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Gearing up for the new school year!

Teachers are getting ready for the upcoming school year!  Are you ready for the new school year?  For many parents and students this is the first time away from each other.  Here are a few tips to help ease into the school year.

1. Visit the school before school starts.  Meet other students, parents and talk with the teachers.  Join us for Sneak Peek on August 20tjh 4 pm-6 pm.

2.  Allow your child to voice their concerns while be reassuring.  Discuss the good things that happen at school.

3.  Let your child choose their outfit for the first day of school.  School starts August 21st!

4.  If you know some of the parents of kids that will be in your's child's class, try to plan a play date before the first day.

5.  If your child is not used to being away from you, start leaving them with a friend or family member for short periods of time.  This will help easy any separation anxiety.

6.  Surprise your child with a special breakfast to celebrate the first day.

7.  Play preschool at home.

8. Go shopping for your child's book bag and lunch box.  Let them choose the one they will carry to school.

9.  Place a family photo in your child's book bag.  This can be a source of comfort.

10.  You may get teary eyed about this new transition but don't cry in front of your child.  This may cause them to look at school in a negative way.  Be positive and happy about school!  

If you have any questions about starting school or helping your child with transitioning from home to school please feel free to talk to your child's teacher or the director about your concerns.

See you soon!

Melissa Meinhardt

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Enroll now for the new school year!

2018-2019 school year is starting soon!  There is still time to sign up! 

Our teachers are gearing up for new school year.  Over the summer our ELC teachers have researched and reviewed curriculum and materials and trained in a variety of ways to help our students reach their full potential.  We use Creative Curriculum for our lesson planning.  We are adding Learning Without Tears curriculum.  Learning Without Tears is a play-based curriculum that offers a pre-writing program and builds critical learning skills.   Exploring God's world is our religion curriculum.  It is play-based, teacher-directed program that will help build a spiritual foundation.

Ready to check out our program?  Call Melissa at 785-233-1220 to schedule a tour today!

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. 



We are in the process of finding a Pre-K lead teacher, until we find the right person for the job Mrs. Marion will be subbing as the Pre-K lead teacher.  


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



Mrs. Kelsie is the 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. Karen is our assistant teacher in the orange room. This is her first time working in a classroom.  She has provided education programs for children during her previous employments.  


After School Program

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 has completed her degree in Kinesiology at Washburn University.  

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



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