Many Homecoming visitors attended the dedication of the new state-of-the-art Early Childhood Learning Center Sunday, October 27. With 51 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers enrolled and 18 student teaching slots filled, the ECLC is an important part of MLC’s early childhood education program. “With the growing program at MLC, more students needed places to student teach,” said Professor Jennifer Mehlberg, the ECLC director. “The new center allows for that. There are also opportunities for students to come and observe the children to apply what they’re learning in their courses.” Students enrolled in our early childhood program are excited to teach in this beautiful new facility. Pictured: Professor Haar works with students at the center.
Total Gifts and Commitments Received: $3,547,000
- Towards the New Building: $3,355,000
- Towards Scholarships/Program: $192,000
Approximate Gap in Funding: $80,000
We thank God for the Spirit-motivated generosity that continues throughout this campaign. We thank the group of donors who presented $1.3M to MLC as a challenge grant for Let the Children Come. We also thank all who responded to this challenge with prayers and donations. The entire challenge amount that was presented has been matched. Praise God for his goodness! Please consider a donation to fund the final amount needed for this important ministry.
To ask questions or discuss how you might participate in this important campaign, contact Rev. Michael Otterstatter, MLC VP for Mission Advancement, at 1 (877) MLC-1995; or WELS Ministry of Christian Giving at 1 (800) 827-5482.
The campaign goal includes funding for an expanding ministry to our campus, community, and synod. Due to an increased enrollment at the ECLC (over 68% for next year), we have planned for additional staff. To serve the growing need for continuing early childhood education, we planned tuition assistance funds for current ECE instructors.