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 2020-2021

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is closed.  Registration for 2020-2021 will  begin January 29th and is ongoing, depending on availability. Please contact the ELC at (205) 823-0550 or email for more information.

Registration Form 2020-2021

View 2019-2020 Calendar

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

General Information

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. during the school year
  • Ages eight months through Kindergarten
  • Fun and loving Christ-like environment
  • Educational hands-on learning
  • Daily snack, bring a lunch

Weekly Extracurricular Activities:

  • Chapel
  • Music
  • Computer Lab
  • Missions
  • 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!