The Camas Early Learning Center (CELC) is located on the Kalispel Indian Reservation inside the Camas Center for Community Wellness:  1821 LeClerc Road North, Cusick, Washington 99119

  • The Center is licensed for ages 1 month thru 12 years old for a maximum of 95 children
  • Open Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Open Monday through Thursday after school, for early dismissal days, or no school days
  • Summer hours for the school age program are Monday -  Thursday 6:30 am – 6:00 pm

The Center will be closed:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Native American Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Tribal Events (as much notice will be given as possible)


The Camas Early Learning Center places importance upon each individual child.  The program is designed to provide for

  1. The physical health, safety, and comfort of each child
  2. An organized social environment that encourages constructive communication and interaction with others
  3. Planned activities which encourage self-confidence, allow for development of creativity, promote coordination and physical movement, and provide intellectual stimulation 
  4. Cultural and language development of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians

The physical arrangements and emotional climate will demonstrate special consideration for the needs and interest of the children who are living and learning within a particular environment. Emphasis is placed on providing experiences to enrich their daily lives. Culturally and developmentally appropriate activities will be provided.

  1. Staff will encourage children to see themselves as worthwhile individuals who are able to:  
  2. Act constructively and independently
  3. Problem solve creatively
  4. Communicate feelings, problems, and ideas
  5. Compromise, negotiate and cooperate

With the above mentioned items in mind, the staff will act as resources, exposing children to a wide range of materials, ideas, experiences, and facts for the children to explore, experiment with and assimilate with according to their individual rates of development. The staff will provide guidance and facilitate the learning process while adjusting to the pace and capabilities of each child. The program will provide each child with ample opportunities for success within a secure and affectionate environment. 


The CELC has Salish speaking teachers who teach the language to our children, staff, parents and the community.


Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), is voluntary for licensed child care providers and helps early learning programs achieve increasing levels of high-quality care. Early Achievers helps families find high quality child care and early learning programs with the help of an easy-to-understand rating system.

CELC works with an early learning professional coach who offers assistance and resources for the staff to support each child’s learning and development, provide enriching environments and improve teacher/child interactions. Research shows this kind of assistance helps providers improve the quality of their programs. And when more young children are ready for school, we all benefit!

Early Achievers rates the quality of child care and early education programs on a scale of 1 to 5. Higher ratings demonstrate a track record of delivering high-quality care. Providers can move up the rating scale by completing milestones and gaining points through an evaluation.

The Camas Early Learning Center has achieved a level 4 rating.

Our Staff

Name Title Email Phone
Lisa Russell Director, Camas Early Learning Center lrussell@kalispeltribe.com 509-447-7210
Penny Evans Early Learning Center Manager pevans@kalispeltribe.com
Cindy Hamlin Administrative Assistant, Camas Early Learning Center chamlin@kalispeltribe.com 509-447-7210