Our History

Variety Early Learning Center, Opening 1954

Variety Opening Ceremony
Photo Source: Las Vegas Review Journal, November 28, 1954
Variety Early Learning Center Historic Resource Evaluation Report

 

Serving the Las Vegas Community since 1955….

The Variety Club of Southern Nevada Tent 39 recognized the need for a day home that would care for children of working mothers. Through their efforts and with support of local hotel owners and entertainers, their vision became a reality.
The Divine Providence Variety Day Home opened their doors in 1955 and was the first of its kind in Las Vegas. Tent 39 chose the Sisters of the Holy Family to operate the Day Home, which eventually became the independent, non-sectarian, not-for-profit known today as Variety Early Learning Center.
As years passed, community needs grew over the years and led to the Center expanding its services. In 1982, infant care and other programs were added, including childcare scholarships for low income families.

Variety Day Home Ground Breaking 1956

1956 Variety Day Home Ground Breaking for two room addition to the Divine Providence Day Home
Photo Source: Las Vegas Review Journal, April 2, 1956.
Variety Early Learning Center Historic Evaluation Report 2011

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Today, the Variety Early Learning Center is consistently recognized for its academic excellence and its commitment to the community to provide affordable, high quality early education for the children and their families.
A comprehensive site search for a new campus in the Downtown Las Vegas area was conducted by the Variety Early Learning Center and VELC received a “First Place Award” in response to a Request for Proposals issued by the City of Las Vegas for the adaptive re-use of the former Nevada State Museum facility located at Lorenzi Park, Las Vegas, Nevada. (pictured below) slider-image-3