The Early Learning Centers of Lubbock

Our Mission Statement

Educating and nurturing young children and their families for successful futures.

About us

Carver Heights, the first of five Early Learning Centers, began operation in 1943 in East Lubbock. Today, we have four operating centers serving North and East Lubbock. We are devoted to providing quality interactions to lay the foundation for future learning.


Early Learning Centers offers an educational, hands on program to help all children grow and develop in their own unique way. Children will leave the Early Learning Centers Kindergarten ready.

Early Learning Centers also provides a nutritional program through the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP). We provide breakfast, lunch and snack to the children each day. We also provide baby formula, baby bottles and baby food at no additional cost.


We have four centers that service the North and East parts of Lubbock. Carver Early Learning Center, Guadalupe Early Learning Center, Talkington Early Learning Center and New Directions Early Learning Center.

All of our centers are easily accessible via Loop 289, I-27 and the Marsha Sharp Freeway.

Texas Rising Star

All of our Early Learning Centers are 4 Star Texas Rising Star Rating!

Child Care Relief Funding

We have Child Care Relief Funding available to all ELC families! Ask your center director how you can apply!

Is your child ready for Kindergarten?

Going straight to Kindergarten can be scary for young children. Enrolling your child in high-quality PreK and preschool can set your kid up for success throughout school and in their future! Register your kid today!

Referral Program Information

Refer a family that enrolls and after 30 days, get a credit for 1 child’s weekly fees! Visit our enrollment page to get started!

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“I chose the Early Learning Centers to help both my kids learn and build friendships, and to let them be a kid with other kids.”

“The Early Learning Centers are affordable because they go off income.”

“I have seen a huge change with my child’s learning since she’s started here.”

“Carver Early Learning Center’s staff is amazing with my child and takes care of him.”

“I like the communication from the staff and leadership. I’ve never felt like any question I’ve asked is a dumb question, I’ve always been met with respect and understanding.”

Join the Early Learning Centers of Lubbock Family

We would love to help your child reach those oh, so important milestones in life.

For more information please call 806-765-9981 or email

The Early Learning Centers of Lubbock is a United Way Community Partner. Please visit the United Way website for more information.

Proud Member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

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