Waukegan Early Learning Center

WAUKEGAN EARLY LEARNING CENTER

“You guys are doing a great job. My daughter likes coming here. Her teachers have taught her a lot of new things. Thank you, greatly appreciated.” – Parent

The Waukegan Early Learning Center located in the Waukegan Baptist Bible Church, was acquired from the YMCA in 2013 and has been serving families in Waukegan Township with the highest quality Early Head Start education and care since 2002.

The center partners with the Ounce of Prevention Fund to provide Early Head Start services, both center based and home based, for children 6 weeks to 3 years. The Early Head Start model provides a nurturing environment that supports the healthy growth and development of each child in the context of the child’s family, culture and community. Children with special needs are welcome!

In the center based program, teachers utilize the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos which provides a unique “learn by doing” approach that allows children to explore and understand the world around them. The home based program includes a weekly 90 minute home visit as well as socialization activities that provide opportunities for children and parents to meet and engage in a variety of learning experiences. Parent Educators utilize the Parents as Teachers Curriculum to partner with parents in helping their children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Families are a vital part the program at Waukegan Early Learning Center and we encourage parent involvement in the classroom, during home visits and during center activities. Our open-door policy welcomes parents to share their time and talents with us. Home visits and parent-teacher conferences provide opportunities for families to discuss their child’s individual needs and to help set goals for their child. Monthly parent meetings and workshops on topics such as managing stress, positive guidance or picky eaters and family-friendly parent-child activities are a regular part of our program.

We accept child care subsidies!
Through the CCAP program, we work with families to provide premier child care services at a reduced rate depending on income and additional criteria. For additional information visit our page on the Child Care Assistance Program. To find out if your family meets the criteria for a child care subsidy, contact our center director.

What The Parents Are Saying

“Personally, I like this daycare very much and I hope that you will continue to help with new parents and children in the future. Thank you!”

“I am very satisfied with the education my daughter has received through this program. She has been attending since she was 1.5 years and she is now 4 years old.”

“You guys are doing a great job. My daughter likes coming here. Her teachers have taught her a lot of new things. Thank you, greatly appreciated.”

“The center does a great job with the children. My child has been here less than one year and I am amazed at the amount of things he has learned. Thank you for your work!!”

“In my view you have a good system of education and care. I could not ask for more, many thanks!
“The program seems very good to me and is always trying to help me with my children. Thank you for your help!”

“I like this program and would recommend it to anyone.”

Meet Our Director

Waukegan Early Learning Center Director

Director, Tracy Ames

Email Me @ tames@onehopeunited.org

CONTACT

847-388-0247

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LOCATION

1500 Sunset Ave
Waukegan, IL 60087

HOURS

6:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

ACCREDITATIONS / LICENSES

Council on Accreditation
DCFS

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Infant
Toddler/Twos

TEACHER-TO-CHILD RATIOS

1:4 Infant
1:4 Toddler
1:4 Twos

HEAD START PROGRAM

Early Head Start Annual Report 2015
Early Head Start Annual Report 2014

What’s Going On At Waukegan?

January

Milestones & Development
Staying Healthy This Winter

February

Dental Health

March

Home Visits
Donuts With Dad

April

Week Of The Young Child

May

Health Workshop
Nutrition-Picky Eaters

June

Safety
Parent Teacher Conferences

July

End of Year Celebration

August

Home Visits

September

Parent Café

October

Children’s Portraits
Curriculum Night
Infant Parent-Teacher Conference Week
Fall Festival

November

Family Literacy Night
Nutrition-Quick & Easy Recipes

December

Parent Teacher Conferences

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