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Wandell Early Learning Center (Pre-K)

The Wandell Early Learning Center provides a dynamic learning experience that helps pre-kindergarten age children to make a smooth and successful transition into school. WELC students are encouraged to be creative, to make responsible decisions and to interact socially. Housed at East Side Elementary School, the WELC educates 80 students, and has one director, four teachers and numerous teachers assistants in its staff. The program has grown and developed since its creation in 1974, thanks to the commitment of staff, successful acquisition of grant monies and the desire of parents to see their children succeed. To contact the WELC, call 423-547-8035.


Monday - Friday
8:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


WELC - 423-547-8035
Director - 423-547-8000 X 8227


800 Siam Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643


Pre-registration will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at East Side Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You may pre-register online for 2019-20. You must also bring in required documentation by or before the pre-registration date, and you will still need to attend pre-registration with your child for health screenings.

  • Birth Certificate: Official copy with state seal
  • Social Security Card
  • TN Ceritificate of immunization showing a current physical exam (You get this from your doctor or from the health department.)
  • Two (2) proofs of residence for City of Elizabethton (Property tax records, mortgage documents or property deed, apartment or home lease, electric bill or deposit receipt, water bill or deposit receipt, gas bill or deposit receipt ***No phone bills***)
  • Proof of all household income or public assistance (tax returns, W-2, Food Stamps)

Please keep in mind that registration does not guarantee enrollment. Children will be selected based on availability and those most in need as per TN state enrollment requirements. If your child is selected for placement at the WELC, he or she must have the above information when they return for school in the Fall. Please make arrangements for needed shots and physicals prior to the beginning of school in August. students will not be enrolled without all of their documentation -- no exceptions. 


The mission of the Elizabethton City Schools Wandell Early Learning Center is to continue to visibly provide an exemplary, developmentally appropriate, inclusive learning environment that effectively changes the lives of all four-to-five-year-old children in the City of Elizabethton through meaningful learning activities. It will also be a mentor site for pre-service early childhood educators throughout the region.


Travis Thompson
423-547-8000 X 8227

Susan Dugger

Ashley Estep

Rhonda Taylor

Cassie Minton

Caytie Maupin



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