ECC at a Glance


The Early Childhood Center educates approximately 230 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


Administration and Office Staff


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

Title

Name

Phone

Principal

Ms. Joanne Mourikes Rice

708-583-5860

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

Fax

General Email

Office Hours

708-583-5860

708-583-5899

eccinfo@epcusd401.org

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
(Closed during winter and summer breaks)


Absences and School Closings


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.

For school closing information:

Call 708-452-7272 and use extension 8.


If You Visit 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


 

Entrance

Start of Classes

Dismissal

Regular Start AM
(M, Tu, Th, F)

8:10 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

10:50 a.m.

Late Start AM
(Wednesdays)

9:20 a.m.

9:25 a.m.

11:25 a.m.

Regular Start PM
(M, Tu, Th, F)

12:05 p.m.

12:10 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

Late Start PM
(Wednesdays)

12:40 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m.


Fast Facts About the Early Childhood Center


The information below is based primarily on the ECC's 2016-17 Illinois School Report Card.


► Grades: Preschool & Kindergarten


► Students: 228


► Total Faculty & Staff: 27


► Average Class Size: 17 students


► Teacher Retention: 78 percent


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


► School Colors: Black & Golden Orange


► School Nickname: Cubs


► Student Demographics


  • White: 46.1 percent
  • Black: 1.3 percent
  • Hispanic: 45.6 percent
  • Asian: 3.1 percent
  • American Indian: 1.3 percent
  • Two or More Races: 2.6 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0 percent
  • Low Income: 42.1 percent
  • English Learners: 36.4 percent
  • With Disabilities: 34 percent
  • Homeless: 1 percent

► Student Attendance: 95 percent