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Welcome to Westchester Lutheran Early Learning Center


We have a new name and logo for our preschool. So, what is the difference between “Early Learning Center” and “Preschool” ?

Well, first of all, we have added infant and toddler rooms to the facility and now care for children age 6 weeks through 4 years. The word “Early” captures that age group.

Second, as we build on the over 50 years of early education that WLC has provided to the community, we are moving into the current best practices for the education of very young children. The research in early childhood has built and changed considerably over the past 20 years. Instead of children sitting at tables and doing worksheets, the focus is on helping the child develop not only cognitively, but also emotionally, socially, physically, and …. something special we offer…develop spiritually. “Learning” is what the children are doing every day…but in ways that are appropriate for this age group – hands on learning through play.

How does learning take place? By offering activities each day planned to develop various skills, by providing environments both inside and outside that stimulate children’s interest, causing them to explore, discover, and creatively think and plan. Our teachers enjoy putting together these rich environments for each age group.

Our Director,  Mrs. Shirley Becker comes to us with many years of experience.  She was the Director of First Lutheran Early Education Center in Torrance for 25 years. During that time, she expanded the program from a small preschool to include an infant toddler program and satellite center that cares weekly for 160 children from 6 weeks to 5 years. She is enjoying the challenge of creating an environment that is enriching and engaging for young children.

If you are interested in enrolling your child, please complete the application form and follow the instructions below.

  1. Download the application form and fill out completely.
  2. Please submit the application form by email to or in person to the school office from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  3. We will call you to confirm if we have an opening for your child.
  4. ONCE YOU'RE CONFIRMED FOR A SPOT, you must pay the non-refundable registration fee of $175. Fee must be paid by check or cash in person at the office.

•  Infant Toddler Parent Handbook
 Preschool Parent Handbook