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Smart Starts Early at Lena Pope

Lena Pope’s Early Learning Center provides all-day care and learning for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. It is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. Considered the gold standard in designating high-quality early learning programs, accreditation is achieved by less than 11% of such programs in the nation.

The ELC helps ensure children are ready for Kindergarten and beyond by integrating social-emotional learning alongside evidence-based curricula, encouraging family engagement, and offering low student-to-teacher ratios. All the ELC’s teachers and aids have degrees or a Child Development Associate Credential, and use HighScope Curriculum. In this model, children engage with teachers in hands-on play and learning in areas that match their individual curiosities, rather than being traditional one-size-fits-all classroom instruction.

Teachers at the ELC also utilize the Conscious Discipline model. Based on the latest brain research, it teaches children to calm themselves and manage their emotions and behavior. Parents of children enrolled at the ELC attend Conscious Discipline training, to create consistency between the experiences at home and school experiences.

Because Lena Pope believes all children should have access to high-quality early learning experiences, subsidized tuition is available. The ELC is one of only two child care facilities in five west Fort Worth zip codes that is accredited and accepts the child care subsidy.

In 2016, Fort Worth, Texas magazine recognized The Early Learning Center with the Editor’s Choice Award for Best of Child Care. For more information about the ELC, click here.