About Us

A little history…

Carver Heights, the first of five Early Learning Centers began operation in 1943 in East Lubbock. Carver Heights served low-income families whose mothers were working in the war effort. In 1951, Carver was joined with another center, sponsored by the Junior League, to form the Day Care Associate of Lubbock, Inc. The agency continued to grow with funding from the state, United Way, Community Development, Lubbock Independent School District, and foundation grants. Presently, there are five Early Learning Centers in North and East Lubbock.


Click on the center name to learn more about each center or to book a tour.

Carver Early Learning Center

2509 Elm Ave., 806-744-6726

Guadalupe Early Learning Center

101 Avenue K, 806-763-3777

Talkington Early Learning Center

2714 Erskine, 806-763-0535

New Directions Early Learning Center

417 Akron, 806-765-9126

Phenix Early Learning Center

1301 Vanda Ave, 806-765-0110

All of our centers are easily accessible via Loop-289 or the Marsha Sharp Freeway.

What Makes Early Learning Centers Different?


Funding sources for the Early Learning Centers include state and federal funding, United Way, USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, Parent’s fees, LISD, and other various grants and donations.

We want to give a special thanks to the following organizations that help us provide quality early childhood education at an affordable price to the families in Lubbock and surrounding areas, and to the organizations who help us supply each classroom with developmentally appropriate educational materials:

  • Amerigroup
  • Betenbough Homes
  • CH Foundation
  • City Bank
  • Community Foundation of West Texas
  • D. & K. Hunt Electric
  • Fox Pest Control
  • Happy State Bank
  • Helen Jones Foundation
  • Junior League of Lubbock
  • Lone Star State Bank
  • Lubbock Area United Way
  • Marsh McLennan Agency
  • M.S. Doss Foundation
  • Parkhill
  • Sonic
  • United Supermarkets
  • Wellborn-Payne Endowment

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 , contact Lena Scaff at lena.scaff@elclubbock.org or 806-765-9981

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