School History

  • 1957- The current Palmer Center building was constructed using funds provided through a special community fundraising effort conducted by the Community Chest and Easter Seals.
  • 1965- Kingsport City Schools and others formally contracted with the Palmer Center to educate children with disabilities.
  • 1975- The United States Congress passed public law 94-142 which made the separate education of children with disabilities illegal. The contract between the Palmer Center and the city school system ended.
  • 1976- The Palmer Center became a part of Kingsport City Schools. Students with disabilities were integrated into the city’s schools. The Palmer Center building began to be used for a number of purposes. The Palmer Center Advisory Board, Unincorporated, was formed. The original members were Fred Kays, J. D. Wininger, Hope Burton, Jerry Dahill, Ross Kingdon, Holiday Smith.
  • 2018-  The Palmer Early Learning Center provides early childhood learning experiences for students ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.  We offer a paid childcare program (ECLC) with an infant class, toddler class and Pre-K class.  Additionally, we offer early intervention special education classes for students identified with special needs beginning at age 3.  Lastly, we offer Voluntary Pre-K classes.  Our staff is comprised of certified teachers, teaching assistants, speech therapist, occupational therapists, physical therapists, health assistants and school nutrition personnel. Our collective mission is to develop a successful future and strong foundation for all of our students.  Through a safe, positive learning environment, every child will be provided care, guidance, and support to become successful and productive students.