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Summer camp registration

Summer camp is for children who have completed kindergarten-12 years old.  Camper will have the opportunity to play games, art and crafts, cooking, STEM activities, swimming and field trips.  Registration opens March 5th!  Contact Melissa at 785-233-1220 for information!

Open House and enrollment

Enrollment for the summer of 2018 and 2018-2019 school year begins March 5th! 

Early bird special ends March 30th!  Register by March 30th to receive a $50.00 discount!

You are invited to join us for our open house weekend, March 17th after 5:00 mass and March 18th after 8:00 and 10:30 mass.  Come in and look around our classrooms, learn about our curriculum and meet the teachers.  

All About Us

We at St. Matthew Early Learning Center provide an age appropriate education to support the whole child to grow spiritually, academically and emotionally.


 St. Matthew Early Learning Center is part of the mission of St. Matthew Catholic Church and to the community in which it lives. It is licensed by the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment and is administered by the Director, the Pastor of St. Matthew, and the St. Matthew Early Learning Council. 



Ms. Viginia is our Pre-K lead teacher.  This is her third year at our ELC, before this she was a para for the Kindergarden class.  She has been in the early education field for 20 years!


Mrs. Lucy is our Pre-K assistant teacher.  This is her second year here at St. Matthew ELC.  Before this she has worked as a para for 501 and an early childhood educator for 7 years.



Mrs. Kelsie is our lead teacher in the orange room.  She joined the ELC this last summer and loved it so much she stayed for the school year.  Kelsie has been in the early education field for 10 years now.

Mrs. Lien is our assistant teacher in the orange room.  She has a degree in human services and family studies.  This is her first time working in a classroom.


After School Program

Ms. Clara is leading the white room with the younger grade school students.  She has been here at the ELC for 2 years now.  She has had the opportunity to work with each age group.  She is going to school at Washburn University and is earning a degree in Biology.

Ms. Alicia is leading the green room with the older grade school students.  She began her career in early childhood in August of 2016.  She is working on her degree in Kinesiology at Washburn Unversity.



Mrs. Melissa is the director of the ELC.  Melissa began her early childhood career in 1997 at St. Matthew and has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings.  Before becoming the director in July of 2016 she was the director of a preschool for 5 years.  



ELC Director

Melissa Meinhardt
Early Learning Center Director
233-1220 ext. 234