• We would like you to help us welcome our new director, Lauren Widmer. Lauren is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor's degree in Child Development. Lauren previously worked at ZCEC in 2012 as a school age teacher and a preschool teacher. She left ZCEC to pursue a position with Child Care Connection in Peoria IL as a Quality Specialist. She is looking forward to once again be a part of our ZCEC family. She would like to get to know all of the children and families, so feel free to stop in and say "Hello!"August 30th, 2016
  • Happy Happy Birthday to Miss Hailey...we hope you enjoy your day!!!!August 29th, 2016
  • We are currently seeking:
    Part-time Teachers, must meet DCFS qualifications. Please call 815-875-2335 or email nicolesampson@mtco.com if interested.
    August 23rd, 2016
  • We hope everyone has a great weekend!August 19th, 2016
  • It's been another great summer here at ZCEC! We are now looking forward to a GREAT school year!

    The kindergartners & their parents did "Ride the Bus" day today. They were so excited to finally be getting on the bus!! Thursday is the first official day of school for the kids (except Kindergarten) with early dismissal at 2:00 PM. Thursday is also another BIG day for the kindergartners because they finally get to meet their teacher and see their classroom. Their first official day of school is Friday!

    We wish all the children, teachers & families an amazing year!!
    August 15th, 2016
    Staring the morning on a happy note can set the tone for your youngster's entire day. Use these tips to build a back-to-school routine that makes mornings flow smoothly at home, which helps days flow smoothly at school.
    Before Bed: What could your child do before bed to make her mornings easier? She might lay out her clothes and shoes, choose an item for show and share, and decide what to eat for breakfast. Suggest that she create a poster with her to-do list. She could draw a picture of each night time task and tape the poster to her wall where she can check it before bed.
    In the morning: Encourage your youngster to do the same things in the same order so they become a calm habit. For example, she can get dressed, eat breakfast, and then brush her teeth. Have her make up a fun song to sing as a reminder. "First I need to put on my clothes, my clothes, my clothes, my colthes, and then it's time for breakfast!"
    After School: Together, go through our child's backpack. Let her show you her papers and tell you about her day. Read notes and sign field trip permission slips. Then, help her pack items needed for the next day(papers, extra items, homework). Your youngster will love catching up with you, and you'll both get a jump on tomorrow. :)
    July 21st, 2016
  • School Age children will not return back from their trip today till 4/4:30. If you have any questions, please call the center. Thank you!July 6th, 2016
  • The National Association For The Education Of Young Children (NAEYC)Teamwork makes the dream work! On April 13, NAEYC’s #woyc16 continues with Work Together Wednesday...April 13th, 2016

Welcome to Zearing Child Enrichment Center!

On behalf of Zearing Child Enrichment Center Inc. (ZCEC) Board of Director's, Administrative Team and staff we appreciate your interest in our quality childcare programs, and services.

ZCEC has provided high quality educational childcare services to area families for over 35 years. We are a service-oriented not-for-profit agency that offers developmentally appropriate programs for children age's six-weeks through twelve years.

The programs we provide enhance the physical, social-emotional, communication/language, and cognitive development of children while contributing to the economic vitality of our community.

Our teaching staff aligns the daily age-appropriate curriculum with the Illinois Early Learning Standards set by the Illinois State Board of Education: Division of Early Childhood Education.

We look forward in hearing from you and invite you to visit our center at your earliest convenience.


Lauren Widmer
 Center Director

Zearing Child Enrichment Center,Inc
Providing Excellence in Educational Child Care Services Since 1974!