Welcome to Early Learning Center!

Welcome to the Early Learning Center
Our focus is to build a strong foundation of learning in kindergarten! Our innovative teaching team implements a dynamic, challenging curriculum and seeks to provide creative learning opportunities and differentiated instruction to allow each student to grow to his or her unique potential. Throughout the year, we strive to build a partnership between home and school and to foster a lifetime love of learning for our students.

It is our mission to provide a strong, nurturing academic foundation and a positive first experience for all students attending ELC. We are blessed to have an incredible team of teachers, parents, volunteers, and community members all uniting to form a powerful partnership for learning and to help us achieve our mission.

Visitors are Welcome!

You are always welcome at the school; however, visitors to school are required by state law to report to the office whenever they enter a school building. Please make sure you stop at the office to sign in and sign out when entering and leaving the building and wear a badge for the safety of the students. Thank you!

Calling All Kindergarteners! The Early Learning Center in Effingham Unit #40 is excited to begin the preregistration process for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. Please feel free to call ELC at 217-540-1460 with questions or to get the process started.

Click here to download a copy of our preregistration flyer to share with family and friends. 

preschool screening

Preschool Round Up
Free developmental screenings for two and five year olds and kindergarten screenings.

Each year, the Effingham School District and the Department of Early Childhood offers parents the opportunity to discover how their child is developing in the areas of speech, language, concepts, and motor skills, Vision and hearing screenings are also provided free of charge.

The screenings are held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 600 West Temple Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401 on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 16th from 9 am-4 pm
Wednesday, March 17th from 12 pm-6 pm
Thursday, March 18th, from 9 am-4 pm
Wednesday, April 6th, from 12 pm-6 pm
Thursday, April 7th, from 9 am-4 pm

Please call East Side School at 217.540.1380 to schedule an appointment.

Children who already enrolled in Unit #40 ECSE Preschool, HeadStart, or kindergarten do not need to go through the screening. Also, a signed permission form from a parent/guardian is required.

Please click here to download a copy of the flyer to share with family and friends.