Early Learning Center


Welcome to the Early Learning Center where 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!


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.

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

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Resources & Links 

Student Handbook
Asbestos Management Plan Notification

Contact Information

3224 S. Banker
Effingham, IL 62401

PH: 217/540-1460
Fax: 217/540-1484