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St. Paul Lutheran Church, School, and Early Learning Center



We aim to provide a safe and loving Christian environment that helps your child feel secure, loved, and included. Our desire is that your child would grow and develop spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. St. Paul Lutheran Early Learning Center is fully licensed under the State of Texas Department of Family and Protective and Regulatory Services. We have two full-time directors; all our teachers are certified and undergo an extensive background check. We invite you to learn more about us by exploring this website, calling, or visiting us in person.


Monday : 7:00am - 6:00pm

Tuedsay : 7:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday : 7:00am - 6:00pm

Thursday : 7:00am - 6:00pm

Friday : 7:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday : Closed

Sunday : Closed


Please call or email to set up a time for a personalized tour of our campus.


Call 956-682-2201










Maria Elena Rodriguez

Director of the Early Learning Center

Maria Elena Rodriguez, born and raised in McAllen, TX, has spent her entire life in the RGV. Married with four sons, she is also a proud grandmother to two grandchildren who attended St. Paul Lutheran ELC. Ms. Elena has been a dedicated member of the St. Paul Lutheran ELC community since 2006, where she passionately works with children, imparting knowledge about God's love. After serving many years as the assistant director, Ms. Elena was promoted to the Director of the Early Learning Center in 2020.


Stephanie Perez

Assistant Director

Stephanie Perez was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She is a mother of two: her daughter Hailey, born in 2012, and her son Logan, born in 2020, both attended the Early Learning Center. Stephanie has been a part of the St. Paul community since 2015. She initially started in the three-and-a-half-year-olds' classroom before advancing to the role of Assistant Director. Stephanie finds joy in working with children, as one of the most rewarding aspects is the genuine love they express throughout the day.

Stephanie graduated from McAllen High School in 2009 and attended South Texas College for two years, studying criminal justice.

In her free time, Stephanie stays active by hiking and working out and cherishes family time with her children.



What hours are you open?

St. Paul Early Learning Center is open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


What are the child-teacher ratios?

The Texas Childcare Licensing Department minimum ratios are listed below. We always provided more supervision than the minimum required.


Do the ELC children need to wear a uniform?

No, the children that attend our childcare are not required to wear uniforms.


Are the teachers trained in CPR and First Aid?

Yes, all of our teachers are required by St. Paul ELC and Texas Child Care Licensing to be CPR and First Aid Certified.


Are we able to visit our children during the school day?

Yes, St. Paul has an open-door policy and parents are welcome to come at any time.


What is your tuition?

Here at St. Paul, we have different options to accommodate you. We have full-time and part-time options available. Please call to set up a time for a personal tour of our facilities.


Does St. Paul Early Learning Center provide educational activities for the children?

Yes, St. Paul uses the Abeka Christian curriculum for 18 months – 4-year-olds. 


Do we need to bring in lunch or snacks for our children?

No, St. Paul ELC provides a morning snack, a nutritious lunch, and an afternoon snack for the children. The fee is included in the monthly tuition. You are always welcome to bring your child a lunch or snack if you feel that your child might not like what is being served that day.

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