UCELC is a ministry of University Carillon and is overseen with advice and guidance from the UCELC Council, which is comprised of church members, parent representatives, the UCELC director, and includes guidance from the UC Children’s Ministry Director and Pastoral Staff.

We serve students who are age 2 through VPK (4 years old) on September 1st of the beginning of the school year in which they are attending.

UCELC is licensed and meets all requirements stated by the Florida Department of Children and Families. We are covered under the church umbrella insurance policy. Our school is open to children of any race, color, faith and national or ethnic origin.

For information concerning Voluntary Pre-K (also known as Universal Pre-K), please go to www.vpkflorida.org .


Our mission is to create a Christian environment that inspires children to develop inner discipline, self-assurance, a love for learning and to know their Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Young children learn through their play experiences. Small groups, hands-on experiences and multi-sensory materials all help define the educational purpose of our classrooms at UCELC. Our  core curricula are Scripture Bites and We Care. Teachers are free to pull from other resources to enhance their lessons. The following curriculum guidelines help prepare each child for an age appropriate learning experience.

Spiritual Development

Includes Christian worldview, character development, Bible verses and stories, Chapel worship, prayer, caring about others, making good decisions. (He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.—Psalm 25:9) Spiritual development of young children cannot be addressed as an afterthought, but should be forefront in every way we serve our children, especially since one's moral and spiritual development begins as early as age two and is generally determined by age nine (Bama, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, 2003).

Monthly units include:

Jesus Feeds the 5000, God’s Special Book, Good Samaritan, Jesus grows up to do His Father’s work, Wise and foolish builders, God made people, God made our World, Pumpkin Parable, The Lost Coin, David the music maker, Prodigal Son, Story of Ruth, Give thanks to the Lord, Jesus is born, Jesus-Name above all names, God’s special rules, Joseph’s colorful coat, Solomon builds  God’s house, Daniel and the Lion’s den, Jesus’ friends follow Him, Jesus loves the little children, God frees His People, Noah’s Big Boat, Jesus teaches about the lost sheep, The Sower and the seed, A woman obeyed Elijah, God made all creatures, God made a beautiful garden (Gethsemane), Jesus is alive, Jesus tells us to share, The Good News, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus calms the storm, Young Samuel listens to God’s voice

Social Interaction

Playing (free choice of activities), sharing (cooperation and respect for others), working independently and as part of a group, expressing feelings and needs (understanding emotions and  asking questions), role playing (imagination and make believe), obeying rules (self-protection and safety). (Show proper respect to everyone.— 1 Peter 2:17)


Students and teachers (3s and VPK) have access to i-pads and kindles to use alongside daily lessons.

Physical Development (P.E.)

Large and small muscle, health and grooming, games and creative movement, perceptual motor skills. (Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.—II Chronicles 15:7)

Reading Readiness

Visual discrimination, auditory skills, language development, introduction to alphabet, phonemic awareness, shape and color recognition, size relationships, spatial concepts and opposites, creative expression. (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.—Proverbs 1:7)

Math Readiness

Sorting, classifying, patterning, graphing, numeral recognition, number sense (Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.—Proverbs 19:20)

Social Skills

We offer many learning activities in each monthly unit to build preschoolers' skills. Hands-on and fun to do, these activities integrate Bible scriptures and stories with math, science, language, cooking, art, guided play, listening, music, writing, drama, gross motor skills, tactile experiences, and more.

Special Events

Monthly activities and visitors are scheduled as enrichment to our program. These include Pumpkin Patch, Community Helpers, Thanksgiving Program, Gingerbread Night, Winter Wonderland, Noah’s Ark Program, Mud/Water Days, Holy Week, Book Fair and more. More information concerning these events is in your Helping Hands Handbook


  • Are Christians.
  • Are required to have the 45 hour state child care courses in Early Childhood Education.
  • Are fingerprinted and background checked by local, state and federal agencies.
  • Are certified in child First Aid and CPR
  • Have 10 hours annually of continuing education in Early Childhood Education.

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"When my daughter began Kindergarten her teacher asked me what preschool my daughter had attended because she was very well prepared for Kindergarten and at the top of the class for math and reading. I was happy to tell her that my daughter had spent 3 years attending UCP (now UCELC) including her VPK year. My daughter’s success in Kindergarten has validated my decision in sending my kids to UCP (now UCELC). All of her testing has come in well above average when compared to her age group. She is reading at a 2nd grade level based on tests performed at her school and she is just in Kindergarten. So when I had to make a decision in March on a VPK program for my son it was an easy decision to make. I decided to keep him at UCP (now UCELC) for one more year. The reason I think their program is so successful is because UCP (now UCELC) has talented and caring teachers and staff that run a structured but fun curriculum that keeps the children engaged while learning in a Christian environment." ~ Magge Fernandez

"I couldn't of dreamt of a more perfect place for my two children to attend preschool.
From the caring staff to the exceptional curriculum. My children were not only prepared for Kindergarten but they had a rich understanding of the bible. UCP (now UCELC) has lived up to every expectation I had for a preschool for my children." ~ Courtney Hoffmann

"I drive my daughter from College Park, which is just outside of downtown Orlando, so she can attend UCP (now UCELC). I don’t do this because I like to sit in rush hour traffic each morning; I do it because it is an amazing school that helps to mold her into a confident and passionate student with strong Christian values. Her enthusiasm to further explore the things she knows and eagerness to gain new knowledge is a direct result of the stellar faculty and the supportive staff of the school. The experiences she has gained while attending UCP (now UCELC) will follow her throughout her academic career and beyond. As a parent, I can’t ask for anything more." ~ Brian Kulbaba

"University Carillon Preschool (now University Carillon Early Learning Center) has been growing young members of my family for the past 15 years. I always knew when the time came, my children would attend as well. My second child is now attending the 3 year old program and UCP (now UCELC) has been an absolute blessing. The teachers are so amazing! They are the perfect combination of highly skilled educators and very loving. The teachers recognize each child as an individual and give unconditional love while providing unforgettable experiences for these young gifts from God. The Director of the school and the office staff are friendly, accommodating and professional. UCP (now UCELC) is truly an amazing place and I am so blessed for all the wonderful experiences my children have had while there." ~ Lori Saxton

"Our experience at UCP (now UCELC) has been nothing but wonderful. I have been so impressed with the love, guidance, and learning each teacher my kids have had at this school has provided. I have watched them each grow not only academically, but socially and spiritually as well. My oldest son who started at UCP (now UCELC) in the 3’s program thrived this year in Kindergarten. I know a lot of that is thanks to the amazing education he received at this school. I am watching my 3 year old twins follow in his footsteps and have seen huge growth in both of them this year...they love school already! It is so nice to bring my children to a place I know they love to be at, I love what they are gaining from it, and a place that I am comfortable in knowing they are being taken care of and loved. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the teachers and staff at this school. They take a true interest in your children. It truly feels like they love them like they are their own!" ~ Colleen Calhoun

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