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Playgroups and Early Learning Classes

Whatcom Center for Early Learning provides interactive programs which allow our children to learn and play in group environments with other children and their parents/caregivers. These programs are for children to develop skills and experience peer group socialization. 

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, contact Michael

Inclement Weather Policy

If the local school district in the area of the playgroup closes due to inclement weather, our classes will be canceled. Follow our Facebook and Instagram @wcelkids for up to the date information.

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Sensational Toddlers

Our Sensational Toddler classes meet weekly for 12 weeks at both the “Big Blue House” and the “Little Brick House.” We welcome all children ages 18-36 months with their parents/caregivers to Sensational Toddlers. These classes are designed to be a 50/50 mix of children receiving services through our Early Support Program and children that are not.


Each week we offer new opportunities for discovery, motor and sensory play such as painting and play dough, imaginative play, water play, and movement play.

  • Due to limited space spots will be filled by lottery

  • All families will be notified if they were selected to participate or if they were placed on a waiting list

  • For ages: 18 months to 3 years old

Spring Registration is now closed. Please check back in June. 

WCEL Friends Playgroup

Our WCEL Friends Playgroup is a parent-child program for children 18 months to 3 years who are receiving Early Support Services at Whatcom Center for Early Learning.


These playgroups provide socialization and play opportunities for children and their caregivers.


Toddler Time

WCEL also hosts FREE, NO-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, drop-in community playgroups called “Toddler Time.” These classes are located in Bellingham, Ferndale, and Lynden. There is no cost for drop-in classes but donations are always appreciated.


At playgroups, you will find a variety of wheeled toys, balls, a sensory pool/table, Playdough, books, blocks, and new creative, hands-on activities for young ones and their parents each week. We play for a little over an hour, clean up, and share a short circle time. Families are free to leave anytime their child has had enough.

Current Schedule

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This is free program. Registration not required, just show up and play!

Bellingham Toddler Time

  • Mondays

  • 10-11:30am

  • 400 Sequoia Dr STE 120, Bellingham WA 

  • Ages birth to 5

Ferndale Toddler Time

  • Tuesdays

  • 10:00-11:30am

  • 5780 Hendrickson Ave, Ferndale WA

  • Ages birth to 5

Lynden Toddler Time

  • Wednesdays

  • 10:00-11:30am

  • 516 Main St, Lynden WA

  • Ages birth to 5

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