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 recently renovated 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.
MSD of Lawrence Township believes that young children are capable, competent and have the right to a developmentally appropriate school experience. They understand that academic and social/emotional development are equally important, and know that children learn best through active, hands-on experiences and play.
“ELC staff love their little people and go out of their way to make sure they are learning all the time and love school,” says Hadley Kinnett, an ELC parent. “I’m so glad I made the decision to switch her to an ELC from day care.”
They also recognize the importance of a strong connection between school and family in supporting student growth, and value each family’s unique cultural identity, as reflected in the curriculum and school experiences that are provided. Parents are encouraged to engage with their child’s school and are welcomed with open arms.
“All of my children have attended the ELCs in Lawrence Township,” says Sean Wise, an ELC parent. “The environment, the people, and the learning that takes place makes you feel great about the choice you are making for your child.”
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 5 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.
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.
Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year at the four ELC sites is now open! Visit ltschools.org/enrollment/early-childhood or contact the office of Early Childhood at 317-423-8363.