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Early Learning Center

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Help your child grow, flourish, and build the foundation for school success. Choose UNC Health Johnston’s Early Learning Center, one of the top-rated child care facilities in the Smithfield area. Children ages 6 weeks to 5 years get a well-rounded education and one-on-one attention that helps them thrive.

Recognized for High-Quality Care

Your child benefits from the Early Learning Center’s focus on:

We choose to meet high standards set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, our accrediting agency. It gave us nearly full points on our most recent review.

Also, we have a five-star rating—the highest possible—from the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. You’ll find only a few other child care facilities in the Smithfield area with this top rating.

Parent Testimonials

See how families like yours have benefited from the Early Learning Center’s exceptional care.


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Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Early Learning Center. After opening the tour, select “Additional 360° Views” and “Scene Information” at the top of the screen for more details.


The mission of the Early Learning Center is to provide exemplary early childhood education by offering a program that develops the child emotionally, socially, cognitively, physically, and educationally at his/her own pace. The program is tailored to the child and ensures the quality of a child’s daily experiences while building a foundation for future learning. We aim to make a difference in the lives of children each day.

Location & Hours

Find us at the back of Johnston Medical Mall, on the side along North Street.

From 301 North, turn right at the light past the Johnston Medical Mall (Hospital Road is to the left). Come all the way through the parking lot. You will see our playground. The entrance is at the teal awning.

Contact Information

Early Learning Center

Early Learning Center 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd. Johnston Medical Mall Smithfield, NC 27577
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  • Main Phone: 919-938-7578

Business Hours

6:15 AM - 6:00 PM
6:15 AM - 6:00 PM
6:15 AM - 6:00 PM
6:15 AM - 6:00 PM
6:15 AM - 6:00 PM

We are closed on the following days:

New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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