The Early Learning Center Kindergarten is scheduled to open in July 2023. 

The Early Learning Center at the EVJCC has provided high-quality education and care in a safe, nurturing environment since 1971.

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, 2023.

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 will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Early-care and after-care will be available for a fee. The school calendar will primarily follow 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?

January 2023

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.