In the MSD of Lawrence Township, a high quality early childhood experience is the norm, not the exception. Home to four NAEYC accredited Early Learning Centers (ELCs), the district is a longtime leader in early childhood education. Every aspect of the district’s four Early Learning Centers — from the buildings themselves to the programs and curriculum — are committed to providing educational and social/emotional experiences that honor and preserve childhood.
We believe that young children are capable, competent, and have the right to a developmentally appropriate school experience. We understand that academic and social/emotional development are equally important and know that children learn best through active, hands-on experiences and play. We recognize the importance of a strong connection between school and family in supporting student growth, and we value each family’s unique cultural identity, as reflected in our curriculum and school experiences. Parents are encouraged to engage with their child’s school and are welcomed with open arms.
“ELC staff love their little people and go out of their way to make sure they are learning all the time and love school! I’m so glad I made the decision to switch her to an ELC from day care.” – Hadley Kinnett, ELC Parent
The ELCs serve students ages 3-6. There is a toddler program at ELC Mary Castle that serves 2 year olds. The Preschool of the Arts program (designed for children ages 3-5) focuses on individual expression and exploration in arts, music, movement, and literacy. Full day, tuition-free kindergarten is available to students who are five years old by October 1. One-way dual language programming for native Spanish speakers is available at both ELC Brook Park and ELC Winding Ridge. Families interested in two-way dual language programming for Preschool or Kindergarten can apply to attend either Forest Glen or Skiles Test Elementary.
All of my children have attended the ELCs in Lawrence Township. The environment, the people, and the learning that takes place makes you feel great about the choice you are making for your child. – Sean Wise, ELC Parent
Each ELC has a full resource staff available to support students who have special needs or who need additional accommodations. On-site speech, occupational and physical therapy services are available to students who qualify.
Preschool tuition is five days per week and is $140/week. Kindergarten is state-funded and is tuition-free. Bus service is available for all Kindergarten students. Before and After Care services are available for a fee. All ELC sites accept CCDF.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented stressors and restrictions on schools. Through all of this, we remain devoted to our values and mission of educating all students through innovation and dedication. The ELCs have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, mandated the wearing of masks, enforced social distancing, and restricted school visitors to protect students and staff. A full virtual learning environment is available to kindergarten students.
Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year at the four ELC sites is now open!
Visit www.elc.ltschools.org or contact the office of Early Childhood at 317-423-8363.