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Legend of the Candy Cane program

This year's Advent program will feature the Legend of the Candy Cane.  Starting at 9:00 each class will sing a few songs for your entertainment.  Afterwards, we will have a Legend of the Candy Cane party.   At our party we will have multiple activities for you and your child to enjoy together.  Activities will include a stories, science experiments, art and math.  We will conclude at 11:00.  Make your plans now to come and enjoy this time with your child.

Enroll now for the new school year!

Open House and Enrollment

Mark your calendars for March 2-3, 2019 for our open house and enrollment days!  After each Mass you will have the opportunity to tour our ELC and enroll for the new school year.  Teachers will be available to answer any question you have.  

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. 



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. Lucy is our Pre-K teacher assistant.  This is her third year here at St. Matthew ELC.  She has worked as a para for 501 and an early childhood educator for 10 years. 



Mrs. Kelsie is the lead teacher in the orange room.  She joined the ELC as a summer camp director in 2017 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.  

Ms. Emily joined our team in August.  She is a Washburn University student majoring in Early Childhood Education.  She is graduate of St. Matthew grade school and Hayden High School.  


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.  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