Early Learning Center
“The Lena Pope Early Learning Center is our first educational program for preschool aged children, and it is the next natural step in continuing our mission of helping create hope, happiness and success for children and families,” says Todd Landry, Executive Director of Lena Pope.
Opened in the fall of 2012, the Center provides all-day care and learning for up to 115 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The students benefit from the evidence-based curriculum, low student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1 for pre-school ages, 5:1 for toddlers, and 4:1 for infants., and certified teachers with degrees.
The Early Learning Center is located at 3200 Sanguinet Street, near Interstate 30 and Hulen Street and is on the south end of the building. It is open 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. The weekly rate is competitive and childcare subsidies are accepted for qualifying families.
“When we considered how we wanted to grow at Lena Pope, research identifies the great need for quality early childhood learning in our area and showed the long–term impact we can have in our community,” Landry said. Children who attend a quality pre-kindergarten program are better prepared for kindergarten, have better reading and writing skills and have better social skills, behavior and conduct in and out of the classroom. Studies have shown that early childhood intervention promotes savings to the individual, and eventually to the community in many ways, by creating:
- Better school retention
- Improved quality of the workforce
- More productive schools
- Strengthened social attachment
- Reduced crime, teenage pregnancy and welfare dependency
- Increased lifetime earnings
“The Early Learning Center continues the mission of our founder – Lena Pope - to give children the best possible foundation and support for future success. The board fully supports this initiative as we help meet the demand for high–quality, accredited early learning -- especially among low-income, higher risk populations,” shares Don Cosby, former board president for Lena Pope.
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