ECC at a Glance

The Early Childhood Center educates approximately 240 students in preschool and kindergarten as part of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401.

Located in Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago, the ECC is District 401's only school devoted to pre-K and K instruction.

Our Programs

The ECC focuses on enhancing the total growth of the child by fostering independence, encouraging social skills and developing a curiosity for learning.

Our preschool program provides a half-day of instruction and growth activities five days a week to 3- and 4-year-old students. Class size is limited to 17 students, one teacher and one aide. 

Our kindergarten program provides instruction five days a week to children who are 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Most classes are half a day; one is full day. The curriculum is based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards, which include language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

Address and Map

Early Childhood Center, 4 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park, IL 60707


To contact our principal by email, please click the name listed below.

► Principal: Ms. Joanne Mourikes Rice | Bio | 708-583-5861

Office Staff

To contact our principal's secretary by email, please click the name listed below.

► Principal’s Secretary: Ms. Dina Koutroumanes | 708-583-5860

Main Office Contact Information

If you want to reach us by email, please use the general information email address listed below, or send your message to the appropriate individual listed elsewhere on this page.

► Phone: 708-583-5860

► To Report an Absence: Call 708-583-5863 between 8 and 8:30 a.m. or between noon and 12:30 p.m. on days when your child is absent; if no one is available to answer your call, please leave a message stating the day, your name, the name of the student and the reason for the absence

► Fax: 708-583-5899

► Email:

► Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (closed during summer break)

► For School Closing Information: 708-452-7272-8

Visitors to the ECC

► All visitors to the Early Childhood Center during hours when students are present must sign in and out at the main office and obtain a visitor’s badge.

► School-age visitors are not permitted during school hours.

School Hours

Regular-Start Schedule (AM)

► Entrance

► Class Starts

► Dismissal

Late-Start Schedule (AM)

► Entrance

► Class Starts

► Dismissal

Regular-Start Schedule (PM)

► Entrance

► Class Starts

► Dismissal

Late-Start Schedule (PM)

► Entrance

► Class Starts

► Dismissal

M, Tu, Th, F

8:10 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

10:50 a.m.


9:20 a.m.

9:25 a.m.

11:25 a.m.

M, Tu, Th, F

12:05 p.m.

12:10 p.m.

2:45 p.m.


12:40 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

Fast Facts About the Early Childhood Center

Much of the information below is based on the ECC's 2015-16 Illinois School Report Card. This section will be updated soon after the 2016-17 Illinois report cards become available.

► Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten

► Students: 239

► Teaching Faculty: 12

► Average Class Size: 17 students

► Teacher Retention: 73 percent

► School Fee: $3,000 for preschool, $170 for kindergarten

► School Colors: Black & Golden Orange

► School Nickname: Cubs

► Student Demographics

  • White: 49 percent
  • Hispanic: 42 percent
  • Black: 3 percent
  • Asian: 4 percent
  • Two or More Races: 2 percent
  • American Indian: 1 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0 percent
  • Low-Income Students: 41 percent
  • Students with Disabilities: 35 percent
  • English Language Learners: 31 percent
  • Homeless Students: 1 percent

► Student Attendance: 94 percent