We invest in Baltimore's littlest learners when it matters most!
LELC is a licensed preschool and early childhood education program, rooted in a Catholic Jesuit tradition of personal care, learning, and spiritual growth. We provide full scholarships to a diverse group of children (ages 2-5) from low-income families in Baltimore City.
Our Core Values
Our overarching mission is to remedy socioeconomic disparity in kindergarten readiness among Baltimore City children. We offer a high-quality preschool curriculum, characterized by individualized support for our students and by parent involvement.
Scholarships for every student.
Our generous benefactors and scholarship sponsors know that the MOST impactful time to invest in a child’s education is during early childhood–-and that many children from low-income families don’t have access to quality early education. Our sponsors’ investment over the course of a child’s three years at LELC makes our model possible … and forever changes the lives of our students. They graduate “kindergarten-ready” and on track for success in elementary school and beyond.
A unique place of learning focused on the whole child.
Our students benefit from consistent year-round structured learning, quality teachers, small class sizes, individual and small-group instruction, new facilities, health screening, learning assessments and an engaging experiential learning program.
We focus on the holistic development of each child—promoting physical, emotional, cognitive, creative, social, behavioral, cultural and spiritual growth—to ensure that each child has the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten and in life.
A Collective Approach to Early Education.
We believe that it takes a village to raise children who are ready to meet life’s challenges and become “persons for others.” To that end, we require that our parents volunteer at the school, attend parent education workshops, contribute parent fees and take an active role in their children’s education.
Our teachers engage with families in an inclusive and reciprocal way, learning to understand each family’s culture and values. That understanding informs the development of culturally responsive learning experiences.
“I chose to send my daughter to LELC after seeing how this school is a community that truly cares about each individual child. … I am so thankful to be able to give my daughter the best opportunity to jump-start her education—something I wouldn’t have been able to afford without LELC!”
Class of 2020 Parent