Early Learning Centers – FAQ

Where are the Centers located?

The Sanguinet Center is located at 3200 Sanguinet Street, Fort Worth 76107 (near I-30 and Hulen St.) The UNT Health Science Center is located at 3620 Modlin Avenue, Fort Worth 76107.

What age children do the Centers serve?

The Centers serve children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

What are the hours of operation?

Both Centers are open Monday – Friday from 6:30am to 6:00pm.

Are the Centers open year round?

Yes, the Centers operate year round. However, both will be closed 3 days for teacher training in addition to all major holidays.

Do the Centers have a part-time attendance schedule?

No. We offer a full-time, Monday – Friday schedule with a primary focus of serving working families.

What type of curriculum is used?

We use research-tested curriculums at the Lena Pope Early Learning Centers. Our learning curriculum is HighScope, which has been shown to be one of the most effective curriculums for early childhood. This curriculum focuses on creating a learning environment where teachers, students and parents partner in shaping the learning experience. Learning is accomplished through play and attention to the individual interests and developmental needs of your child. Learning occurs in all areas including social development, emotional development, emergent reading, emergent writing, math, and science. To learn more about HighScope, click here.

In addition to a learning curriculum, the Lena Pope Early Learning Centers also use a research-tested emotional and behavioral curriculum called Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline is based on the latest brain research and helps children, teachers, and parents learn to regulate their emotions, control their behavior, and use empathy to help others. Conscious Discipline helps children learn to take responsibility for themselves, their emotions and their behaviors. In doing so, they are able to develop compassion and empathy for others. To learn more about Conscious Discipline, click here.

Finally, the Sanguinet Lena Pope Early Learning Center features a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom that gives our kids a chance to interact with nature every day. Research shows that when children have more time in nature, their behavior and concentration improves, stress and bullying are reduced, physical coordination and health improves, and children gain a sense of wonder and interest in all areas of learning—especially science and math.

What is the educational level of the teachers?

Classroom teachers have a minimum of an Associate’s degree in early education or an early childhood field along with at least 1 year of experience in the classroom. Classroom aides have a minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or an Associate’s degree in early childhood education or related field and a minimum of 6 months experience working in a child care setting.

Are the Centers licensed child care facilities?

The Centers are licensed by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The Sanguinet Center is currently accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The UNTHSC center is currently undergoing the self-study process in pursuit of accreditation by NAEYC. Both centers hold a 4 star rating, the highest rating possible, by Texas Rising Star, a quality rating and improvement system for Texas early childhood programs.

What are the tuition fees?

Please contact our Early Learning Centers to request specific tuition cost information at 817-255-2562 (Sanguinet) or 817-569-6255 (UNTSHC) or contact us online.

Do the Centers accept child care subsidies?

Yes. The Centers accept child care subsidies. To ask about Child Care Management Services (CCMS) subsidy program and how to apply click here .  To ensure that families of all backgrounds can benefit from our Early Learning Centers, we also offer a tuition rate based on family income for families that qualify.

I’m not ready to enroll my child in a Center, but I am interested in continuing to stay informed about what’s going on at the Centers. How can I get information more regularly?

Let us know online and we will gladly keep you informed of updates.

If I have additional questions, how can I get them answered?

Please call 817-255-2562 (Sanguinet) or 817-569-6255 (UNTSHC) or contact us online.

Do the Centers have secured entrances?

Yes. Access to classrooms and indoor play areas is secured and require a code to gain entrance or assistance from each Center’s staff.

Will I be able to visit my child at the Centers?

Yes! Parents are encouraged to visit and observe their child at any time in their home-away-from-home learning environment.

Where can I obtain enrollment information?

Call 817-255-2562 (Sanguinet) or 817-569-6255 (UNTSHC) or contact us online.

How does my child get priority in enrolling?

In keeping with Lena Pope’s mission of helping create hope, happiness and success for children and families, the Early Learning Centers serve private pay families and families utilizing childcare subsidies. To ensure that your child is accepted into one of the openings at each Center, we encourage you to contact us and make an appointment for a tour and to complete an application. Waiting lists are maintained on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What other activities will my family have an opportunity to participate in?

Lena Pope believes that family involvement is a key factor in producing successful children. At the Early Learning Centers, families have the opportunity to participate in parent-teacher conferences, home visits, family nights, and volunteer opportunities. The Centers also have a Family Cooperative that plans family events at the Early Learning Center.

Are all staff trained in CPR and First Aid?

Yes. Lena Pope requires that staff receive training in CPR and First Aid every two years in addition to other safety and child development trainings required by state licensing and the agency.

How can I support what the Lena Pope Early Learning Centers are doing?

If you are interested in supporting the Lena Pope Early Learning Centers, you can send an online donation here. For more detailed giving opportunities related to the Early Learning Centers, please contact Keegan Hand, Director of Development, at 817.255.2616.

What safety precautions are in place due to COVID-19?

The Early Learning Centers have made significant changes to our operations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health and well-being of our students and staff. Safety measures include:

  • Only caregivers and other essential personnel are allowed in the building. Caregivers should spend the minimum amount of time possible in the building for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Temperature and health screenings for all students and staff should be performed at home prior to arrival at ELC each day.
  • Frequent hand-washing and sanitization, including daily disinfecting sprays throughout the facilities.
  • All adults are strongly recommended to wear masks when in the building.
  • Contained classroom groups, to the extent possible, to ensure contact tracing.