Early Learning Center

The St. Mary Magdalen Early Learning Center opened in March 1987, recently celebrating the 30th anniversary, and was developed by parishioners to provide high quality care for the children of working parents. Over the years, the center has expanded and been renovated to accomodate the changing needs of the parish along with the greater community. At the same time, every effort has been made to keep the pre-school small enough to maintain a family atmosphere. St. Mary Magdalen Early Learning Center is a full service center, which includes a stimulating pre-school, a VPK Program, an active school program and an exciting summer camp. For more information call Elisa Steiner at 407-831-3740 or email ESteiner@smmschool.org.

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School prepares students for life with a quality Christ-centered education in a safe and supportive environment. Families, faculty and parish share in the development of the spiritual, academic and social potential of each student as a unique child of God.


At the Early Learning Center we believe that children learn through being, doing, feeling and thinking. The Early Learning Center provides healthy, physical care in a friendly, challenging learning environment through the leadership of trained, competent and responsible adults. All areas of development are considered vital - physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual. We work to be inclusive of each child's unique needs and rate of development by offering appropriate opportunities to stimulate growth and development for each child at each age level. The Early Learning Center's curriculum helps children to become aware of the world's rich diversity. Our program provides materials and experiences to teach children to be respectful and appreciative of differences among cultures, heritages, genders and levels of ability. In addition to the traditional activities available in a child preschool program, St. Mary Magdalen Early Learning Center offers opportunities for interaction between the children and senior citizens. This interaction includes sharing short skits, story-telling, parties and sing-alongs. Both groups benefit from this interaction; thus our "circle of love" is complete.

The Early Learning Center was recently recognized by the Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County for providing an accredited, high-quality early childhood education program. In addition, the Early Learning Center received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for their outstanding and invaluable service to the Community.

Director, Elisa Steiner, has served the Center since 1987. All teachers and assistants at the Early Learning Center hold degrees from accredited colleges or universities and/or credentials in early childhood development.  As a ministry of St. Mary Magdalen School, we hold our accreditation with the Florida Catholic Conference.

Our center is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Center, call Elisa Steiner at 407.831.3740 or e-mail ESteiner@smmschool.org.

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