Early Learning Center

For over twenty years the Early Learning Center at Broadway has been a place where learning and fun truly become one. We offer: A carefully structured environment, a variety of learning methods, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, low student-teacher ratio, Spanish, music, chapel, and a multitude of curriculum resources for Toddlers through Pre-K students. We are a ministry of Broadway United Methodist Church and believe that children are tender creations of God, needing the special attention and training available in a Christian environment. Our mission is to provide an environment which will help each child develop spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially and physically. We invite you to learn more about our program, its mission, and the guidelines under which we operate by exploring our Frequently Asked Questions and Parent Resources on this page.

If you would like to talk to us about our program or scheduling a tour, you can contact us by using the button below or calling our office.

Contact the Early Learning Center

By Phone: (270) 843-3942 ext. 1190

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll my child?
  • We enroll students all year long. You can complete your registration online using the link in the Parent Resources section at the bottom of this page.
  • Next you are required to pay the enrollment fee to secure your child’s spot using the Online Payment link in the Parent Resources section at the bottom of this page.
  • Feel free to stop by anytime for a tour. No appointment is necessary; however, it is best to arrive between 9:30 and 1:00.
  • Registration for the new school year typically begins mid-February for students presently enrolled. A registration reminder email will be sent to each child the last week of February.
  • Open registration for the public typically begins the first week of March.
  • First priority will be given to members of Broadway, who are current students since this program is operated as a ministry of the church.
  • Second priority will be given to current students.
  • Third priority will be given to siblings of enrolled students.
  • Fourth priority will be given to new students.
  • Registration forms will not be considered unless accompanied by the enrollment fee. The enrollment fee is non-refundable.
  • Parents registering their children will be allowed to enroll during their specific registration period. No preference will be given to registration forms completed prior to your enrollment period.
  • A current Kentucky certificate of immunization is required before your child can enter the program. These can be obtained from your child’s physician or the Health Department. Note the expiration date on the form and return new forms to the office as necessary.
  • Enrollment may be terminated if any of the following items occur: the school year has come to an end; failure to reconcile delinquent tuition after 1 month; serious illness of the child preventing attendance.
  • To withdraw, a two week notice in writing is required and should be submitted to the ELC office. The ELC does not reimburse for partial months attended.
What is the ELC’s admission policy?
  • To enter the Pre-Kindergarten class, a child must be at least four years old by August 1 of the current school year. This follows the Kentucky State Law which requires a child to be 5 years old by August 1 to enter kindergarten beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The child must also be potty trained, wearing regular undergarments (no pull ups).
  • To enter the Three Year Old Preschool class, a child must be at least three years old by August 1 of the current school year and be potty trained, wearing regular undergarments (no pull ups).
  • To enter the Two Year Old Preschool class, a child must be at least two years old by August 1 of the current school year.
  • Nursery and Toddler classes are determined based on developmental stages.
  • For the safety of our children and to help maintain a positive learning environment, we reserve the right to refuse admission to or request the withdrawal of any child whose conduct, influence, and /or attendance does not conform to our rules and regulations.
How much is tuition & how do I pay?
  • Tuition is due on the 1st of each month. The first payment is due August 1st before classes begin, no later than the 1st day that classes begin.
  • A $15 late fee will be added if not paid after the 15th of each month.
  • Tuition is $1800 per year ($2100 per year for Nursery). It is divided into 10 equal payments of $180 each month (Nursery $210) August through May for your convenience.
  • We only accept check, cash or online payments. No credit or debit cards.
  • There is a $10 per month discount if your payment is scheduled for auto deduction online by Open House here. You can also find the link in our Parent Resources section at the bottom of this page. After Open House tuition will increase to regular price online.
  • There is a $100 discount if paid yearly and a $50 discount if paid bi-annually via check or cash.
  • Church members get an additional $15 per month discount.
  • There is an annual enrollment fee of $175 due with enrollment forms. This is non-refundable. There is an early rate of $155 if paid prior to May 1st.
  • Make payment checks payable to ELC.
  • Tuition is non-refundable and is due whether your child is in attendance or not – there are no provisions for “make-up” days due to illness.
  • No post-dated checks will be accepted.
  • Any returned check/bank draft will incur bank charges. You are responsible for any charges ELC incurs for a returned payment.
  • Students enrolling mid-year will pay a prorated enrollment fee.
  • Payments are accepted at the ELC Information Desk in the front hallway.
What time can I drop off/pick up my child?
  • Teachers are busy preparing for your child’s day and cannot accept children prior to 9:00 am.
  • Hallway doors are opened promptly at 9:00 am. For the safety of the children, we lock the doors at 9:15 am and our doors remain locked until 2:00 pm.
  • We ask you to please make every effort to arrive promptly at both arrival and dismissal. Our staff is ready for your child at 9:00 am and ready for you at 2:00 pm. If your child is not picked up by 2:10, a fee will be imposed.
  • If your child does not arrive at 9:00 he/she may miss fun educational activities, crafts, practices, etc. that will not be made up.
  • We do offer car rider drop off in the mornings only. We typically begin this service the Tuesday after Labor Day. This allows time to get acquainted with the teachers, classroom and school at the beginning of the year. Drop off happens at the main office door each day from 9 to 9:10. Click here to view the drop off map.
  • Upon arrival, please sign your child in on the “sign in” sheet posted outside your child’s classroom door. Put a checkmark by your child’s name and jot down the number where we can reach you.
  • Signing in your child is an important safety feature. Our teachers use this sign in sheet as their reference sheet when we have fire drills and any unexpected weather related issues that require us moving the entire student body to safety.
  • Be mindful of your child’s classroom dynamics – strive for a “drop and go” style of departure. Try to keep the departure time short and sweet.
  • Generally, young children adapt to a new program within 10 school days.
  • If you wish to pick up early, please let your child’s teacher know ahead of time.
  • Only those approved on the enrollment form are allowed to pick up children. You must present photo identification to the teachers if they do not know you.
  • For more information on Car Rider Morning Drop Off procedures, sign in procedures and arrival time tips read our Parent Handbook found in the Parent Resources section at the bottom of this page.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
  • If your child is in the 2’s or younger class, NO they do not have to be potty trained. However, if you’re trying to decide if your age 2 or younger child is ready to potty train at school, make sure he/she will verbalize his/her need to use the bathroom, sit on a regular potty seat and stay dry for at least 2 hours at a time.
