Early Learning Program

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The Early Learning Program at South Tulsa Baptist Church is a Christian academic Preschool/Kindergarten. Our purpose is to provide a variety of learning experiences which will help young children develop academically, socially, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We provide a well-rounded foundation for growth through the use of learning centers, “hands-on” activities, and special classes.

We have an extensive security system for all exterior doors and interior doors leading into preschool and kindergarten areas, plus a building-wide alert system for natural and man-made emergencies. Teachers can communicate with parents via the Procare App or phone calls at appropriate times of the day.
Established in January of 1983, the Early Learning Program is one of the premier weekday programs in the South Tulsa area. With a staff of 32, a maximum of 155 students have the opportunity for social, emotional and strong academic development within a Christian environment. Daily specialty classes of Bible Story, Music, Motor Room and Chapel provide for additional Biblical and foundational Christian training. Thirteen classes divide the children into age appropriate groups taught by two teachers, many of whom have been with Early Learning Program for 15 years or longer! Class ratios range from 1:3 in one-year-old classes up to 1:7 in the PreK classes. 

• Waitlist for 2024-2025 School Year •

Please follow the link above beginning January 1, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. to be time-stamped for possible enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year. This is the only way to be put on the waitlist. We will not take phone calls or emails to reserve your spot on the waitlist. You will be notified in February if a spot is available or about your placement on the waitlist.

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Please contact one of our Co-Directors, April Thompson (elp1@southtulsa.org) or Lorrie Falat (elp3@southtulsa.org),
or by phone (918) 299-0900 for more information. 

Ages Served

Children 12 months (by September 1 of each school year) through Kindergarten (5-6 yrs) may attend. Three classes of ones, twos, threes, and fours are provided. Children are divided by age and development. We do require that children entering the three-year-old program be toilet trained.

Operating Days/Schedule

ELP classes begin the third week of August and close in mid-May. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 1’s and 2’s and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for PreK from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with an early release at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Threes have the option to attend T/Th or T/Th/F.

Special Activities

Throughout the year, we have special activities at ELP. Beginning with our Daddy Date Night and Costume Parade in October, a Thanksgiving Jubilee in November and Christmas Praise in December. Many opportunities are available for parents to join in on our fun. In the spring semester, we have Fun Day, visits from community helpers, and a school-wide PJ Party. To end the year, many of the classes have a Mother’s Day Tea and Spring Sing. Our final fun day is a Water Play Day the last week of school.


Our Kindergarten has two qualified teachers with a teacher-to-student ratio maximum of 1:8. We use Saxon Math and Phonics for our curriculum along with an individualized reading program developed by the Kindergarten teachers. We have an extended day for Kindergarten with drop-off at 9:05 a.m./pickup at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday/Thursday and 9:05 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. on Friday for a total of 17+ hours of weekly instruction. Once a month an enrichment day – Camp Kinder – is held on Wednesdays from 9:05 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.