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Director's Message

Mrs. Berry

Welcome to Horace Mann Early Learning Center!  Horace Mann ELC is part of the Rock Island-Milan School District 41 and is the early childhood “hub” of programs and services. There are three programs within the early childhood programs here in the school district: Head Start, Preschool for All (PFA) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).


Horace Mann ELC is home to 5 Head Start classrooms, 1 Preschool for All room and 5 Early Childhood Special Education classrooms. Our building houses approximately 150 preschool students and is also an office home to our preschool support staff of management, family service workers, program assistants and administrative assistants as well as therapists for occupational and physical therapy for our special education students.  Our Early Childhood Program classrooms also are located in 7 other district buildings: Rock Island Academy, Center for Math and Science, Earl Hanson, Thomas Jefferson, Longfellow, Thurgood Marshall and Ridgewood. 


The mission of the ECE programs is to provide our students the foundation of a quality education. Our vision is to become the choice provider of early childhood education within our community. Our priorities are to build respectful relationships and support seamless transitions from home to school learning for children and their families. We believe that through our three programs of services we are able to carry out our mission, vision and priorities.


Thank you for visiting our site and for your interest in Horace Mann Early Learning Center. Please feel free to contact me if you would like any additional information.


-Nicole Berry, Director of Early Childhood Programs/ELC Principal