  • If your child is in the 3’s or PreK class, YES they must be potty trained without pull-ups.
  • Many of you are or will be in the process of potty training your child. We will help you with this training in every way we can.
  • All pull-ups, diapers and wipes are to be provided by parents. Cloth diapers are not permitted for sanitary reasons unless we have a physician’s order for them.
  • No potty chairs or seat inserts from home are allowed at our school.
  • During training if your child has an accident more than twice in one day, a pull-up will be placed on him/her after the second accident. This is due to time requirements and sanitary issues.
  • If your child is beginning the 3 year old class and you are unsure if he/she is totally potty trained, we recommend:
    1) Talking to your child about pottying at school and that he/she is not allowed to go to school in their diapers/pull-ups.
    2) Trying him/her at school for a couple of weeks. Often being around peers that are trained is enough to master this skill.
    3) If he/she has several accidents in the first few days, then you will be called to pick up your child after the next accident.
    4) If he/she continues having accidents over an extended period of time, then your child will need to sit out of school until he/she is fully trained. If there is a waiting list for this class, tuition will be required to hold the spot in the room.
Does my child nap at the ELC?
  • A rest time will be incorporated into the Nursery, Toddlers and 2’s classrooms.
  • Nursery tends to nap late morning. Please send a blanket and pacifier (if needed) each day.
  • You may send a special lovey or doll from home also to use at nap time.
  • Toddlers and 2’s typically nap at the end of the day. Please send a nap pad preferably or at least a blanket each day.
  • You are welcome to pick up your toddler or 2 year old before nap if they rest better at home. However this needs to be done consistently. Please notify the teacher that this will happen each day. Tuition will not be adjusted for leaving early.
  • For a smoother transition, it helps if your child mimics the ELC nap schedule at home as well.
What are the ELC’s safety policies and procedures?
  • Accidental Injuries—you will be notified immediately if there is an injury. In case of an emergency, 911 will be called. If we are not able to reach the parents/guardian, we will notify the person/s listed on your registration form. Please inform us of any changes that need to be made on this form throughout the year.
  • We perform a fire drill each year typically in October.
  • In case of a tornado warning, all classes will go to the basement until our area is clear of all warnings.
  • Our school is locked down at all times except from 9 to 9:15 each morning and starting at 2:00. You can enter at any time by using the doorbells located by the double glass doors off the Melrose entrance and in the rear double glass doors off Karen Avenue.
  • The program exercises reasonable care and judgment in all matters related to safety. In all emergencies, the program has permission to take such reasonable measures, in the judgment of the teacher or coordinator, necessary for the welfare and safety of the child until a parent can be reached.
What will my child learn?
  • Children in all of our classes experience activities that embrace age-appropriate developmental and academic standards intertwined with the Fruit of the Spirit yearly theme, monthly bible verses, and weekly bible stories.
  • We also offer a wide variety of enrichment opportunities to our students, including but not limited to chapel, music, Spanish, fire safety, and dental hygiene.
  • Our routines and lessons are guided by Kentucky’s School Readiness Definition and Early Childhood Standards found here.
  • Please refer to our Newsletter and Calendar, found in the Parent Resources section at the bottom of the page, to see what each age group is learning each month.
  • Nursery and Toddler classes offer a safe, nurturing environment where a baby or toddler will feel comfortable while learning about God’s creations, shapes and colors through song, circle-time instruction and art experiences. In addition, they will learn to separate from caregivers, adapt to new routines and interact with peers in age appropriate ways.
  • 2-year-old classes are introduced to the letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-10 while continuing to learn colors and shapes.   Development of fine motor skills and positive social behaviors are also important parts of our curriculum at this age. In addition, classroom routines begin to model those of our older students on an age-appropriate level and time frame.
  • 3-year-old classes continue literacy development through exposure to letter names, sounds and prewriting activities. In addition, fine motor skills, colors and shapes are reinforced and numbers 1-15 are taught through manipulatives, games and art activities. Weekly activities often connect learning through themes and/bible stories. Whole class circle-times and instruction centers help our 3-year-olds develop skills they will need to be successful in our pre-kindergarten program.
  • Pre-kindergarten classes begin to connect how letters of the alphabet make sounds and sounds blend together to form words. They also continue to develop number concepts and other school readiness skills through manipulatives, games and art activities. Learning themes continue to enable children to connect the concepts they are learning throughout the day. The daily schedule for this class closely replicates that of the typical public school kindergarten day. For example art, literacy, math and science activities are taught through a combination of teacher-directed and student-directed center rotations.
How does the ELC discipline children?
  • The Early Learning Center’s approach to discipline is positive. The staff will try to reason with a child or redirect unacceptable behavior. Our goal is to direct students toward positive and acceptable behavior, which helps develop self-control, and to maintain the order necessary to accomplish learning and social growth.
  • Loving firmness will be used to help students learn age-appropriate behaviors and boundaries. Common preschool discipline issues include learning to share, using kind words and hands, and obeying the teacher.
  • The safety and welfare of the group will have priority over any individual situation.
  • Most situations will be handled by the teacher through a verbal reminder. If this is not effective, the time-out method will be used. This is simply removing the child from an activity for a designated amount of time. The staff does not administer corporal punishment.
  • If the child continues to misbehave after reasoning, redirecting and time-out have been used, the parent will be called to come pick up the child. Any discipline problems that persist or are disruptive to the class will be shared with parents so teachers and parents can work together to correct the inappropriate behavior.
What is the ELC’s school calendar?
  • The Early Learning Center follows the Warren County Public School calendar, found here, with the exception of start and end dates.
  • When the Warren County schools are closed due to inclement weather, illness, holiday or any other reason, ELC is also closed.
  • If the county schools dismiss prior to 2 o’clock, we dismiss early as well. You may check ELC’s Facebook page, tune into our local television station WBKO or log onto their web site for the Polar Report when you are in question. Also you should receive a remind text from your child’s teacher.
  • We reserve the right to make modifications to this schedule when needed to accommodate our church activities, relating to days missed due to inclement weather, or to enhance the weekday programming.
  • ELC’s last day of classes may or may not coincide with the Warren County School Calendar. It will be determined by April 1st.
  • The calendar for this school year can be accessed in the Parent Resources section at the bottom of the page.
What if I don’t see my question listed here?

