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About Early Learning

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Welcome to USD 383 Early Learning!

With the term “kindergarten readiness” being used more than ever, parents sometimes wonder what they should be doing to prepare for that pivotal moment in time and often wonder how they will know their child is “ready”.

It is important to understand that kindergarten readiness occurs in many ways and looks different family to family. Our early learning program is designed to provide a variety of programming and supports, for children prenatal to age five, to help meet the individualized needs of children and families.

As you explore our early learning site, we are hopeful that your family is drawn to something that brings you hope. Whether you are concerned for your child’s development, need more support with your child’s learning at home, or are looking for a preschool experience for your child—we are here to help!

No one should feel like they must do it alone—and the truth is, none of us can! Please reach out to me, or another member of our team, if you need further assistance. We would be honored to be a part of your child’s journey.



Elisabeth Nelson

Director of Early Learning

Contact Us

Located at College Hill Early Learning Center, 2600 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502

Phone: 785-587-2830

Elisabeth Nelson – Director of Early Learning

Karyn Clanton – Administrative Assistant

Micah Karl – Infant Toddler Services Coordinator

Brandy Kirk – Family Education Coordinator

Leigh Bailey – Program Coordinator