• The Early Learning Center

    A Program Serving Teen Parents and their Infants and Toddlers

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    The Early Learning Center is a unique partnership between Colorado Springs School District 11's Early Childhood Programs and Community Partnership for Child Development.  The Early Learning Center provides high quality childcare and Early Head Start services to the infants and toddlers of teen parents working to earn their high school diploma from School District 11.

    Parents Achieve Success
    Since 1999 the Early Learning Center has been helping School District 11's teen parents graduate by providing a safe and nurturing environment for their children while they are in school.  Fewer than half of all teen mothers graduate and lack of reliable childcare is cited as the primary reason.
    In an effort to help teen parents reach their academic and parenting goals, and set them on the path to success, the Early Learning Center offers a comprehensive program that includes high quality infant and toddler care, family support, and parent education.
    The Early Learning Center is committed to helping teen parents succeed, as students and as parents.
    Free or Low Cost Childcare for Qualifying Families
    • Located on the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus
    • Enrollment is open to all District 11 students, with children 6 weeks to 3 years old, who are working to earn their high school diploma.
    • Licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services.
    • Free or low cost monthly co-payments for CCCAP eligible families.
    • All infant formula, meals, diapers and wipes are provided while children are in care at the center.

    Partnering with Families

    We value the parent's role as their child's first and most important, teacher and we believe that partnering with young parents is the best way to ensure the healthy development of their children.

    In order to provide a strong connection between home and school, teen parents assist in the classroom on a monthly basis.  They work closely with the classroom teachers and learn age appropriate activities which can be used at home to enrich their child's education and development.

    Our ongoing partnership with Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) allows us to provide Early Head Start (EHS) services to all enrolled families.


    The EHS Family Advocate works closely with families to assist parents in their efforts to become self sufficient.  A variety of parenting related classes are offered at no cost to enrolled families and parents are encouraged to take leadership roles in the program.

    Classroom teachers and the family advocate conduct two home-visits during the school year, and families participate in playgroups and home visits through the summer.

    For more information on the Early Learning Center please contact

    Shirley Kelly



    WIC Parenting Matters