Prospective Families

A place where learning & fun go hand-in-hand

Prospective Families

The Kishwaukee College Early Learning Center (ELC) provides high-quality early childhood care and education for two through five-year-old children and their families. We believe that young children grow, learn, and develop in an environment where they feel safe, secure, and loved. We believe that a child’s first school experience sets the stage for all later learning; therefore we strive to make your child’s experience with our school a positive one.

The ELC has achieved Gold Circle of Quality rating in the ExceleRate Illinois Quality Rating and Improvement System administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and staff training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement.

Who We Serve

We provide care for children between the ages of two and five. Students attending our program are children of Kishwaukee College students & staff as well as community residents. Families DO NOT have to be affiliated with Kishwaukee College to use our program. (More than one-half of our families are “community” families.) Part-time and full-time enrollment is offered to meet your family’s needs.

Learning Experiences

Our daily schedule consists of: Child Choice Time at Interest Centers, Activity Times, Meal Times, Bathroom Breaks, Afternoon Rest Time, Group Times, and Outdoor Play. We provide both spontaneous and planned learning experiences that focus on the total development of each child—helping children to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


Monday-Friday: 7:15 am - 5:15 pm (Fall and Spring Semesters)
Monday-Thursday: 7:15 am - 5:15 pm (Summer Term)

Parent Communication

In addition to daily conversations, we publish monthly “Kish Notes” newsletters to keep parents informed with ELC and classroom happenings. We also offer Parent-Teacher Conferences each semester.

Current Fee Schedule
Tuition Type Description  
Five Days
Your child is enrolled for full-days (5 or more hours per day), Monday through Friday
$45.68 per day
Two–Four Days
Your child is enrolled for full-days (5 or more hours per day) for two to four days each week
$47.75 per day
Your child is enrolled for consecutive hourly blocks (fewer than five hours per day) for two to five days per week
$9.00 per hour

Enrollment Fee

The enrollment fee is due to the Center after you receive notice that your child has been admitted to the Center. This is a one-time fee paid to the Center only upon initial enrollment.


Enrollment Information

We are currently enrolling for the Fall Semester.  To submit an application, please first read the Fall 2020 Information Letter (PDF). Next, complete the Early Learning Center Application and click submit. Please call the Center at 815-825-9781 to confirm that your application has been received. Once your application has been received, you will receive an e-mail from the Center's director to discuss the next steps in the enrollment process. We recommend that you submit an Application at least 1 month prior to your desired start date. The Center offers continuous enrollment.  While children typically begin enrollment at the start of our Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), or Summer (May-August) semesters; children may begin enrollment at other times as well to meet your child care needs.

Meet our Staff

Our Teaching Team includes dedicated, professionally trained and experienced teachers who use their talents to provide interesting learning experiences in our classrooms and on our playground. Our Lead Staff members each hold an Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. With a low child to adult ratio, we are able to provide individualized care and education for the children attending our school. To remain knowledgeable of current approaches in early childhood education, our staff members participate in a minimum of twenty hours of professional development each year. All Lead Teachers and the Director are certified in Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid.

Maria Lombardo
Sandy Gould Lead Teacher
Solveig Hopkins
Lead Teacher
Shayla Koehler Lead Teacher
Charlotte Brown Assistant Teacher

The ELC is also nationally accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. Accredited programs exemplify excellence in the care and education of young children.

The ELC is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, a participant in the USDA’s Child Care Food Program, and a member of Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C).