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This day is reserved for new students and students who were absent for picture day in the fall. In need of a picture order form? Please contact your child's teacher or the ELC Main office at 224-770-4300.
Please reach out to Alejandra to RSVP for this event.

220 Initiatives

2023-2024 Theme 

The theme in Barrington 220 for the 2023-24 school year is a celebration of our 50th anniversary!

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"The Early Learning Center believes in a nurturing, safe and respectful learning environment to support our youngest learners. We enrich, engage, encourage, nurture and treasure each child in our school."

Michelle AcostaPrincipalEarly Learning Center

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Innovation 220

The Barrington 220 School District is a nationally recognized school district known for its rich history, sense of community and innovative curriculum.

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    Early Learning Center

    Photo of Nancy Reed

    The ELC is a very special place because we have the privilege of working closely with our students and their families as they begin their school experience. I feel very fortunate to be one of the teachers here because I am supported by so many talented, caring and dedicated staff members. To be a part of the ELC team is to be a part of something very special, as we meet the unique and diverse needs of each child, and celebrate the growth of all of our youngest learners. Nancy ReedTeacher

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    I love being a part of the ELC team. The children's enthusiasm for life and love of learning resonate throughout the building. Together, we grow and learn every day!


    Maggie GatesSpeech Clinician

    Photo of Stacy Gutzmer

    The ELC is a special place where all children are deeply cared for by talented professionals who are dedicated to developing their love for learning. It is pure joy to see the progress our students make in their preschool years!

    Stacy GutzmerOccupational Therapist

    Photo of Caralee Niemiec

    The best part of the ELC is the relationships I form with my students, families, and colleagues. I am surrounded by an amazing staff who all have the same goal of doing what's best for our students. I love teaching young kids at one of the most critical stages in development and helping them to foster a love of learning.  Caralee NiemiecTeacher

    Photo of Carolanne Smith

    I love working at the ELC! Everyday is an opportunity to learn better practices and ways to support our students and their  families with registration and collaborating with our office team. Assisting our principal, Michelle Tapia, has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience. I'm excited to see what the future brings.


    Carolanne SmithAdministrative Assistant to the Principal/Registrar

    Photo of Mandy Konwent

    I feel blessed to be a part of the ELC. Every staff member in our building plays a role in the success of our students and we strive to make a difference everyday in the lives of our littlest learners. The transformation of each child from their first day that they walk into our doors, to when they leave us, is simply amazing!Mandy KonwentTeacher