The Early Childhood Center

Kids playing on playground equipmentThe Kishwaukee College Early Childhood Center provides high-quality early childhood care and education for young children and their families. The Early Childhood Center has achieved Star Level Four status in the Illinois Quality Rating System administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services. A Star Level Four rating is awarded to childcare facilities that offer a high level of quality services for children and 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.

We are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services and a member of Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C).

The ECC 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.

Who We Serve

ChildrenWe 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.

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. 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 fifteen hours of professional development each year. All Head Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and the Director are certified in CPR/AED and First Aid.

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 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
The Center is open when Kishwaukee College Classes are in session and selected additional days.


The Center provides Morning Snack, Lunch, and Afternoon Snack for children attending during these times. We participate in the U.S.D.A.’s Child Care and Adult Food Program and all foods served meet federal requirements.

Parent Communication

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

Enrollment Information

To submit an application via e-mail, please first read the Fall 2015 Enrollment Information Letter (PDF). Next, complete the online form and click submit. Please call the Center at 825-2086, ext. 2150 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. Children typically begin enrollment at the start of our Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), or Summer (May-August) semesters. Children may; however, begin enrollment at other times to meet your child care needs.


All children attending KCECC must receive a physical examination by their family physician prior to attendance. In addition, all immunizations must be up-to-date and a TB skin test, or physician waiver thereof, must be obtained.

Additional forms are provided to parents upon acceptance to the Center.

Why Choose Kishwaukee College Early Childhood Center

  • Our Teaching Team is committed to meeting the educational and child care needs of your child and family.
  • We provide a loving and nurturing environment. Relationships are important to us! 
  • Our doors are open to you!  Parents are invited to visit and participate anytime. Parents are also welcome to observe using our Observation Booth.
  • Our classrooms are well equipped, offering a variety of learning materials for your child’s enjoyment and learning.
  • Parents working at or attending Kishwaukee College enjoy the comfort and convenience in having their children nearby.
  • Children benefit from all Kishwaukee College has to offer including the opportunity to use the College’s Gym and take campus walks to the greenhouses, gardens, prairie, pond, and more.
  • We hold an Open House prior to the beginning of each semester to help new families become familiar and comfortable with our Center.
  • We weave the best of “preschool” and “childcare” together into one, educational and enjoyable early childhood setting.

Tuition information

Full Day - 5 Days

  • Five or more hours per day, 5 days per week
  • $39.00/day

Full Day - 1 to 4 Days

  • Five or more hours per day, 1-4 days per week
  • $41.00/day


  • less than five hours per day
  • $7.80/hour

$25.00 per family enrollment/reservation fee due upon acceptance.

Minimum weekly enrollment is two days per week. Minimum daily enrollment is three consecutive hours.

Discount given to families enrolling more than one child. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. Contact the Center for more information.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Kishwaukee College not to tolerate sexual harassment in any form nor to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. Inquires regarding compliance may be directed to the Director of Human Resources and Business Office at 815-825-2086.

Individuals requiring accommodations to access the Kishwaukee College Early Childhood Center should contact the Center Director at 815-825-2086, ext. 2150 (Voice) or 815-825-2457 (TTY).

Recent facilities updates

Playground equipmentRecently the Early Childhood Center has been redesigning its playground to offer children many new play opportunities. A Treehouse Climber has been built around an existing shade tree. The Tree House features a double slide, several climbing features, and an inclined ramp. The entire structure is surrounded by a border filled with wood mulch to provide safety to the climber’s users. Other new additions to the playground include a large sandbox with a magnetic wall and an assortment of outdoor musical instruments. In the coming months, the ECC will be installing a new playhouse and garden to extend children’s creative and scientific learning. The Center’s new outdoor environment nicely complements its well-equipped indoor classrooms for children between the ages of two and five.  


For more information or to receive an application for enrollment, please call:
Steve Kimmel
Phone: 815-825-2086, ext. 2150
TTY: 815-825-2457
FAX: 815-825-2742

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