Saint Thomas Early Learning Center is a parish day school serving children age 3 through Kindergarten. As a Christian school, in the Episcopal tradition, we worship and learn of God in scripture and nature, as well as through our common humanity. We seek to make each year so rich and full that growth and progress are truly appropriate to the age and individual.
At STELC, we believe play is the work of childhood. We structure our day, classrooms, and outdoor spaces to provide for exploration and discovery. Through these experiences, our children work on self-regulation and social skills, understanding physical properties of materials, developing thoughtful questions, and discovering the process of creating something new. We value childhood and the experiences of our children.
We are proud to be accredited by these organizations which correspond to our mission and values:
Congratulations Parents! You have chosen an early childhood program for your child that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of early childhood schools and child care centers. NAEYC is the Nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.
Our school is one of 11 Nature Explore schools in the state of Texas. We believe connecting children with nature is an integral part of their educational experience.
Click here to learn more about Nature Explore.
Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools covers a six-state region serving schools with grades PS through 12th grade. Overall, we accredit more than 80 schools and serve more than 125 member schools.
Episcopal schools are characterized by their:
* commitment to the centrality of excellence in teaching and of quality in learning
* service to their own community and to their broader communities
* belief in the values of respect and responsibility within the context of the Episcopal Church
* belief in leadership and stewardship for service in the world, and
* inclusivity and diversity that are foundational for educational excellence.
SAES is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation. It has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Commission’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices and to submit to a thorough review and evaluation of its accreditation standards, criteria, and procedures. SAES is recognized by three state agencies and by eleven Episcopal dioceses within the six states served by the association.