Kindergarten & Weekday Preschool


The Early Learning Center (ELC) is a part of the Preschool Ministry of Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Our program is a part-time program for children ages 8 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 2017-2018

Registration for the 2017-2018 is ongoing, depending on availability. Please contact the ELC at (205) 823-0550 or email for more information.

Registration Form 2017 2018

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

View 2017-2018 ELC Calendar

General Information

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. during the school year
  • Ages 8 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
  • Spanish
  • 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!