Garfield Early Childhood Center houses the early childhood special education programs and the ELF (Early Learning for Four year olds) programs. It was created as a part of the same long range facilites plan that gave us the new high school and Horace Good Middle School.

The history of the school itself is perhaps the most interesting of all the schools in the district in that it has burned down twice.

It was originally Northside School, built in the 1880s. Little of note besides normal education happened there until 1900, when it burned down and was rebuilt. Again it was a fairly typcial school for the next 75 years until it was burned down and rebuilt a second time.

The center is named for James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. Garfield is remembered for proposing a universal education system funded from the federal level. This is, of course, exactly what we have today.