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LLCC Child Development Center earns national accreditation

Program recognized among the top in the nation

Press contact: Lynn Whalen

SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College’s Child Development Center has earned continuing accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments. Less than 10% of all childcare centers, preschools and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.  

“We’re proud to have again earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and are committed to serve as a model of best practice in the field of early childhood education for children, families and the community,” said Laurie Rhodes, director of the LLCC Child Development Center.

The center, which has been accredited through NAEYC since 1995, serves children ages 15 months until entry to kindergarten, offering childcare to LLCC students and community members while serving as a model teaching lab for students. More information is available at or by calling 217-786-2450