Welcome to Saint Mark Early Learning Center!


(205) 822-1312

ABOUT US: The Saint Mark UMC Early Learning Center is a DHR certified school that provides a safe space for children to learn and grow. We value academic and spiritual formation that is grounded in God’s Word.

OUR GOAL: We aim to enhance the cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of children through a balance of structure and discovery. Children need opportunities to explore their environment and to be guided by teachers who understand child development.

OUR APPROACH: Saint Mark ELC incorporates a balance of planned activities designed to help children progress toward meeting developmentally appropriate goals, as well as improvised activities that emerge from the children’s interests or from unexpected experiences. Throughout the day, our teachers observe and document the children’s learning to create plans that will continue to meet each individual child’s needs and encourage them to explore and meet new goals. Our goal is to give children a foundation that will foster a love of God and learning. We want children to be fully engaged in their world by asking questions and sharing thoughts and ideas in a safe nurturing environment.

OUR PARTNERSHIP: There is a strong connection between the ELC and the Saint Mark UMC Kids Ministry, which offers spiritual formation for newborns through 3rd grade.