The Center

The Early Learning Center (ELC) is affectionately referred to as "the Center" within our community. The Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday. Our educational facilities include the principle classrooms (maximum 16 students per classroom) bathrooms, music and movement areas; a multipurpose gymnasium; outdoor play area, community garden, and prayer trail.

Our Preschool Services:

The Center offers full-day educational services to children ages 2.5 - 6 years in a mixed-age setting. Educational goals are set individually but our kindergarten readiness goals are for each child to be able to: 1) articulate or otherwise communicate their feelings and needs;  2) listen and follow a two-part direction; 3) follow classroom procedures; 4) interact and play with other students without an emotional break-down; and 5) play independently and/or persist at a task for at least 10 minutes. These goals were developed after speaking with a local kindergarten teacher about her ideal student. We prioritize play and communication because the traditionally academic knowledge can be learned anytime, but the social and emotional health of our students is critical at this age and carries over throughout their K-12 education.

How to apply?

Download the application, send it in by email, fax, or mail, and then set up a preliminary interview with the director to discuss the program that is right for you.

 Scholarships are available. Indicate interest at the preliminary interview and the director will give you the appropriate forms.

Build-Your-Own Hours: Pay an hourly rate for the hours your family needs

The Center offers part time services at an hourly rate (email preschool@copperluth.org for the current rate). Anyone not needing the full 10 hours (per day) may elect to pay the hourly rate for the hours their child attends. Schedules must be fixed ahead of time, at least a week in advance, and contracts are arranged per family.

Classroom Environment 

A typical day will include structured and unstructured play; art, songs and stories; rest times; outdoor exploration; physical challenges to improve motor skills and many other sensory activities. The preschool curriculum portions of the day are based on state and national standards and will include activities targeted to all aspects of a child's developmental needs including cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, and physical health.

About the Staff

The Center's staff is trained in CPR, First Aid, and BBP. Our staff completes a minimum of 16 clock hours of professional development per year. Each member of the staff is passionate about the education of children, and works hard to make our students comfortable - yet appropriately challenged - and prepared to learn.