History & Founders


Photo of Elmer & GlendaHarris Early Learning Center is the reality of a vision Elmer and Glenda Harris had to bring quality early care and education to the Birmingham downtown business district. From this vision grew a unique collaboration between local city government, the downtown business community and higher education through Auburn University. As of June, 2012, Auburn University became the owner of the Center. It is managed by Ph.D and Master’s level directors who are also assistant professors in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. 

The Center is accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which defines and enforces high standards of quality in childcare such as training and qualifications of teachers and teacher/child ratios. 

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View our state of the art facility.

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View our missionin aiding children.

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Meet our wonderful staff of teachers.

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Admission and application forms.