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Early Learning Center

Since 1981, families have turned to St. Paul's Early Learning Center for quality childcare in a loving, learning environment.

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St. Paul's Early Learning Center is licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

For more information, call Julie Hanlin, St. Paul's Early Learning Center Director, at 319-363-6349,

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Meet our Director of Kids Ministry

Welcome to children’s ministries here at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. I am so glad that you are here! My name is Julie Hanlin and I am the Children’s Ministry Director. Children are a blessing to us all and a very important part of the St. Paul’s family. We strive to offer something for all ages to impact the children of our community and prepare them to discover their uniqueness and facilitate their growth in their relationships with God. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I would love to meet with you and welcome you to our St. Paul’s family!

Our Mission: We believe all children are entitled to gather together in this place to experience God’s love. Where faith, imagination, and learning go hand in hand. 

Parent Testimonial

Finding quality daycare/early learning centers  isn’t easy, much less for part-time care. None of the options I found made me feel good — until I met Julie Hanlin, the director of the Early Learning Center at St.Paul’s United Methodist Church. Julie runs  a program that is truly centered on providing children a structured nurturing and learning environment. A lot of other daycares promise that, but they don’t deliver — it just feels like kids are being ‘watched’ for a few hours, not truly cared for. I could only find stellar reviews of the program, and now I’m writing one of my own.

My two-year-old loves going to “school,” and I feel good about leaving him in his teachers’ and Julie’s hands. Parents bring their kids to St. Paul’s for years, and as their families grow, they bring their younger children. Many teachers are parents who fell in love with the program enough to become certified ELC teachers themselves.

The ELC at St. Paul’s is a gem, and meets a huge need for quality part-time child care and early learning in our community. I can’t recommend it enough.

Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS)

Iowa quality rating system is a voluntary child care rating system for DHS licensed centers, DHS licensed Preschools, Department of Education programs and Child Development Homes. St. Paul’s early Learning Center is proud to announce our Level 4 Rating.

Proud member of the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children

    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    1340 3rd Ave SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


    Office Hours:
    Monday-Thursday | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Friday | 8:00 am -12:00 pm 


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