Welcome to our St. John's Early Learning Center (ELC). The Early Learning Center (ELC) at St. John’s was started in 1986 as a community outreach. The school and church wanted to provide a safe place to love and nurture young children of families that required their mothers to work outside the home. Since those early years, the ELC has grown with a reputation of providing a safe and loving environment, as well as a quality early learning childhood experience.
In 2001, St. John’s completed a $2 million dollar expansion project to provide five new classrooms for the ELC and a large community room and altar renovations for the church. The continuing school vision is to provide a Christ-centered educational experience, serving children from toddler through grade 8.
Educational Philosophy: We believe that young children learn best from active, hands-on facilitated experiences in a nurturing Christian learning environment that includes small groups, individual attention, as well as large group instruction for children 18 months through 5 years of age. Quality early childhood teachers develop and coordinate the flexible and creative curriculum to respond to the multifaceted challenges faced by today’s children and families. The lifelong educational journey is coordinated by our early childhood teachers to emphasize the joy of learning in these developmental domains:
*Intellectual: By exploring and using hands-on activities that build confidence and curiosity.
*Physical: By offering exercises that develop large and small muscle coordination, and develop gross and fine motor skills.
*Social/Emotional: By facilitating a sense of security and belonging by encouraging participation in group activities and cooperation with others.
*Spiritual: By weaving God’s Word into the daily program through Bible stories, Scripture, praise songs, and prayer.
*Creative: By exploring arts and crafts materials; and using them in new and individual ways.
Our Governance: St. John’s ELC is an educational ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church, which is governed by a Board of Elders. The ELC Director manages day-to-day operations under the auspices of the School Principal. The School Ministry Team establishes policies and procedures for the school, and assists the Director and School Principal in management decisions and fiscal affairs.
Accreditation and Licensing: St. John’s school and ELC are accredited through the National Lutheran School Accreditation. A district visiting team re-accredited our school and ELC in 2017. Re-accreditation is required every seven years and each year a cumulative report is submitted for review. The ELC is licensed by the State of Colorado, Depart of Human Services to provide childcare. The permanent child care license is available for viewing in the ELC office. The ELC’s Qualistar rating process and quality improvement plan commenced in 2007. The Qualistar rating assists the ELC in achieving an on-going quality improvement plan and provides detailed program information for the parents when searching for a quality child care center. This process is renewed every two years.