Welcome to Tulalip
Early Learning Academy

The Tulalip Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy (BJTELA) offers the highest quality services for children ages birth to five, and their families. Our facility, located on approximately 4 acres overlooking Tulalip Bay, strives to maintain excellent early learning standards. We have several options available, including a birth – 3 program (Early Head Start), an age 3 – 5 preschool program offering ECEAP, Montessori, and child care. The school program is free to eligible students.

TELA Expansion

TELA will add an additional three classrooms for the birth-to-three program with the expansion. Once the new wing is complete, the new classrooms will be larger in size and provide space for more kids in each class. The new wing is slated to open in the Fall of 2023.

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Culture and Language

BJTELA is revitalizing the Lushootseed Language and Culture by bringing our cultural way of life back to our children and families through our classroom activities and our special cultural days.

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BJTELA not only offers a quality academic and social/emotional educational experience for children from birth to five, but also provides numerous services that support and strengthen the well-being of children and families.

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At BJTELA, we do our best to ensure that children get their educational needs met academically, culturally, and socially emotionally.

Referral Services

BJTELA provides referral services to children and families including Music Therapy, Reflective Network Therapy, Speech Therapy, and we partner with Marysville School District to provide Developmental Preschool.

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Our Services Include:

  • Education:
    • Child centered, developmentally appropriate curriculum
    • Language and literacy, math and science
    • Social/emotional and problem solving skills
    • Teacher–to–student ratio exceeds the minimum standards
  • Family Support:
    • Resources and referrals
    • Home visits and family events
    • Leadership opportunities and adult education
  • Health and Nutrition:
    • Developmental screenings
    • Health screenings
    • Personal safety curriculum
    • Healthy meals

Our programs serve children and families in Tulalip and the Marysville School District service area.