Welcome to the ELC!

early learning center


The Barrington Early Learning Center is a free early childhood education program that serves at-risk preschool students ages 3 to 5 years-old in the Barrington 220 School District. The school mascot is the Zebra. The ELC qualifies prospective students through screenings offered throughout the school year in the areas of pre-academic skills, gross and fine motor skills, vision and hearing, social skills, and speech/language. Students are placed according to their individual needs.

When the original Early Learning Center opened in 1986, it was located at the former Woodland Elementary School in Carpentersville. The current state of the art ELC building opened in Barrington in 2010, sharing a campus with Prairie Middle School. This proximity allows for a unique partnership between the two schools, in which the ELC benefits from service projects by Prairie students.


Our office hours during the school year are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. If your child needs to be absent, please contact the school office at (224) 770-4300 prior to 9am or you may enter your child’s absence through the parent portal. If you need to pick up your child or come into the school for any other reason, please bring a picture ID or any other acceptable form of ID for safety purposes.


The morning session each day begins at 8am and runs until 10:30am. The afternoon session begins at 12:05pm and runs until 2:40pm, except on Wednesdays when there is an early release at 2:10pm. 

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Barrington Early
Learning Center

40 E. Dundee Road
Barrington, IL 60010

main office staff

Michelle Acosta


Fanny Cintron

Administrative Assistant

Jesse Dionesotes

Assistant Principal

Aurely Gamez

Administrative Assistant

Keri Personette

Certified School Nurse, MEd, RN, PEL-SN

Carolanne Smith

Administrative Assistant to Principal/Registrar