Who Are We



Administrative Staff

Lena Scaff, Executive Director, 28 years of childcare experience

Sharla Manale, Associate Director, 21 years of childcare experience

Melissa Rodriguez, Program Director, 13 years of childcare experience

Priscilla Flores, Eligibility Specialist

Andrew Lopez, Finance Director


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 four Early Learning Centers in North and East Lubbock.

Babies and toddlers need quality interactions and environments in order to build strong brains, which will lay the foundation for all future learning.  Each Early Learning Center emphasizes a child development program focused on active learning.  While the children are in the learning environment, the parents are able to attend work or school.  Tuition is based on income and eligibility.

In 2010 Guadalupe, Talkington, and Carver Early Learning Centers were all renovated.  The renovations included painting, new carpet, new floor tile, new ceiling tile, replace plumbing fixtures, cabinets, windows and refinishing counters.

Funding sources for the Early Learning Centers include state and federal funding, United Way, USDA Child Care Food Program, Parent’s fees, LISD, and other grants and donations.  The Early Learning Centers cooperates with many community groups to provide additional services to the children and families.  A joint effort between LISD and Early Learning Centers provides child care services on site at Matthews Alternative High School.  The Foster Grandparent Program provides “Grandma’s” at each of the centers who work with the children providing love and reassurance as well as working on their academics.

Early Learning Centers participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through the Department of Agriculture.  Through this program we are able to offer breakfast, lunch and snack at no cost to our families.  We also provide all the baby formula and baby food at no cost.  Children received nutritious, balanced meals at the center.

For more information please call 806-765-9981 or email us at lena.scaff@elclubbock.org.

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