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Join our team!

We are hiring a highly motivated individual to help support the teacher and guide our students in play and learning. Interacting with children, helping them make safe choices, and providing opportunities for them to become independent are priorities of the position. Other duties will include, but are not limited to: reading stories, painting, helping maintain a clean center. Applicant must be [at least] 16 years old and willing to complete all required training and TB test. Hours are 3:00-6:00 Monday-Friday with additional hours available on request. Send questions and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Melissa at 233-1220.

Now Enrolling!

St. Matthew Early Learning Center is enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year!

We have openings in our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms.

Our center offers full and half day options for children ages 3-5 years old.  Contact Melissa at 233-1220 for information and tours.  Classes are filling up fast!

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. 



Mrs. Jennifer is our Pre-K teacher.  She joined us in September 2018.  She bring lots of experience as a childcare center teacher for the last 4 1/2 years.  She has also provided childcare in her home and as a co-owner of a childcare center.   

Mrs. Marion is our Pre-K teacher.  Marion joined us in 2016 as a Preschool teacher.  For the last two years she has substituted for us many times!  She has a degree in Elementary Education.  



Starting this school year our lead teacher is Ms. Marilyn.  Ms.  Marilyn has taught in a variety of classroom over the last 10 years.  She has experience with Toddlers, Preschool and Pre-K and with school age children.  She has been a para for a local grade school and been pivotal in helping children with special needs.  

Mrs. Karen is our assistant teacher in the Orange room.  Mrs. Karen joined us in 2018, after working many years in another industry. 


After School Program

Ms. Kelsey joined us 2018 year as our summer camp counselor.  This year will be her fourth summer working with school age children and this school year will be her third year working with preschool age children.

 Ms. Emily joined our team in August 2018.  She is a Washburn University student majoring in Early Childhood Education.  She is graduate of St. Matthew grade school and Hayden High School.  This will be her first year as a lead teacher in the white room


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.  Previously, she was the director of a preschool for five years before joining the St. Matthew ELC as director in July 2016.  



ELC Director

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