The Early Learning Center Kindergarten is now in session!  

The Early Learning Center at the EVJCC, which has provided high-quality education and care in a safe, nurturing environment since 1971, is now accepting applications for the new ELC Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year.

Kindergarten is one of the first major steps in helping students become independent and lifelong learners and we are here to guide them on their journey! 

A note to parents from kindergarten teacher Tori Sheppard:

Very soon your child will complete one of the most important milestones of his or her life – the first day of kindergarten! I am looking forward to working with you and your children this year and helping them achieve their full potential. Our days and weeks will be filled with many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow. We are so excited you will be part of our school family this year!

I would like to introduce myself; my name is Mrs. Sheppard and I am delighted to be your child’s teacher this year at the East Valley JCC. I have been working with children for over 10 years now. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Northern Arizona University and am licensed in Structured English Immersion. 

I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success.

 Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through the JCC Early Childhood App, notes, telephone calls, e-mails, report cards, and parent teacher conferences. You are welcome to visit our classroom at any time. I can always use an extra pair of hands and another smiling face in the classroom!

I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your child!

Mrs. Sheppard


The ELC Kindergarten will use curriculum that aligns with the Chandler Unified School District Curriculum. 

Q&A about the ELC Kindergarten

Why did the Early Learning Center decide to open a kindergarten for the next school year?

Our current parents showed an interest in having their children continue at the EVJCC for kindergarten. 

What is the age requirement to attend?

It is for children who turn 5 by Sept. 1, 2024.

Please share some highlights of what the kindergarten will offer. 

Highlights include a small class size; individualized attention; a safe, community environment for families;  a values-based education; STEAM curriculum; and enrichment classes during the school day, such as cooking, art and P.E.

What are the school hours?

School is held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Early-care and after-care will be available for a fee. The school calendar primarily follows the Chandler School District calendar, with a few exceptions. Camps will be available when the school is closed, for an additional cost. 


When does registration open?

Registration is now open. 

Who are the teachers? 

Teachers are certified with a master’s degree, have over 5 years of experience and come with great references. 

How will the children be prepared for first grade?

The kindergarten will follow the Arizona Board of Education curriculum and will include reading groups, math, science and social-emotional components.

Will there be a cost?

As this point, tuition will be covered through grants, Arizona tax credit contributions and ESA funding. 

How do the tax credits work? 

Donations are processed through our trusted partner, the Arizona Tuition Connection. Visit, click on “Make Your Donation” and when filling out the form, choose “A student or school of my choice.” Under school recommendation, type in EVJCC. Donatations can be up to $1,243 for individuals or $2,483 for couples. Learn more here