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Free Preschool For All program available at Lakeshore Campus

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 29, 2020

Teacher at CLC's Children's Learning Center during classThe Children’s Learning Center at College of Lake County’s Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan offers free childcare starting Aug. 31 through the Preschool for All program for Lake County families who qualify. Students ages three through five engage with nine months of learning to prepare them for kindergarten.

“The Children's Learning Center Program offers high quality programming that include fun tasks, and interactive learning activities that are essential to their intellectual growth and development,” said program director Carlotta Conley. “Families can be assured that their children spend their day in a safe, structured, and supervised environment where they learn how to problem-solve, share, play, and learn together. Our program helps your child adjust to formal schooling and help develop the skills they need to succeed later in life.”

Funded by a federal grant, the Preschool for All program offers a full academic school day focused on developing a child’s social and emotional skills, self-regulation skills, physical development and the cognitive skills needed for kindergarten. Qualifying parents or guardians bring their children to the Lakeshore Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Student at the Learning Center doing a painting activityThis program is led by certified teachers in a classroom dedicated solely to these students. Applicants must reside in Lake County, but do not have to be CLC students.

To attend an information session, call the Children’s Learning Center at (847) 543-2190 to schedule an appointment. Spots are filled as first come, first served for those who meet criteria. For more details on the program, please contact Marie Schreiber at or (847) 543-2150.

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.