Eagles’ Nest Early Learning Center (ENELC) opened its doors in 1996 as the first fully certified early learning center in Gilpin County providing an invaluable resource to the community. As a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality services to all families in Gilpin County, ENELC has the unique opportunity of offering high-quality child care at an affordable cost, ensuring all families have a safe place for their children to learn and grow.
ENELC began as a summer camp in the mid-nineties that branched out to an early learning center accepting infants from 6 weeks old to children 6 years of age, as we do today. Under the auspices of the Gilpin County RE-School Board & Administration, ENELC was given the land on which to build a center. Sharing the same campus with the Gilpin County School made it convenient for area families to find learning and child care services for all ages in one location.
This Center began as part of the hopes and dreams of many Gilpin County volunteers and Board members. The mission
statement has remained the same over the years –
To provide excellent care to all children in our mountain community.
As for the name of the school the Gilpin Commission on Child Care and Recreation invited the community to participate in a “Name the School” contest and the winner received a $100 check. The name was suggested by a few community members (Sandy Fuller, Virginia Unseld, and Frank Wolfe) and approved by the Board of Directors.