Early Learning Program

An educational program designed for children from birth to three years of age.

The Early Learning Program (ELP) is an educational program designed for children from birth to three years of age who are developmentally delayed or have diagnosed condition that is likely to cause developmental delays. The program mixes preschoolers with delays with typically functioning preschoolers in hopes that it will encourage development. Minimum staff/child ratio is 1:5.

The ELP operates in six counties in south central Tennessee: Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Perry and Wayne. Only residents of these counties are eligible for services. Teachers offer families a wide range of intervention services, including special instruction in the family’s home, daycare settings and preschool programs. The two primary reasons for intervening early with a special needs child are to enhance the child’s development to his/her fullest potential and to provide support and assistance to the family. These services are provided at no cost to the families.

The purpose of each preschool class is to provide a quality, structured learning environment. Daily activities include directed play, language circle, art, gross motor activities, snack, outside play and music. A monthly newsletter keeps parents informed of classroom happenings and the curriculum topic.

The Early Learning Preschool operates in Centerville, Columbia and Lawrenceburg. The Centerville preschool operates on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 11:00. Afternoon classes (12:00 to 2:30, Tues. & Wed.) are added when needed. The Columbia preschool operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00 to 2:30. The Lawrenceburg preschool operates Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8:30 to 11:30. Afternoon classes (12:00 to 2:30, Tues. & Thurs.) are added when needed.

The Early Learning Preschool operates year round. We close only for major holidays—New Year’s, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and one week at Christmas. For inclement weather, Centerville and Lawrenceburg close when the public schools close. Columbia does not close for inclement weather. Please use your judgment when deciding to bring your child on those days.

Interested in our ELP program?

Please contact ELP Coordinator Ellen Ludwig directly at 931-209-5036 or Ellen.ludwig@tkds.org

Ready to apply?

Considering applying, but still have questions? Call us at (931) 388-3810

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