Welcome to Early Learning Center!

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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!

What's New?

Dear Early Learning Center Kindergarten Parents:

Some of your children will be entering school for the first time in just a few weeks. What an exciting time for your family! Please take time to read the following information as it applies to you and your child. On the first day of school, Unit 40’s Kindergarten students have a slightly different schedule than the older students of our district.

Tuesday, August 27

This is the first day of school.  There will be no bus transportation for kindergarten students this day. Your child will receive a letter in the mail around August 23 that will provide them with an assigned time to come to school with a parent or other adult. Please bring your child with his/her school supplies at the assigned time and stay to meet the teacher, put away supplies and acquaint your child with his/her classroom and school. This will help your children be ready to begin school “on their own” on Wednesday, August 28th.   

 Wednesday, August 28 – Friday, August 30

Students will attend on their own on these days. For all Unit #40 students, these will be shortened days, as the entire district will be dismissing at 2:00 p.m.  Transportation arrangements for these days will be provided as planned at registration. Buses will run approximately one hour early from their usual schedule. Please keep in mind that buses may be running a little late in these first few days as parents and students become accustomed to new bus arrangements and building procedures.  Parent pick up at ELC will begin at 1:45. Your child’s transportation arrangements will be confirmed with the teachers during the student’s first day on August 27. If you have any transportation questions in advance, you are welcome to contact the transportation department at 217-540-1491 or ELC at 217-540-1460. This school day will be the same for all students in Unit #40. 

 Monday, September 2

There will be no school due to Labor Day.

 Tuesday, September 3

Students will begin their regular schedule. 

  • Students may be dropped off at school from 7:45-8:15 a.m. If students plan to eat breakfast at school, they need to arrive at school no later than 8:00 a.m. If a bus brings them after 8:00 a.m., they will still be able to eat breakfast. Students should arrive at school no later than 8:15 a.m. as that is when our school day officially begins.
  • Parent pick up will begin at 2:45 right after the afternoon buses have been loaded. All students need to be picked up by 3:00.

I am incredibly excited about working with you and your children this year. As a mother of four myself, I truly value the significance of the kindergarten year, and I will do all I can to ensure that kindergarten is a memorable experience for you and your child. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Early Learning Center at 540-1460.


Jennifer Fox

Early Learning Center Kindergarten/Early Childhood Principal