You can refer to our Parent Handbook found in the Parent Resources section at the bottom of the page or you can contact us via email or by phone at (270) 843-3942 ext. 1190.

Parent Resources

We have included various links that you might find extremely helpful as a parent. Some are specific to ELC and some are educational resources that we use to guide our program. Others provide answers to helping raise our children in the world today. Please contact us with any questions about our resources using the contact button on this page.

Parent Handbook

Our Parent Handbook can be downloaded and kept for parent records. You will find the information in our FAQ section above, as well as more detailed information about our policies.

2020-2021 Parent Handbook

Online Payments

You can pay enrollment fees and tuition at the link below. Be sure to look at the instructions link below to learn more about how to make online payments.

Online Payment Instructions

Online Payment Link

Online Registration

Public registration for the 2020-2021 school year opens March 2. We accept online registration only and links will be available March 2. If you have any questions please use the contact information at the top of the page.



View pictures of general ELC activities as well as individual classrooms. For instructions on how to get signed up to view our Flickr page contact us.

ELC Flickr Page

Monthly Newsletters & Calendars

Curious about what a year at ELC looks like? View last year’s monthly newsletters and calendars.



Meet the Staff

Learn more about your child’s teachers and the staff at the ELC!

Teacher Bios

Educational Resources

Some of these websites will help give you insight into what guides our curriculum, while others are posted here to help you find guidance in learning more about your child’s mental and physical development.

KY Gov. Office of Early Childhood

Baby Center

CDC – Child Development

PBS Children’s Videos

American Academy of Pediatrics

United Way

Follow the ELC Online

Learn more about what the ELC is all about by following our Facebook page or watching our special 15 year anniversary video on Vimeo.


15 Year Anniversary Video