Children's Learning Center is unique because the purpose of the program as stated in its bylaws is to serve primarily children from low-income families. Currently, about 70% of enrolled children are eligible to receive financial assistance for child care costs. We are licensed by DCFS to serve children ages six weeks to twelve years. Programming, staff ratios, and activities are tailored to each age group, as well as each individual child. Children's Learning Center is a NAC* accredited early childhood program. CLC is also recognized for achieving the Gold Circle of Quality by ExceleRate Illinois. CLC provides high quality, comprehensive early education and child care in a safe and nurturing environment for DeKalb area families. Experienced staff provide age-appropriate curriculum through play-based learning while promoting the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of every child. CLC is a not-for-profit child care center providing educational programs for children six weeks to twelve years of age. CLC welcomes children of all economic levels without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, or disability. The CLC Board of Directors is comprised of parents/guardians and interested community persons. The Board determines CLC policies. Board meetings are open, and all interested persons are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually held at 905 S. Fourth Street on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 P.M. *The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC) is a national accreditation program that was developed for early care and educational programs to promote professionalism and quality in child care.

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CLC provides high quality, comprehensive early education and child care in a safe and nurturing environment for DeKalb area families. Experienced staff provide age-appropriate curriculum through play-based learning while promoting the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of every child.

CLC is a not-for-profit child care center providing educational programs for children six weeks to twelve years of age. CLC welcomes children of all economic levels, sex, race, religion, national origin, and disability.

CLC is a member of Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) and is a Kishwaukee United Way member agency. All CLC programs are licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Locations:

 

Main Center  

905 S. Fourth St.

DeKalb, IL 60115

 

Littlejohn

1221 School St.

DeKalb, IL 60115

School-Age Care Available

Before and After-school care at Main Center and Littlejohn

Children’s Learning Center serves Brooks, Cortland, Founders, Jefferson, Lincoln, Malta, and Tyler Schools before school at the Main Center and Littlejohn. After school is at the Main Center serving Cortland and Founders Schools and at Littlejohn serving Brooks, Jefferson and Littlejohn schools.

CURRICULUM

Language and Literacy

 

WE PLAN ACTIVITIES FOR LITERACY DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING READING STORIES TO CHILDREN EVERY DAY, ENCOURAGING CHILDREN’S INTEREST IN LETTERS AND WORDS, AND WRITING DOWN CHILDREN’S STORIES OR EXPERIENCES AND READING THEM BACK. WE PROVIDE VARIED APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT WITH MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN TO SYMBOLIZE AND ORGANIZE NEW EXPERIENCES.

Fine Arts and Social-Emotional Development

 

WE FOSTER CREATIVITY AND SELF-EXPRESSION THROUGH ART, MUSIC, AND DRAMATIC PLAY. WE HELP CHILDREN LEARN TO GET ALONG IN A GROUP BY MODELING WAYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEERS AND EXPRESS FEELINGS APPROPRIATELY.

Math and Science

 

WE ENCOURAGE CURIOSITY AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROBLEM SOLVING SUCH AS MATCHING OBJECTS, PUZZLES, LEGOS, AND PEGBOARDS PATTERNS.

Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills

 

WE PLAN ACTIVITIES TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP BODY AWARENESS, COORDINATION AND FITNESS, AND LARGE AND SMALL MOTOR SKILLS.