Description: The Early Learning Center (ELC) is proud to be part of the Clarke County School District’s vision as an innovative teaching and learning center housed on the H.T. Edwards Campus. The campus located on Dearing Extension includes the Athens Community Career Academy (440-1 Dearing Ext.), the Early Learning Center (440-2 Dearing Ext.), the Classic City High School (440-3 Dearing Ext.) and the Boys and Girls Club (440-4 Dearing Ext.).
The Office of Early Learning (OEL), housed in the ELC, oversees operation of the school district’s early childhood education programs. These include the state lottery funded Pre-Kindergarten Program, federal Early Head Start and Head Start, Preschool Special Education, Striving Readers and Early Reading First. Through collaboration among these programs, the Clarke County School District’s Office of Early Learning serves over 1200 students. Approximately 150 of these children are served at the Early Learning Center (ELC).
Other services provided at the ELC through collaborative community partnerships include the University of Georgia Professor in Residence and the Department of Family and Children Services/Job Placement Services.
The lion is our ELC school mascot and blue and gold are school colors. Our center was specifically designed to be appropriately sized for our children, from the cafeteria tables and chairs to the toilets. Outdoor play areas are designed and equipped with play equipment that targets young children’s fine and gross motor development. An indoor activity room is also available for the same purpose during inclement weather.
The ELC has a media center and a staff member who maintains books, games, videos and other age-appropriate resources that parents and teachers can check out. Classrooms also visit the media center for weekly story time.
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