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Early Learning Center

2501 South 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62704
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Our Instructional Focus

"Hand in Hand, We Learn New Words Together."

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ELC Birthday Treats!

Parents may now order treats through our school cafeteria for delivery to the classroom!

Early Learning Center Community Partners

The ELC staff, students,and families say "Thank you" to the following businesses for their continued support:

*Ace Sign Company
*Charles Thomas Publishing
*Knights of Columbus
*PNC Bank
*Sonic (West Iles)
*Town & Country Bank (Wabash Avenue Branch)

Messy Play Day!

Photos May 30 The students at the ELC had a fabulous day of outdoor learning on Thursday, May 30. Students enjoyed being outside on each playground and getting messy with various materials in sensory tables. The

Congratulations Grace and Zander!

Photos May 30 Horace Mann representative Tyler Mulhall awarded two ELC students for their outstanding attendance in the 18-19 school year. Grace and Zander were given light up scooters to take home and enjoy!&nb

Horace Mann Award Winners

Photos May 20 Horace Mann recognized two outstanding ELC staff members at a recent faculty meeting. Betsy Fuhrmann was given the Chrystal Apple Award and Deb Pierson was given the Mugs and Kisses Award. In Betsy


Photos May 20 Big Truck Day is an annual family celebration at the ELC. Students and their families are invited to view, tour, and test out the horns on trucks from the Springfield community. Community workers e

Parent University

Photos May 13 The last  ELC Parent University was held on Thursday, May 9. Families were able to have their questions about moving on the kindergarten answered by the experts: kindergarten teachers and prin

Trackless Train and Petting Zoo

Photos May 13 The students of the ELC had a very special day on Friday, May 10. Miller's petting zoo from Geneseo, IL brought animals for our students to explore. The extra large rabbit and baby pigs were cr

2019 Horace Mann Rising Star Recipient

Photos May 7 Congratulations to Mrs. Janette Smith! She was recognized and honored as a Rising Star recipient at the 2019 Horace Mann Educator of the Year luncheon.

ELC Volunteer Luncheon

Photos May 2 On Tuesday, April 30 the ELC held the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Volunteers provide countless hours of support to the children and staff of the ELC each year. They contribute significa

ELC Parade Day!

Photos Apr 15 On Friday the students at the ELC paraded in front of the building as a grand finale to Week of the Young Child. Students played musical instruments, waved flags, and marched along to music. It was

WOTYC: Wacky Wednesday

Photos Apr 15 Students at the ELC celebrated Week of the Young child with wacky clothes and wacky hair. Students wore mismatched, backwards, and funky colors on Wednesday. Many showed their spirit with crazy hai

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