Parent Testimonials

See why your neighbors entrust their children’s well-being and growth to UNC Health Johnston's Early Learning Center in Smithfield.

"We have been using the ELC for 6+ years with 2 children. Both children started at 13 weeks old, and we were completely comfortable with the ELC staff and our children. We absolutely love it. My children love going to the ELC & the peace of mind knowing staff love and care for my children as if they were their own! My 6-year-old was more than prepared for Kindergarten & we were so impressed with her educational skills from the program preparing her for kindergarten. They’ve been remarkable with COVID protocols and safety - we are so lucky to have the ELC as a choice for our children!

-Kellie Smith

“I have 2 children who have been in the care of the ELC. My daughter was there from age 2 until she started Kindergarten and my son has been there since 12 weeks old. The staff are friendly and take great care of the children. The curriculum is outstanding and my daughter was more than prepared for Kindergarten. I never worry about protocol not being followed and the Center is cleaned to the same standard as the hospital. It is a safe, fun, loving environment for all children. Highly recommended!”

-Lee Byrd

“My little guy has attended ELC since almost 2 years old. He is 5 now and I couldn’t imagine having him anywhere else. He has thrived and learned so much from his experience at the center. They have performed exceptionally during Covid and assisting the students in their virtual environment as well. Thank you ELC for the care you’ve shown to our family.”

-Michelle Bradley

We love the Early Learning Center and are so lucky to have this center in our community. My son loves his teachers and I am at ease when dropping him off in the mornings. I know he is in a safe environment and gets to learn how to interact with others at a young age. Thank you ELC for all you do!”

-Katie Smith

“Early Learning Center is a top-notch childcare facility. The staff are amazing- very attentive to our daughter’s needs and always professional. We feel comfortable and confident in the care provided by ELC and highly recommend it for children of all ages!

-Erin Smith

“We love ELC! We tried a different daycare closer to my work for a short period of time but came right back to ELC. We won't be going anywhere else, I completely trust the staff and the care they provide. It is a comfort to me that they are part of a hospital system, I feel confident that my children are safe and well cared for and that means everything. On top of that, the food is nutritious (one of my biggest requirements when searching for care), the communication is fantastic, and the teachers are so knowledgeable and caring. Highly recommend!”

-Alyssa H.

“We've been at the ELC for about 1 year now. I can't say enough good things. I've been nervous about sending my children (3 in total) anywhere during the pandemic but I know this place is following hospital grade procedures to keep everyone safe. Plus, it's an excellent value cost-wise considering I feel like the most important parent every time I interact with their staff.

-Andrew Byrd IV

Take a Tour

Call 919-938-7578 to schedule a tour of the Early Learning Center and meet our teachers. You may also take a virtual tour.