Early Education Center

The Early Education Center at ECH offers Early Head Start and Head Start licensed, accredited care to children ages six weeks to six years old. Certified teachers lead all classrooms in an age-appropriate, creative curriculum which allows the children to explore topics they show interest and builds on their natural enthusiasm for learning. Teachers include basic learning skills into all topics introduced, such as color awareness, counting and numbers and letters.

A partnership with Special School District and Normandy School District allows all children at the Center to be screened for Individual Education Plans (IEPs), which provide additional services such as speech, and occupational or physical therapy as needed. Teachers at EEC follow the Teacher’s Strategies Method. This assessment tool allows teachers to know where the children are in the learning process and what skills they still need for Kindergarten readiness.

Center classrooms are clean and up to date with developmentally-appropriate toys, books and furniture. A wonderful outdoor playground includes riding toys, a sand box, and a garden.

The Early Education Center at ECH has two Early Head Start classrooms and two Head Start classrooms. Children in the Early Head Start classrooms range in age from 6 weeks to 3 years old and maintain a teacher student ratio of 4:1. Children in the Head Start classrooms range in age from 3 to 6 years old and maintain an 8 to 1 ratio. Center hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hot breakfast, lunch and snacks are offered throughout the day.

Fees can vary in the Head Start classrooms.  The cost of care in the Early Head Start classrooms is free but parents must meet the criteria for Early Head Start. Basic documents needed for the Early Head Start and Head Start are:

  • Income statements and W2
  • Birth certificate of the child(ren) enrolling
  • Immunization records
  • Insurance cards (if available)
  • Physical with blood work
  • Dental check-up for children over one year old

Pictures of field trips and Special events

Breakfast and Lunch Menus


Enrollment Contact: Valorie Holden, Director, vholden@echmail.org 314-427-5358
Lillian Blanchard lblanchard@echmail.org 314-427-5358