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Siskin Early Learning Center 
1101 Carter Street Chattanooga, TN 37402 | 423.648.1760                                                

Siskin Children's Institute has operated the Siskin Early Learning Center for more than 50 years. The center educates children with special needs and developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders, as well as typically developing children in an inclusive environment where children learn and play together. 

About Siskin Early Learning Center  

  • Low teacher-student ratios
  • Highly trained teachers and staff
  • An individualized learning approach valuing each child's interests, abilities and needs
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum emphasizing early literacy, creative arts and technology
  • Enrichment opportunities such as a weekly Creative Movement class by Ballet Tennessee
  • An integrated teaching model with related services support provided as indicated within the context of natural routines
  • Full-time nurse on staff
  • Strong Siskin Family Association
  • Additional parent resources and services offered through the Siskin Lending Library

Accreditation and Certifications

Siskin Early Learning Center (SELC) is committed to earning and maintaining accreditations and certifications in the areas of early childhood development and special education. Our staff implements best practice methodologies in the classroom to provide the highest quality early childhood learning environment possible and to comply with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) standards. The SELC is a licensed by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, is an approved Tennessee Category 1 private school and approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as a Child Care Center.

Siskin Early Learning Center
1101 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Siskin Early Learning Center is funded through Siskin Children's Institute and through contracts with the State of Tennessee and the Hamilton County Department of Education.

Siskin Children's Institute seeks to affirm the dignity and worth of every person. It is, therefore, the policy of the Institute to practice and ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all constituents with respect to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, political belief, socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. The Institute promotes the full realization of this policy through all organizational practices including admission and participation in programs and services.


Children with special needs and those who are typically developing learn and grow side by side 

photo of Baleigh in her classroom 

Siskin Early Learning Center-Downtown building photo 


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