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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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"High Five Behavior"

The first few weeks of school the students are taught what "High Five Behavior" looks and sounds like in the classrooms, restrooms, hallways, breakfast, lunch, playground parent pick-up and on the bus.

The students are participants in "High Five Boot Camp" at ELC. 

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 The students arrive at the Early Learning Center by bus and

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by car.  They are showing great "High Five Behavior"!

These boys and girls are eating breakfast.  

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And this students is receiving a lunch tray.

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She is showing great "High Five Behavior'!

This student is working on numbers in her classroom.

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She is showing great "High Five Behavior"!

The boys and girls are listening to how to use the restroom in "High Five Behavior"!

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Good Listening!

These students are listening to how to ride the school bus and listening for their name during Parent Pick-Up.

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Great job in "High Five Behavior"!

These boys and girls are listening to the rules and waiting to play on the playground.

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Great "High Five Behavior" boys and girls! 

Butterfly Release

All of the classes at the Early Learning Center received Painted Lady larvae.  The boys and girls watched the caterpillars enter the pupal stage, becoming iridescent chrysalids.  They were then carefully removed from the cup and placed in the butterfly habitat.  Everyone looked forward to releasing the butterflies!

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Mother's Day Program

The students at the Early Learning Center presented a Mother's Day Program entitled "Symbols of Freedom".

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Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and special guests were honored at the Early Learning Center's annual Mother's Day Program.  The studnets sang songs, played instruments, enjoyed refreshments, and toured their child's room.

Happy Mother's Day! from everyone at the Early Learning Center. 

Field Trip to Ballard Nature Center

The boys and girls at the Early Learning Center enjoyed a day at Ballard Nature Center.  They participated in many learning activities.  Inside the center the students made a Circle of Earth braclet, learned the value of bugs, and explored the Nature Center.  Outdoors the boys and girls attended activities that taught them about animal sounds, worms, plants, frogs, and the inportance of not littering.  They also took a walk in the woods and around the wetlands looking for wildlife.

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The students exploring and enjoying the hands on activities in the Ballard Nature Center.

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Sounds of Animals!

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All about Worms.

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Growing Crops!

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We learned about frogs.

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Recycle, Recycle!

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We had a great time with our friends!

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Back to school we go!

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Spring Fun!

Spring has sprung at the Early Learning Center!

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Enjoy Spring! 


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