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Early Learning Center Marks Its 50th Year with Preschool Enrollment and Open House on January 24

Jan 23, 2019 03:04PM ● By Hannah Ott

Darien - The 2019-2020 academic year marks a milestone anniversary for St. John Lutheran Early Learning Center (ELC) at 7214 South Cass Ave. in Darien. For 50 years, it has been providing quality Christ-centered early childhood education.

The school is part of the largest Protestant school system in the United States operated by The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS).  The LCMS has a network of nearly 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools.

The ELC offers caring classes where every child is seen, heard and appreciated for their uniqueness and where a love of Jesus and others is nurtured. Foundational learning to foster early social-emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development is fostered. 

The school strives to establish a strong home-school connection that encourages and supports families.  Flexibility within programs allows the preschool to better meet the individual needs of each child and their family.

Open enrollment for 2019-2020 started on January 3. Individuals who register before February 28 will be entitled to an Early Bird Discount of $25 on the non-refundable registration fee which is normally $85. 

To mark the observance of National Lutheran Schools Week, St. John Lutheran ELC will host an Open House tomorrow, Thursday, January 24 from 6-8pm. The event will provide community members the opportunity to tour the school’s DCFS-licensed facility, meet the licensed staff and hear about the exciting half-day programs offered along with before- and after-school extended care and enrichment classes.

Interested parties unable to attend the Open House are encouraged to contact Dr. Nancy Chibe, Director, at 630-324-6582 or to arrange a visit at another time. 

Visit for Online registration. The church is located at 7214 South Cass Ave. in Darien.

Source: Pat Hirshman, Publicity & Publications Volunteer 630-324-6582