Early Learning Center

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13

Early Learning Center

SPL ELCSt. Paul’s Early Learning Center is located within St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at the corner of West Mound Road and Taylor Avenue (1 Bachrach Court). We are excited to have all of our current families with us, and we look forward to welcoming more! If you are looking for daycare, preschool, or school-age care for your child(ren), contact the St. Paul’s Early Learning Center (217-424-9183) to inquire about openings and take a tour today!

VISIT OUR NEW EARLY LEARNING CENTER WEBSITE AT ELCDecatur.org – a great resource for new and current families!

St. Paul’s Early Learning Center is a DCFS compliant, fully licensed center that provides care to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The ELC offers daycare, preschool, and school-age programs for children. Our purpose is to serve the families of our church and our community who desire a Christ-Centered care experience for their children. It is our intent to work in partnership with families, who have the primary and most critical role in nurturing their children. St. Paul’s Early Learning Center provides a quality, safe, caring, Christian environment where each child can develop Spiritually, Socially, Emotionally, Physically, and Cognitively.

Our daily curriculum consists of Prayer, Circle Time, Language Expression, Bible Stories, Art, Science, Large Motor Play, Math, Music Movement, and Free Choice Play. Classroom schedules can be viewed by clicking the link listed below.

We are blessed to note that among our qualified and caring teaching staff, there is a total of 88 years of teaching experience among them at our Early Learning Center alone (not counting the other years of experience they had prior to coming to the ELC). Five of our teachers have been with the ELC for five years each and three of our teachers have been with the ELC for over ten years each. This is a kind of dedication you do not often find in today’s care centers. We value our teaching staff and their dedication, and they are passionate about providing this Christ-centered care day after day for your child right here in our Decatur community.


The Early Learning Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 5:30pm. We welcome you to come and see for yourself the difference a Christ-Centered environment can make for your child.


St. Paul’s Early Learning Center
1 Bachrach Court
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 424-9183

Early Learning Center Staff

Kim Newingham
Daily Director

Jamie Stanzione
Assistant Director

SPL ELC Information

Click to download all of the documents that you’ll need to answer your questions and register your child(ren).

SPL ELC Current Rates & Guidelines 2015

SPL ELC Daily Schedules by Classroom

SPL ELC Registration Packet 2015 (includes all forms)

SPL ELC Parent Handbook

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