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


Students who have been notified and accepted for the 2019- 2020 WELC school year, please note:

Parent orientation is a very important part of our program. If you want your child to participate in this program, you must attend one of the following orientation times:

· Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 6:30 PM

· Friday, August 9, 2019, at 10:00 AM

These are our orientation days only. This is an opportunity for your child to become familiar with the school building and meet their teacher. Each orientation session will last approximately 1 hour. Your child will start school during the week of August 12, 2019; however, this will be a “phase-in” week, the first official full day will be August 19, 2019. More details will be given during orientation about phase-in days and you will be given an opportunity to sign up for one at that time. The date for the first full day of class is to be determined and will be discussed during orientation.

If for any reason, your circumstances change between now and August and your child will not be attending the Wandell Early Learning Center, please call (423)547-8000 ext. 8227 and leave a message.


Registration packets are available for pick up at the Central Office and East Side Elementary begining 2/17/2020

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year through contacting  East Side Elementary School at 423-547-8035 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Required documents for registration are listed below:

  • Birth Certificate: Official copy with the state seal
  • Social Security Card
  • TN Certificate 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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