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Child Development Center

We nurture learning. Open to any child in the community 15 months to kindergarten entry.

JOIN US FOR FAMILY FUN NIGHT OPEN HOUSE MONDAY, OCT. 20, 6-7:30 P.M.! The public is invited. Children and families welcome. Children currently enrolled in the Child Development Center will be engaged in activities. View the facilities, talk to teachers and parents of enrolled children. Enjoy refreshments and a special story time!

The LLCC Child Development Center serves families with children between the ages of 15 months to kindergarten entry.  The center is DCFS licensed and has met additional standards of high quality care including accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and recognition by Illinois as a Gold Level program through ExceleRate Illinois.  The center employs a highly qualified staff and serves as a learning lab for students in the Early Childhood Education field as well as other disciplines within the college.

The Child Development Center curriculum at Lincoln Land Community College is based on developmentally appropriate practice.  This type of program is planned considering the age span of the children within the group and the needs and interests of each individual child.  Specifically, the program emphasizes the total development of the young child—socially, emotionally, physically, creatively, and cognitively—through curricular activities that emphasize hands-on learning in child-initiated, teacher—prepared learning environments.  The program stresses the importance of children learning through play, choosing activities, learning through negotiation and conflict resolution, and receiving individualized instruction.  

The program stresses the use of themes or projects that are real and relevant to children’s lives.  These themes incorporate all curricular areas—art, music, science, mathematics, social studies, nutrition, health, language, creative dramatics, and fine and gross motor development.  The program also stresses the importance of positive guidance techniques, which recognize both individual and group needs, while fostering the development of self-esteem, self-control, and self-help skills.  Multicultural and anti-bias practices are stressed in all curricular areas.

Spaces currently available!  $25.00 will hold your space!

Special rate for students when classes are in session.

We offer a half day rate (7:00 am – 12:00 pm or 12:00  pm -  5:00 pm) and full day rate (7:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Toddler rate (15 months to age 24 months) $19.55 per half day/ $39.10 per full day

Two year old rate - $18.37 per half day/ $36.73 full day

Three years and older - $13.78 per half day/ $27.55 Full day

Do you need care even when you are not in class?  The Child Development Center also offers full time or part time care to working families within the community. The center is open from 6:45 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Rates are as follows:

Toddler rate:  $50.00 per day or $201.00 per week

Two year old rate:  $47.50 per day or $192.00 per week

Three years and older:  $45.00 per day or $183.00 per week.

Email the Child Development Center or call us at 217.786.2450 for additional information or to set up a tour of our facility.

Need help paying for child care?  Contact Community Child Care Connection at

Child Development Center Staff

Laurie Rhodes, Director, Since 1998
Anna Jones, Assistant Director, Since 2004
Brenda Brown, Child Development Teacher, Since 1996
Shannon Chizmar, Child Development Teacher,  Since 2001
Anita Coufal, Child Development Teacher, Since 2003
Nyssa Crenshaw, Child Development Teacher, Since 2006
Robin Eddington, Child Development Teacher, Since 1997
Mary Beth Keska,  Child Development Teacher, Since 2003
Keri Mounce, Child Development Teacher, Since 2000
Shirley Warfield-Jones, Child Development Teacher, Since 2000
Kim Lesko, Child Development Assistant, Since 2007
Lori Rice, Child Development Assistant, Since 2004
Stacy Wallace, Child Development Assistant, Since 2002
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