Early Learning Campus

What is the ELC?

The Early Learning Campus (ELC) is part of the Gladys and Lewis "Sonny" Bass Louisville Scholar House Campus and is an exemplary early child development center for children of UofL faculty, staff and students, and residents of the Louisville Scholar House. The facility is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and offers full day curriculum for children aged six weeks to four years, (children who will turn four by October 1).

The ELC is located at the corner of 5th and Bloom Streets, (behind or just north of Betty Johnson Hall on UofL's Belknap Campus). Hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The ELC Family Handbook is a detailed overview about the facility, its programs, application information and much more.

We Have Openings!

The Early Learning Campus, the university's nationally accredited child development center, has immediate openings in several classrooms for three- and four-year old children. While we typically provide care only for children of UofL students, staff, faculty, affiliated universities, and residents of Scholar House and Old Louisville, children who will go to kindergarten this fall (born before October 1, 2011) do not have to be affiliated to be eligible. Three-and four-year old children who will not make the cutoff date for fall 2016 entry into kindergarten must meet the affiliation requirements. For more information, please call 502-852-3521.

Contact Us

Dr. Jill Jacobi-Vessels,
Interim Director of the ELC
University of Louisville
Early Learning Campus
409 Reg Smith Circle
Louisville, KY 40208
ELC Main Office:
FAX: 502-852-4391

Parent Quote about ELC

"We consider ELC a life-changer for our family. It is a daily challenge to balance a professional career and a family's well-being. No matter how organized and energetic the parent(s), there are always obstacles for which you find yourself unprepared. Being able to leave your child(ren) in capable, caring hands is a necessity. At the Early Learning Campus, I have no doubt about the care provided for my children, and in fact, I leave them confidently, knowing they have a day of learning, fun, kindness, and healthful meals ahead of them. We know that not every childcare facility offers such a positive environment, and our whole family is grateful for the quality of life offered by the ELC."
Sarah Lindgren

Application Process

Facility Tours

Tours of the facility are conducted at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Reservations are required--just call 502-852-3521.

Tuition Information

List of all program costs.

Waiting List/Enrollment Forms

To apply, send the application, income verification form, and application fee to:

University of Louisville
Attn: Dr. Jill Jacobi-Vessels, Director
Early Learning Campus
409 Reg Smith Circle
Louisville, KY 40208

Checks should be made payable to University of Louisville with ELC and your child's name written on the memo line.


The Early Learning Campus is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

For information on program accreditation click here.

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