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A landmark, long-term study of the effects of high-quality early care and education on low-income three- and four-year-olds known as the Perry Preschool Project, shows that adults at age 40 who participated in a preschool program in their early years have higher earnings, are more likely to hold a job, have committed fewer crimes, and are more likely to have graduated from high school. Overall, the study documented a return to society of more than $17 for every tax dollar invested in the early care and education program. (High/Scope Educational Research Foundation)

Curious to see the impact we were making in the lives of young children in Lubbock the Early Learning Centers of Lubbock examined the developmental skills of two-year-olds.


The teachers in each two-year-old classroom at each center documented each child's progress in a number of different areas. ELC then compared the developmental skills of the two-year-olds enrolled at ELC for more than 18 months to the two-year-olds enrolled less than 18 months.

The results showed that the two-year-olds enrolled in our developmentally appropriate educational program 18 months or longer had progressed significantly compared to those who had not been enrolled in a program for the last 18 months.

Well-rounded program with daily
activities in the following areas:

Large/Small Motor Skill
Dramatic Play
Music and Art

Areas of emphasis include
the development of:

Positive Self-Concept
Creative Expression
Social Skills
Health and Safety Habits
Communication Skills

ELC/LISD Pre-K Program


During the 2009-10 school year, LISD Pre-K teachers will team teach in three and four year old classrooms at the Early Learning Centers. In three locations, Erskine, Guadalupe and Vanda, LISD will provide a teacher and the curriculum to children attending the Early Learning Centers program and ELC will provide a teacher and an assistant. This cooperative educational program is part of the childcare services available to eligible parents. The childcare program operates year round, Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 6pm.

Enrolled children receive breakfast, lunch and snack, as well as the educational benefits from the state approved curriculum. A maximum of 18 children will be enrolled in each classroom.

Children must be at least three years old by September 1, 2009, live in the LISD school district and must be eligible by income. Parents who qualify for CCS (Child Care Services) or Reduced or Free school lunch program may be eligible. Early Learning Centers also has special funding to assist with parent fees for children enrolled in this program.

Parents may find out if they are eligible and what their fee would be by calling Jackie Rutherford at 765-9981.

  Research shows clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them. Families who involve their children in activities that allow the children to talk, explore, and experiment show that learning is both enjoyable and important. They motivate their children to take pleasure in learning and to want to learn more. –www2.ed.gov/parents