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Children’s Learning Centers have openings for community members

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Aug 30, 2017

CLC's two Children’s Learning Centers, offering preschool services to community members as well as CLC students and staff, have openings on the Grayslake and Waukegan (Lakeshore) campuses.

A preschool class at the Grayslake Children's Learning CenterOperating since 1973, the Children’s Learning Centers establish a foundation for elementary school and the years beyond. They are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and have been recognized by the state of Illinois as Gold Circle of Quality centers. Unlike many other early childhood programs, CLC’s centers allow parents to choose the hours that fit their class, study or work schedules.

The center’s staff of  three full-time and four part-time teachers, including two who have taught for more than 25 years, works with other CLC departments to give children a varied, multi-sensory learning experience. “We make full use of each campus,” said Sandy Groeninger, director of the Children’s Learning Centers. “For example, at Grayslake, teachers lead the kids to tour areas including the art department, Café Willow kitchen and our nature trail. At Lakeshore Campus, we take the children to visit the Dental Hygiene Clinic. Kids love our school, and they develop a positive attitude toward learning because they have a close, working relationship with the teachers.”

Students on the Grayslake Campus also will see, when scheduled, children’s theatrical productions. The next one is CLC Theatre department’s production of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” which runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. For details, visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.

The convenience of the Children’s Learning Center on the Grayslake Campus has made a huge difference for Maria Elizarraraz, a career changer from Vernon Hills. She has brought her two sons to the center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the past three years while completing her associate degree. “My children received much individual attention, and as my oldest son begins kindergarten, I can see that he is already ahead of his peers in social skills and willingness to learn new things,” she said. 

Besides convenience, the price of the Children’s Learning Center also was appealing. “My husband and I did a lot of research, and we found that CLC is among the lowest-priced daycares in all of Lake County, and there’s no question, you’re getting the best quality care, too,” she said. “Knowing that the center could keep my kids an extra two or three hours in late afternoon, so I could go to the library and study, made my life 100 times easier. After bringing my kids home, I could then focus on my role as a wife, mom and caregiver for my own parents.”

Without CLC’s Children’s Learning Centers, Elizarraraz said she would not have been able to get an associate degree and embark on a career change from clerical work to college counselor. “I would have been stuck in a job, not progressing to a career,” said Elizarraraz, who has transferred to DePaul University, where she plans to earn a bachelor’s in sociology, a minor in psychology and a master’s in social work. “The Children’s Learning Center gives hope to people.”

For more information, contact the Children’s Learning Center at (847) 543-2053.