Pre-K Early Learning Centers

  • Our program is dedicated to preparing your child for a lifetime of learning, ensuring they succeed socially, emotionally, and academically in kindergarten and beyond. 

    About the Program
    Our curriculum is centered around the High Scope educational approach, focusing on critical areas such as math skills and phonological awareness. Your child will learn number identification, simple math computations, letter identification, and sound and letter blending—key components contributing to becoming strong readers and successful learners. We're committed to ensuring every child is kindergarten-ready and equipped with the skills to excel throughout their school years.

    Key Features and Benefits

    • Strategic Locations: Situated in convenient locations, our Pre-K sites offer easy access to all families within the Phenix City School District, emphasizing our commitment to community-wide educational advancement.

    • Custom-Built Facilities: With 15 classrooms designed for Pre-K learning, each equipped with two dedicated teachers, we ensure a nurturing, personalized learning environment with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio.

    • Affordable Quality: Our program offers a high-quality, free Pre-K education, with optional after-school care at a small fee, ensuring every child is included due to financial constraints.

    • Expert Staff: Our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly qualified, holding degrees and certifications in Early Childhood Education.

    Enrollment and Eligibility
    The enrollment window is open from January 15 to March 22, with a fair and transparent lottery drawing scheduled for April 5. Eligibility is straightforward, welcoming all children who will be four years old by September 1 and can independently attend to their toileting needs.

    Our program is dedicated to preparing your child for a lifetime of learning, ensuring they succeed socially, emotionally, and academically in kindergarten and beyond.

  • The Phenix City School District has two campuses:

    • Phenix City Early Learning Center, 1014 Ingersoll Drive | Phone: 334-298-1418 

    • Creekside Early Learning Center, 2703 40th Street | Phone: 334-291-2017

    Is my child eligible?

    • My child turned 4 years old before September 1st.

    • I live within the Phenix City School System. (We do not accept transfers for the Pre-K program.)

    How do I register?

    1. Visit the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education website. All applicants will go to Pre-K Pre-Registration to register.

    2. Complete the application carefully and select either Phenix City Early Learning or Creekside Early Learning.

    3. Respond to all emails from the district coordinator, Courtney Thornton, within 3 days. Check your email SPAM folder regularly.

    4. Pre-registration runs from January 15 till March 22. The lottery for both sites will take place a week later. 

     Important to know:

    • Parents provide transportation to and from school.

    • We provide free breakfast and lunch each day.

    • Parents must complete at least 12 volunteer hours during the year.

    • Students must be potty-trained.

    Links/Files:

  • Students on the waitlist who are enrolled during the school year must provide the following up-to-date documentation:

    • Birth Certificate

    • Social Security Card

    • Alabama Immunization record/shots

    • Proof of residency for the Phenix City school district/Alabama (utility bill)

    Recommended school supplies for the school year are:

    • Book Bag (No Wheels)

    • Small Pillow

    • Small Blanket

    • Complete Change of Clothes

    Please place the child’s name on all supplies.


Courtney Thornton