Effingham Community Schools Unit District Number 40 Seal

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Contact Information

3224 S. Banker
Effingham, IL 62401

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

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!


INCOMING 2018-2019 KindergartenersThe Early Learning Center will host their Open House and Preliminary Registration for 2018-2019 incoming kindergarten students. Parents will have an opportunity to complete preliminary registration information, tour the building and participate in activities to promote kindergarten readiness.We highly recommend that future kindergarteners be kindergarten-screened on March 19 - 23 at the First Presbyterian Church.  A Scholastic book fair will be available to purchase books to promote success in Kindergarten. For information about the Open House, call the Early Learning Center at 217-540-1460. To schedule a kindergarten screening appointment, call Sharon Chesnut (secretary) at 217-540-1400.Unit #40 PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN SCREENING
Preschool & Future Kindergarten Children
Unit #40 Preschool/Kindergarten Screenings will be held: ·         March 19, 20, 21 and 22 8:00am to Noon & 3:00 to 6:00pm·         March 23 8:00am to NoonScreenings will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 600 West Temple Avenue in Effingham. To schedule an appointment, parents can call Sharon Chesnut at Central School - 217-540-1400.Preschool/kindergarten screenings are highly recommended for all Unit 40 children who are eligible to attend preschool or kindergarten in Fall 2018. However, screening does not guarantee Early Childhood Special Education placement.