Rutgers Early Learning Research Academy

The Community Leadership Center is a service and research center at Rutgers-Camden. The Early Learning Research Academy is an early childhood center for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Camden City.

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!

It's a wonderful day for learning and playing with your favorite teachers at the Early Learning Research Academy! Thank to you to our parents for sharing these smiles with us.

We are overjoyed to watch our Early Learning Research Academy toddlers continue to learn at home with support from their dedicated teachers and parents.

Children at the Rutgers Early Research Academy (ELRA) transition to Remote Learning

Due to the Corona Virus public health crises and because we are very concerned with the health of all our children, families, the Rutgers Community Leadership Center will close its doors for all programs. Children enrolled in the preschool and infant/toddlers program at ELRA will be engaging in remote instruction guided by our teachers and staff. CLC Administrative Staff will be telecommuting and available from their homes. LEAP Academy will also closed its school effective March 18, 2020 through March 30, 2020. We will be posting notices on our ELRA, LEAP and CLC website for further updates and with information about the possibility of having to extend the closure beyond March 30. We are cancelling all events and ask that you go online for instructions for all our children. We all have the responsibility to avoid the contagious COVID-19. We want to come back to our normal work schedules safe and healthy.

Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago

Jumpstart at Rutgers-Camden

Read Across America is a day held annually on March 2nd that encourages children in every community to read and also encourages parents and teachers to celebrate the joy of reading.

Letter To Families Regarding Coronavirus (now named COVID-19)

We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation. As of March 2, County health officials report that there are 0 cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Additional detail about these warnings can be found on the CDC website. Click here


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The USAID - US Agency for International Development has awarded Rutgers University—Camden a $3 million grant supporting efforts to launch a Higher Education Center for Ethics, Equity, and Transparency in Paraguay. The Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center will collaborate with Universidad Nacional de Asunción to address issues of government corruption, public accountability, and equality.

Rutgers Early Learning Academy Graduation 2019

Rutgers Early Learning Academy Graduation 2019

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Little graduates getting a big opportunity These Pre-K graduates of Early Learning Research Academy at Rutgers-Camden were on stage, marking their first of many educational milestones.

PNC Bank Grow Up Great program at the Early Learning Research Academy – Community Leadership Center

Rutgers-Camden Scholarship Reception – Community Leadership Center Rutgers-Camden Scholarship Reception Posted February 21, 2018, in News. On Tuesday, February 13, Rutgers Alfredo Santiago Scholars participated in the annual Rutgers-Camden Scholarship Reception to honor donors and student recipients of various scholarships. The Alfredo Santiago Scholarship was esta...

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Rutgers-Camden Prof from Puerto Rico Discusses Maria's Devastation, Future of Island Rutgers University-Camden will hold a conference to discuss how to rebuild Puerto Rico.

Early Learning Research Academy recently was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children – Community Leadership Center

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2017 Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Scholarship Fundraising Gala

Footage from annual Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala. Celebrating 25 years of Educational Excellence

Cuba Conference 2017 – Community Leadership Center

One Week Until Conference on the Future Directions for a New Cuba - Register Today!

Visit from Chief Executive Officer of Fulton Bank of New Jersey – Community Leadership Center Visit from Chief Executive Officer of Fulton Bank of New Jersey Posted October 27, 2017, in News. On Friday, October 27, Angela Snyder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Fulton Bank of New Jersey, visited the Rutgers-Camden Community Leadership Center, Early Learning Research Academy, and LE...

Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago Presented two checks totaling $16,077.65 to Honorable Sila Calderon – Community Leadership Center Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago Presented two checks totaling $16,077.65 to Honorable Sila Calderon Posted October 26, 2017, in News. In the Photo: Luis Declet, Director of the Puerto Rican Art Center at LEAP Academy, Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professo...

Cuba Conference 2017 – Community Leadership Center

Please Save the Date for Conference on the Future Directions for a New Cuba: Building Sustainable Partnerships
November 6-10, 2017

Click here to support Puerto Rico Needs Us Now organized by Gloria Bonilla-santiago This Fund has been established to reach as many people to help and support Puerto Rico and our people now. The need is immediate and we cannot wait to send help. Thousands have lost their homes and everything that they worked for throughout their entire lives. Businesses are gone, hospitals a...

PNC Bank Donates School Supplies to ELRA PNC Bank Donates School Supplies to ELRA September 14, 2017 On Tuesday, September 14, 2017, PNC Bank generously donated 15 crates of school supplies, ranging from crayons, colored paper, glue sticks, puppet making materials, coloring books, and so much more. PNC collected and obtained the supplies t...

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[03/15/17]   ELRA has a 2 hour delay tomorrow March 15th

Cause and Celebration: Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship fund-raising gala LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden held its 17th annual Rutgers University Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship fund-raising gala Dec. 2. The scholarship was established by Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in memory of her husband and is awarded annu

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