The San Angelo Early Childhood Center
provides an enriched learning environment for approximately 200 children daily ranging in age from 7 weeks to 5 years. The Early Childhood Center is open from 6:30 A.M. until 5:30 P.M. The Early Childhood Center serves primarily children of low-income families. Eligibility criteria do require that parents work and/or attend school a minimum of 30 hours per week. Cost of services is based on family income. The Early Childhood Center does provide services for Child Care Services (CCS) clients.
The Early Childhood Center participates in the Texas School Ready program, which helps at-risk preschoolers gain the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the Kindergarten classroom ready to learn. The State tracks the children's performance through the first grade. The Early Childhood Center has been recognized twice by the State for the outstanding preparation the children received.
Children eat a family style breakfast, lunch and a snack in their classrooms. The meals and snacks are prepared on site to meet established nutritional standards. The Early Childhood Center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Every day incorporates developmentally appropriate activities for fun and learning including reading and exploratory activities, playground time and nap time. Age-appropriate curricula are used in each classroom to provide the children with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge needed as a foundation for later learning.
Although the children thrive with structure and routine, special events occur throughout the year. These events are typically related to holidays and are looked forward to by children and staff. In addition to special events, the Early Childhood Center is fortunate to be able to connect with programs that enrich the offerings at the Early Childhood Center.
The Early Childhood Center is a United Way agency and depends on generous contributions from foundations and donors to support facility improvement, programming and enrichment activities. The Early Childhood Center is a 501(c) 3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible.
The San Angelo Early Childhood Center began as the San Angelo Day Nursery in 1935. It was founded by the Works Progress Administration to provide child care for working parents unable to afford commercial day care facilities. The San Angelo Day Nursery grew in size and moved to progressively larger facilities until the building at 619 Julian Street was built in 1991 and expanded in 2000.