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3224 S. Banker
Effingham, IL 62401

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


Early Learning Center

“We strive to provide a strong, nurturing academic foundation and a positive first experience for ALL students attending the ELC.”      Learn more...

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!

ELC Newsletters 

September 2013 Newsletter
October 2013 Newsletter
November 2013 Newsletter
December 2013 Newsletter  
January 2014 Newsletter  
February 2014 Newsletter  
April 2014 Newsletter
May 2014 Newsletter


for Preschool & Future Kindergarten Children

Unit #40 Preschool/Kindergarten Screenings will be held April 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th, 8:00am to Noon and 3:00 to 6:00pm.  Screenings will be held at Cornerstone Christian Church on South Banker Street in Effingham.  To schedule an appointment, parents can call Sharon Chesnut at Central School540-1400.

Preschool/kindergarten screenings are highly recommended for all Unit 40 children who are eligible to attend preschool or kindergarten in Fall 2014.  However, screening does not guarantee Early Childhood Special Education placement.

Screening Form



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E.L.C. Celebrated the 50th Day of School

The students and staff at the Early Learning Center celebrated the 50th Day of School with a 50's Party.

50s Day 1 (1)

The boys and girls came to school dressed in poodle skirts and rolled-up jeans as part of their attire for the day.  Everyone looked great!

50s Day 2 (1)

50s Day 3 (1) 

Some of the great highlights of the day were root beer floats and popcorn.

50s Day 4 

Yum! Yum! 

50s Day 5 

The students enjoyed creating with Play-Doh.

50s Day 6

50s Day 7 

The boys and girls did Hula Hops to 50's Music.

50s Day 8 

50s Day 9 

The students chewed bubble gum and blew bubbles.

50s Day 10 

50s Day 11

They had a great time with their friends playing games.

50s Day 12 

50s Day 13 

The students concluded the day with limbo and the 50's dance the "Hand-Jive."

50s Day 15 (1) 

50s Day 14  

Operation Lifesaver

The students at the Early Learning Center had the opportunity to be apart of Operation Lifesaver.  The boys and girls learned about railroad safety.  You can learn more about railroad safety at www.oil.org

Obie 1 (2)

The students listened and watched a presentation on railroad safety.

Obie 2 (3)

After the presentation, the boys and girls rode 'Little Obie the Train'.

Obie 5 (2)

Obie 3 (3)

All Board!!!

Obie 4 (2)

Obie 6 (1)

We had a great time and learned alot about railraod safety.  Thanks, Obie!  

A Visit from the Effingham Fire Department

The Effingham Fire Department made a visit to the Early Learning Center.  The Fire Fighters taught the sudents fire safety.

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The discuss and heard a fire alarm/smoke detector.

The boys and girls were really listening well to all the information from the Fire Fighters.

Fire Safety 3 

The students were able to see the Fire Engine.

Fire Safety 1

Fire Safety 4

The boys and girls learned about the various equipment and explored the cab of the Fire Engine.

Fire Safety 5

Fire Safety 6

Fire Safety 7

Thank You for coming to our school! 

Ag in the Classroom

Rachel Meinhart from Ag in the Classroom came to the Early Learning Center to teach us how to grow pumpkins.

Rachel Pumpkins 1 

The students listened to the informational book she read.

Rachel Pumpkins 2

The boys and girls created their own pumpkin using a paper plate and an orange Crayon.

Rachel Pumpkin 3 

Rachel Pumpkin 4 

Then the studnets turned their pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.

Rachel Pumpkins 5 

Boo! Trick-or-Treat!

Rachel Pumpkins 6 


Ronald McDonald Comes to ELC

On Tuesday, October 14th, the Boys and girls were rewarded with a magic show by Ronald McDonald.

Ronald 1 

Ronald 2 

Ronald McDonald did some magic tricks.

Ronald 3 

Ronald 4

The kids loved it!

Ronald 5 

Ronald 6

Some more magic.

Ronald 7 

More fun!

Ronald 8 

The following magic tricks Ronald McDonald needed some assistances from our students.

 Ronald 9

We had to teach Ronald McDonald the his colors.

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Ronald 11

Ronald 12 

They were all great!

Ronald 13

Ronald McDonald had a few more magic tricks.

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Thank You, Ronald!!  We had a wonderful time!!


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