A history time-line of the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center

1962 – The Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten began in Hobe Sound as the forerunner of the Hobe Sound Child Care Center with  Gertrude Pettway as the Center’s first director

1964 –  The Hobe Sound Company donated land across from the Elementary School to the Hobe Sound Community Chest to be used for a non-profit child care center

1965 – The Hobe Sound Child Care Center was incorporated

1969 – New facility was erected on the donated land and funded by the  Hobe Sound Community Chest

1984  The Hobe Sound Child Care Center building was completely destroyed by fire in June

1985 – A new up-to-date facility was built.  Funds came mainly from an insurance settlement to the Community Chest and a fund-raising event underwritten by twelve Jupiter Island residents.  There were also gifts from the Vestry of Christ Memorial Church and the Jupiter Island Residents Association

1988 – About 40 Island residents created an endowment for the Center.  The income, along with help from the Hobe Sound Community Chest, enables the Board to keep tuition relatively low and to grant scholarships to needy families

1991 – An addition was put on the building to expand its capacity

1992 – In January the new wing  – dedicated to Edwin T. Etherington – was opened to meet the community’s growing needs

1992 – A butterfly garden was dedicated to Mrs Joseph Reed for her many years of support

1992 – Also in this year, First Lady Barbara Bush visited the Center and read to the children

1995 – An oak tree was planted in memory of the children who died in the Oklahoma City bombing

1997 – Vans were purchased for transporting the children to field trips

1997 – Four new oak trees, a gift from The Jupiter Island Garden Club, were planted on the property

1998 – Newly installed hurricane shutters make the Center more secure

1999 – Hobe Sound Child Care Center receives national Accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

2004 – The playground was renovated with Mrs. John Jansing spearheading the project

2005 – The VPK program was started

2006 – A new bus was purchased with a generous gift from the residents of Lobllolly

2008 – Hobe Sound Child Care Center receives APPLE Accreditation

2010 – The first annual 5K Stampede was inaugurated

2010 – The Center installed a state of the art security system with generous support from the community

2011 – The playground was resurfaced thanks to a gift from the residents of Lobllolly

2011 – The Puddle Duck program for one-year-olds was initiated

2012 – The Center celebrated its 50 year anniversary and launched the new name change to better reflect the Center’s programs.  We are now the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center

2012 – Our first Alumni celebration was held in March and a party was held in their honor with prizes, refreshments,  a scavenger hunt and entertainment



Hobe Sound Early Learning Center

11580 SE Gomez Avenue
Hobe Sound, Florida 33455

Voice: 772-546-5462
Fax: 772-546-5480
State License #C19MA0016