We are a child care center that nurtures learning. The Child Development Center is open to any child in the community from 15 months to kindergarten entry.
Located in Springfield, 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.
The goal of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program is to increase access to postsecondary education for low-income parents by providing quality, affordable and accessible child care services while they further their education. View eligibility and program requirements.
Hours and Rates
For LLCC students, child care is available at a full day rate (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) or a half day rate (7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-5:30 p.m.).
- Toddler rate (15 months to 24 months): $55 per full day or $27.50 per half day
- Two-year-old rate: $44 per full day or $22 per half day
- Three years and older: $37 per full day or $18.50 per half day
The Child Development Center offers full-time care to families within the community, including those who are not students. The center is open from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Rates for community members are:
- Toddler rate (15 months to 24 months): $275 per week
- Two-year-old rate: $230 per week
- Three years and older: $210 per week
Need help paying for child care? Contact Community Child Care Connection.
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Child Development Center Staff
- Laurie Rhodes, Director, Since 1998
- Shirley Warfield-Jones, Child Development Teacher, Since 2000
- Shannon Chizmar, Child Development Teacher, Since 2001
- Anita Glydewell, Child Development Teacher, Since 2003
- Mary Beth Ponser, Child Development Teacher, Since 2003
- Stacy Wallace, Child Development Assistant, Since 2002
- Jordan Harling, Child Development Assistant, Since 2016
- Nicole Newton, Child Development Assistant, Since 2019
- Cassandra Taylor, Child Development Assistant, Since 2020
- Afia Baig, Child Development Assistant, Since 2020