Welcome to the ELC
Welcome to the Dr. Jerry Hamm Early Learning Center. We support and nurture the growth of the whole child, including a child's social emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative development. There is an emphasis of social and emotional competencies through play in the early preschool years. The core areas are addressed in daily curriculum including language, literacy, mathematics, science and discovery, dramatic play, and the arts.
"The Dr. Jerry Hamm Early Learning Center in Coffeyville, KS isn’t “just” child care. It is comprehensive, universal preschool for Coffeyville and the surrounding communities. The ELC currently has 3 classrooms for infants/toddlers ages 0-3. There are 9 classrooms for students ages 3-5. A total of 214 students are served daily at the Early Learning Center. Each child and family is greeted once they enter the facility by office staff, administration, support staff, and classroom staff. Throughout the day students are taught, often through play, social emotional intelligence and skills, academics, motor skills, communication and language acquisition, and problem solving.
The ELC has been active with its partnerships, which include USD 445 Coffeyville Public Schools, Tri-County Special Education, SEK-CAP Head Start, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Four County Mental Health, and Coffeyville Community College. Breaking down stigmas has been a focus throughout the tenure of the Early Learning Center. It has been through the great efforts of all its partners that barriers have been broken and positive stories have surfaced."- Samantha Maritt, Assistant Director