Mission Statement

About Us


  • Rev. William J. Watters, S.J., President
  • Erica Meadows, Director
  • Sharon Wheaden-West, Executive Assistant
  • Aurelia Burt, Program Coordinator
  • Candra Healy, Development Director
  • Mary Beth Orrson, Development Specialist
  • Maureen C. Locher, Development Associate
  • Kate Flores, Web Administrator


  • Ann Bollinger, Teacher
  • Danielle Dawkins, Teacher
  • Melissa Walker, Teacher
  • Kellie Waters, Teacher
  • Emily Caine, Assistant Teacher
  • Kamaria Fullwood, Assistant Teacher
  • Imani Sims, Assistant Teacher
  • Ivonna Williams, Assistant Teacher

September 2017:
The Jesuits' Maryland Province chronicles the opening days of LELC.

December 2019:

LELC President Rev. William J. Watters, S.J. ("Father Bill"), has been featured in a Baltimore Sun​ opinion column by Dan Rodricks that highlights Father Bill's commitment to Jesuit education for low-income students in Baltimore, including LELC.

May 2019:

LELC President Rev. William J. Watters, S.J., delivered Loyola University Maryland's 2019 graduation address and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his dedication to the children of Baltimore.

February 2019:

We're now partnering with the Loyola Clinical Care Centers, thanks to a grant from the Wright Family Foundation.

March 2019:

Our 3-year-old students at LELC helped teachers assemble bags for Viva House.

March 2019:

Welcome to Candra Healy as our new full-time Director of Development!

April 2018:

The Jesuits' Central and Southern Province wrote an update about LELC that includes several lovely photos!



September 2017:

Read an early feature on LELC from the Baltimore Sun​.

Year-Round Updates:

Check us out on Instagram to get real-time updates on our school!

October 2019:

We've been featured in Baltimore Magazine as we begin our third school year!

The Loyola Early Learning Center is a year-round parish preschool institution focused on early childhood education, rooted in the Catholic Jesuit tradition of personal care, learning, and spiritual growth. LELC serves a diverse group of two to five-year-old boys and girls from families of slender means in Baltimore City and of registered families of St. Ignatius Parish. The Center addresses the holistic development of children: their physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive, social, behavioral, and cultural growth, preparing them for kindergarten and capable of meeting the challenges of elementary school and beyond. Scholarships are awarded to every child accepted from low-income families in Baltimore City to attend LELC.