. They will love the breathtaking views and the thrilling action of the East Race Waterway.

Outdoor Playgrounds Provide Daily Adventures

Happy, healthy kids play daily in multiple age-separated spaces along the river walk. Your child will love climbing on natural structures, tending beautiful gardens, and connecting with nature in the fresh air.

Experienced Teachers Collaborate With Your Family

Our enthusiastic team of leaders and caregivers are dedicated to the mission of quality early childhood education. With continuity of care, you have peace of mind and feel part of our family.
Experienced Teachers Collaborate With Your Family

Proudly Accredited By NAEYC
Rated Level 4 By Paths to Quality

Personalized Attention In Our Tiny Village

Exclusive NAEYC accreditation means higher standards than state requirements. Fewer than 10% of schools nationwide receive this prestigious distinction. This commitment to excellence promotes individualized learning and growth in a high-quality environment.

Comprehensive, Research-Based High-Scope Preparation

Open-ended learning through play, supplemented with lesson plans and classroom routines will inspire your child’s natural curiosity while preparing them for school. The trusted Highscope© curriculum fosters creativity, confidence, independence and social-emotional development.

Healthy Meals Included For Your Convenience

Nourishing minds, bodies and stomachs means keeping a full-time kitchen manager on the team to lovingly prepare home-cooked meals for your child. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are all included and tailored to food sensitivities.

Music, Dance & Exercise Enrich Daily Learning

From baby signing, which boosts early communication in our littlest learners, to music, exercise, and dance, your child will express themselves through exciting enrichments. Optional extras include gymnastics, soccer and yoga.

Field Trips & Guest Visits Make Marvelous Memories

Kids will love walking to nearby Howard Park, visiting Potawatomi Zoo, the fire station, the pumpkin patch, and many other exciting South Bend attractions. Local authors, police, fire personal and community leaders often drop in for memorable meet-and-greets.

Guest Visits Make Marvellous Memories

Safe and Secure In A Small Community Where Everyone Cares

We know it takes a village to raise a child. As part of our little family, our team of certified caregivers are committed to providing “a childhood like no other.” Our “hidden gem” destination ensures a safe and secure experience.

Open Communication & Support When You Need It

Stay connected via social media, monthly newsletters and receive detailed daily updates via the Smartcare™ app. Participate in parent-teacher conferences and get involved in our PTO. Speech and behavioral therapy are available when necessary. We support and encourage active participation throughout your child’s development.

We Proudly Accept Scholarships and Offer Flexible Options To Suit Any Budget

Hear What Parents Have To Say...

"We have loved every teacher. I highly recommend this place for child care!!"
"We have loved every teacher. I highly recommend this place for child care!!"
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This is the most amazing early learning center! We have sent both of our boys here starting at 12 months, and our experience has been nothing short of exceptional. The director is a hands-on, dedicated advocate for the kids. There is very little turnover in staff, and we have loved every teacher the boys have had. I highly recommend this place for child care.

- Heather Holleman

"The teachers and staff work extremely hard to teach each child!"
"The teachers and staff work extremely hard to teach each child!"
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The AMAZING staff treats you like family and your child as if they were their own. They take your concerns into account and learn each child and parent individually. The teachers and staff work extremely hard to teach each child all that they can. I am completely blown away each time my child comes home having learned something. This place is everything a parent could want and more!

- Christina Elfar

"We’re proud to be part of this community!"
"We’re proud to be part of this community!"
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I cannot sing enough praises for EB Learning Center! My daughter has been there for two years so far and she loves her teachers. As a parent, I love to know that the classes use Highscope curriculum to provide a structured day and that my child is being well-prepared to transition to pre-k. The staff and director are so incredibly hardworking, supportive, and nurturing. We’re proud to be part of this community.

- Leslie Brenner

"I am truly blessed to have found this center and recommend it to everyone!"
"I am truly blessed to have found this center and recommend it to everyone!"
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We have been a part of the EBLC family for 6 years now through 3 different children. The care, love, and commitment that the staff and teachers show each and every day to make our family feel safe and secure. They have kept their Highscope early education certification since the center opened. I am truly blessed to have found this center and recommend it to everyone who asks.

- Erinn Fuller

"So happy we came to East Bank. My kids don’t cry when they get dropped off!"
"So happy we came to East Bank. My kids don’t cry when they get dropped off!"
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My kids LOVE it here and every single teacher loves those kids like their own. So happy we came to East Bank. My kids don’t cry when they get dropped off. Sometimes they don’t even want to leave! Lol. My point is that they deserve an A+. Especially now during this pandemic. They’re sanitizing everyone’s lockers now and since we’ve had them home for a week. I highly recommend.

- Bree St. Amand

"I absolutely love this place! I would leave my son here for as long as I could"
"I absolutely love this place! I would leave my son here for as long as I could"
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I absolutely love this place. The children get to do a variety of activities, from singing, dancing, painting, coloring, play dough, water activities, and lots more. I would leave my son here for as long as I could. I have total confidence that not only his basic needs are being provided at East Bank, but that he is also learning and being challenged and feels loved and cared for while there.

- Hannah Stowe

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