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About Zearing Child Enrichment Center

Programs

Purpose

The purpose of the center program is to provide a protective, nurturing and educational environment for children ages six weeks - twelve years of age.

Program

The center is open Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. At enrollment a child's attendance hours and contracted days are established.

Licensing

The center is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and meets or exceeds all standards set for childcare centers. A licensing representative visits the center to ensure compliance with all regulations four times annually. Every two years, the center submits to re-licensing procedures.

Staff

Staff members are hired after interviews, reference checks, background checks, education and health verification. All credentials must comply with the State of Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers set forth by the Department of Children and Family Services. Staff members must complete 15 hours of in-service/workshop training annually. Staff meetings are held monthly to discuss program, scheduling, enrollment, and special events. Please vist our Staff Page for more information regarding our Board, Administration, Teaching and Support staff.

Our Comprehensive Programs

Infants (6 weeks to 15 months)

Infants are very special people. Our trained teaching and assisting staff provides daily opportunities for optimum growth and development. Staff-child ratio is 1:4. A home like atmosphere is our model. Activities to develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive potential are planned. Teachers and parents work together to provide a high level of care. An OB nurse will make monthly visits to the infant room to update, educate infant staff on infant care and wellness; as well as to do an overall environment check. Specific health policies and procedures have been established and copies are discussed with parent(s) at the enrollment interview.

Toddlers (15 months to 24 months):

Toddlers are very interested in the world around them. As their physical capability increases, they begin to explore their world. Staff-child ratio is 1:5. Teachers arrange the classroom environment into "interest" areas so that children can experience art, housekeeping, block play, books, music, large muscle play and small muscle activities. Specific health policies and procedures are discussed with parent(s) at the enrollment interview.

Two's (24 months to 36 months):

Two-year-olds thrive in a space that provides variety, age-appropriate toys, freedom to move around and opportunities to learn through doing. Staff-child ratio is 1:8. Teachers arrange the classroom environment to allow for opportunities for positive, developmentally age-appropriate experiences to help the child grow. These experiences are provided to meet your child's needs and to stimulate their learning in all developmental areas, including: physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.

Pre-School Children (ages 3-5 not in kindergarten)

The center is noted for its developmentally appropriate preschool program for children who are 3, 4, and 5 years old. Teachers plan weekly theme units with activities that stimulate a young child's growth physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Classroom curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Standards set by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Pre-kindergarten Division. We try to incorporate activities for each program component: language, math/science, art, dramatic play, fine motor, and gross motor. Classrooms are arranged into interest areas that encourage active "hands on" learning experiences.

PRE KINDERGARTEN Bright Beginnings (3 years (after September 1st) to 5 years)

In collaboration with the Princeton Elementary School District No. 115

The Illinois State Board of Education is committed to supporting early childhood education to ensure that all Illinois children develop a strong foundation for learning. The Preschool for All program emphasizes the relationship among early childhood education, parenting education and involvement, and future success in school. The goal of the Preschool for All program is to provide educational services to all 3-to 5-year-old children. All initiative focuses on providing high-quality educational programs for children who are determined to be at risk of academic failure. It also will provide funding for programs serving families of low to moderate income whose children are not considered to be at risk academically and other families that choose to participate.

School-Age (6 years to 12 years)

The program for kindergarten and school-age children includes before and after school care as well as full-time care during the summer months and on holidays from school. Activities for these older children provide support for their cognitive development outside the formal school setting. Children are encouraged to participate physically in group games and outdoor sports, to develop creative potential through arts and crafts activities, and to grow socially and emotionally by forming relationships with other children.