ELC (Early Learning Center)

Welcome to the Early Learning Center at South Education Center Alternative

The Early Learning Center (ELC) provides a comprehensive service to school-aged parents and their children, who range in age from 8 weeks to pre-school.

  • The primary goal is to enable student parents to attend high school; the secondary goal is to teach these students about child development, parenting and family living skills.
  • The services provided are child care facilities for children, a full academic program for students, a parenting class exclusively for school-aged parents and a child care practicum class. These programs support, guide and instruct each student parent in their parenting role.
  • The child care facility provides a safe, stable and warmly supportive environment where each child’s individual needs and ongoing development are the primary focus. The staff works closely with the student parents, assisting them with their special needs in relation to their personal and educational adjustment.

Target Population

To qualify for this program, the student parent must have a child between the ages of 8 weeks to pre-school and have a need for child care services.  The program is open to both male and female student parents.  The licensed capacity at South Education Center Alternative is 16 infants, 10 toddlers and up to 4 preschool aged children.

Agency Status/Licensure

South Education Center’s ELC is licensed by the Department of Human Services.

Placement Procedure

Students are referred by school counselors, social workers, child protection personnel, or in some cases, the students.  Incoming infants or toddlers need a physical examination stating that all immunizations are up to date and a health history form from their physician.  Students must qualify for Hennepin County Child Care Assistance funds and be in compliance with Hennepin County Child Support for services to be provided in the ELC.


Please call: 612-355-5848

Intermediate District 287
1820 XENIUM LANE NORTH Plymouth, MN 55441
PH: 763-559-3535

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