EARLY Learning Center

“For I know the plans I have for you,” Declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Welcome to the The Early Learning Center at Gadsden First UMC. This ministry is designed especially for families with children ages six months to 5 years old. Here at the ELC, we strongly believe by surrounding children with loving, caring Christian teachers; we begin the foundation of loving, caring Christian men and women. We believe that each child is a gift of God and has great potential. Our commission is to lay the groundwork for each child’s Christian walk as well as prepare them for academic success in years to come.
A word from our director:

Welcome to Gadsden First UMC's Early Learning Center (ELC)!! I am Helene Haller and am blessed to serve as the director of the program.  As a parent, I too looked for a quality school where my children would be loved, nurtured yet receive discipline and age appropriate instruction and accept what a hard decision this can be for young parents. Here at the ELC, we are a team: parent, teacher, director and student. We must all work together for the benefit of each though merge this into a small group setting. Every year, I love to see the students come through the door and watch daily how they grow, mature and learn. These students become an extension of my family and when the time comes for them to move on I have bittersweet feelings. I am excited to see how they are ready for the next step but will miss them and pray they never forget us here at the ELC.
One of my favorite duties is to give tours. If you would like to schedule a time to come and visit, please email me at elc@fumcgadsden.org. Thank you again for your interest into our program!! I hope you will come and check us out for yourselves.

In Christ,
Helene Haller

Registration  is open for Summer 2024 and the 2024-25 School Year

Information and Forms can be downloaded below.

Thank you for your support of this Friends of the ELC Fundraiser.  

ELC Hours

Monday-Thursday,  9 am to 1 pm

The Early Learning Center operates from August to May based on the school year of the Gadsden City School System and observes holidays , weather days and closings as announced by the Gadsden City School System.  

Extended Hours Available

Early Care and After Hours Care are available by request and at an additional charge.
A Summer Enrollment Program (two days per week) is also available.
(Pre-registration is required.)

Need More Information?

We'd love to share more with you about our Preschool and Mother's Day Out program at the ELC.

We look forward to talking with you more about the Early Learning Center.   Please contact us and give us some additional information and we will be in touch.

ELC Forms

Interested in becoming an ELC Teacher?  

Friends of the ELC Consignment Sale

Gently used children’s clothing, toys, books, games, shoes, high chairs, strollers, furniture and much, much more!
2022 Spring/Summer Sale has been postponed!

The Consignment Sale typically runs Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
(Shop early for best selection! ) and Saturday, 7 am to 10 am
Most items half price on Saturday!

Registration is Closed. The Spring/Summer has been postponed.
Contact us or Sign up for our Consignment Sale Mailing List:

Friends of the ELC Consignment Sale
Information for Consignors and Volunteers

2022 Spring/Summer Sale, Friday, April 8 and Saturday April 9

Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
Shop early for best selection!
and Saturday, 7 am to 10 am

Consignor and Volunteer Registration

Open Now!

Consignor Registration

Registration to be a consignor generally opens about 30 days prior to the sale with priority given to returning consignors.  However, new consignors are welcomed for every sale!

Consignor Login

Consignors log-in to manage their inventory for the current sale and previous sales and to access information about their sales and volunteer sessions.

Drop Off Apointment Schduling

Consignors schedule a time for to drop off your inventory for the sale here.


Find out more about volunteering at the Friends of the ELC Consignment Sale.  Volunteers receive a shopping pass for the pre-sale!