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Lakeshore childcare center re-earns distinctive NAEYC accreditation

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 11, 2021

The Children’s Learning Center at College of Lake County (CLC)’s Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan has re-earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children.

Less than 10 percent of all national child care centers, preschools and kindergartens achieve this recognition.

Photo of a class in the Lakeshore Children's Learning CenterNAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that collaborates with early education programs to recognize and drive quality-improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

“The Children’s Learning Center Program administration and teachers are committed to upholding the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC Accreditation system,” said Carlotta Conley, director of CLC’s Children’s Learning Center.

For CLC, earning the accreditation helps prove to students and the public that their children are getting the best care possible.

“The administration and teaching staff are proud and honored to demonstrate our commitment to providing quality care and education to the families of CLC and the surrounding community by achieving this accreditation,” Conley said.

To earn accreditation, CLC went through an extensive self-study and quality improvement process, as well as an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure the program met the correct standards.

The Grayslake Campus Children’s Learning Center is also accredited by the NAEYC. The accreditation term lasts for five years.

Thanks to the U.S. Department of Education’s Childcare Access Mean Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant, CLC can continue to provide a subsidy for the cost of childcare for 50 low-income student-parents a year at the Grayslake and Lakeshore Campuses over four years.

The children’s learning centers offer affordable year-round care for children ages 2-5, and for school-age children up to age 12 during the summer. Children are enrolled to accommodate their parents’ class, study and work schedules. For more information, contact the Children’s Learning Center at (847) 543-2053.

About College of Lake County

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. 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.