LLCC approved as an entitled institution for Gateways to Opportunity Credentials

LLCC has been approved as an entitled institution through 2023 for the Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credential – Levels 2, 3 and 4; Infant Toddler Credential – Levels 2, 3 and 4; and Illinois Director Credential – Level 1. As an entitled institution, students at LLCC have the opportunity to qualify for state recognized credentials as they take courses or complete a degree through LLCC Early Childhood Education.

LLCC is among a select group of institutions in Illinois to be entitled for the Gateways to Opportunity Credentials. All Gateways to Opportunity Credentials have competencies that reflect multiple professional standards, including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.

Child Development Center achieves new, five-year term of accreditation

The LLCC Child Development Center has achieved a new, five-year term of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation, which is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country. The NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs commends LLCC’s center for its commitment to continuous quality improvement. Congratulations to the LLCC Child Development Center staff and Director Laurie Rhodes!

Governor and First Lady visit LLCC Child Development Center

Mrs RaunerTrustee groupGovernor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner (top photo) visited the LLCC Child Development Center yesterday for a tour led by Center director Laurie Rhodes. Mrs. Rauner is executive director of Ounce of Prevention Fund and a longtime advocate for early childhood education and child development. The Rauners praised the Center, which is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and recognized as a Gold Level Program through ExeleRate Illinois, and posed with Laurie, the LLCC Board of Trustees and President after speaking to the media. L-R: Kent Gray, Jeff Fulgenzi, Wayne Rosenthal, Jerry Wesley, Craig Findley, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Dr. Diana Rauner, Laurie Rhodes, Dr. Charlotte Warren, Brandon Lewis, Dennis Shackelford.

Child Development Center Family Fun Night Open House Thursday

Do you or does someone you know need excellent child care? Come to the LLCC Child Development Center’s Family Fun Night Open House this Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Parents, children and families are welcome to view the facilities and children’s activities, talk to teachers and parents of enrolled children, and enjoy refreshments and a story time.

The LLCC Child Development Center, which was honored with the ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality Award last year, is open to any child in the community, from 15 months to kindergarten entry. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and adheres to learning curriculum through play. Tuition assistance is available to those who qualify.

For more information or to schedule an individual visit, call 786.2450 or visit

Retirement Celebration for Brenda Brown

balloon_retirementBrenda Brown, Teacher – Child Development Center, is retiring after 20 years in the classroom. Please join us in celebrating with her today, June 26 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Child Development Center. As a retirement send off, we are asking that you bring a roll of tape!! (Anyone who has ever had a child in Brenda’s classroom will understand this!!)

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Volunteers for April 8 Read-A -Thon

The Child Development Center will be holding a Read-A-Thon on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  We are looking for volunteers to read to small groups of children throughout the hour.  All you need to provide is a lap, children will provide you with a book to read!  Please dress comfortably as you will be sitting on the floor!!!  This event is being planned as part of our annual “Week of the Young Child” celebration.

Call me at 786-2450 or email me at  if you would be interested in volunteering on this day.

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