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Our Philosophy

We are committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and positive learning environment for our children. We strive to develop social/emotional skills, cognitive skills, and physical needs to build a solid and broad foundation for learning and well-being. Each classroom promotes positive relationships with peers and adults, develop resilience, and cultivate a strong sense of self. We want to build a positive and loving association with learning. We enjoy learning through play, interactions, and experiences. Every child has unique qualities that makes him or her an important part of our center. We hope that you will consider visiting the Early Learning Center.


About Us

The ELC is ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Sylva. We are delighted that you are interested in our preschool program. The ELC is a half day preschool program for ages infant to 5 years old. We operate through out the year. August thru May is our regular school year. We follow the Jackson County Public School calendar for holidays and closings. We offer a summer program starting in June thru July (typically 6 to 8 weeks). Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. We do offer early drop-off daily beginning at 7:30 am through 8:50 am at an additional cost.

Registration for Summer 2024 and the 2024-25 School Year is Open!

Enrollment for the ELC Summer Program and the 2024-2025 school year is now open. All registration will be online. To register, go to the church website sylvafumc.org/elc. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Remember you are only officially enrolled when you turn in your form with the registration fee. The registration fee for the summer session is $50 and $75 for the 2024-2025 school year.

Use these links to place your child on our lists for the 2024-25 school year and summer session. Please note this step does not guarantee your child's placement; they will be fully registered upon receiving the registration fee and forms.

Registration link for 2024-2025 School Year

Click HERE for Fall Registration!

Registration link for Summer Session- June 17- July 26, 2024 

Click HERE for Summer Registration!

Documents & Forms

Required Forms for the 2024-2025 School Year Registration

Enrollment Application



Required Forms for the 2024 Summer Session Registration

ELC Summer Application

Important Dates & Downloadable Calendar

Preschool Graduation May 23 @ 6pm

Last Day for Students May 24

Summer Session June 17 - July 26

2023-2024 Academic Calendar-

2024-2025- Academic Calendar

Come Celebrate Our Pre-K Graduates!

ELC Wishlist