Kindergarten and Weekday Preschool

Early Learning Center

About the ELC

The Early Learning Center serves families - those who are a part of our church family at Shades and those who aren't -  across the Over the Mountain region. Our program is part-time for children ages eight months to 5K. Children are challenged to learn through educational hands-on experiences, inspired to love through spiritual example and guidance, and encouraged to live by exploring and thinking for themselves. Our staff is dedicated and excited to provide each child with his or her own loving and nurturing atmosphere, where all individuals can grow and thrive within a Christ-like environment.

We appreciate your interest and would consider it a privilege to have you join us as we take early steps towards your child's tomorrow.

Registration for 2021-2022

Registration for 2021-2022 is online this year. The link to register is ELC registration. Please contact the ELC at (205) 823-0550 or email for more information.

View 2021-2022 Calendar

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." Luke 2:52

General Information

Our school days run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages eight months through Kindergarten. We believe in fostering a fun, loving, Christ-like environment. Our teachers are trained and resourced for educational, hands-on learning with our students through our daily curriculum and program extracurriculars. We'll provide a snack each day but ask that you bring an individually packaged lunch.

Weekly Extracurricular Activities

We have weekly extracurricular activities for our students in an effort to make their education and time at the ELC and holistic as possible. These include weekly Chapel, music classes, computer lab, and Wiggles.

We chose the ELC as a transitional kindergarten year. The teacher was amazing, the class size very unintimidating, and the day just long enough. This allowed for an easy transition to public school with longer days and bigger class size. Because my son had a heads-up on the academic portion from his transitional year, he has easily adjusted and been able to focus on making friends and other social things that could have been overwhelming had we not had the transitional year. We loved kindergarten at the ELC!