Zearing Child Enrichment Center

Center in Princeton, IL 61356

633 Masonic Dr
Princeton, IL 61356
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ZCEC has provided high quality educational childcare services to area families for over 35 years. We are a service-oriented not-for-profit agency that offers developmentally appropriate programs for children age’s six-weeks through twelve years.

The programs we provide enhance the physical, social-emotional, communication/language, and cognitive development of children while contributing to the economic vitality of our community.

Our teaching staff aligns the daily age-appropriate curriculum with the Illinois Early Learning Standards set by the Illinois State Board of Education: Division of Early Childhood Education.

The Zearing After School Program (ZAP) and the school age Summer Sun Fun Club program’s offers a variety of daily activities including: arts & crafts, cooking, team sports, 4-H projects and fair entry opportunities, field trips, tutoring, and time to hang out with friends!

Child Ages:
6 weeks - 12 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Department of Children and Family Services - NAEYC Accredited
Children per Teacher:
Infant: 4/1, Toddler: 5/1, Pre k: -/-, Afterschool: -/-
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 06:00 - 18:00

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We believe that children develop to their fullest potential when they are loved, secure and happy with themselves. Our staff provides warm, nurturing interaction with children to enhance in each child a positive self-esteem.

We believe in providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses the process of learning to enhance successful experiences for each individual child. Learning centers are designed to allow children to explore, experience and succeed.

We believe that children learn best in an environment abounding in opportunities and stimulating materials to explore, encouraged by gentle, patient and reassuring adults. Healthy and safe environment…

We believe that children learn by progressing from the familiar to explore new areas and new roles. The staff will provide various opportunities to stimulate each child’s natural curiosity.

We believe children learn best when they realize that limits are set to protect them. The staff uses positive age-appropriate discipline techniques that enhance a child’s sense of self-worth and responsibility.

We believe parents and teachers form an important partnership … a partnership for the benefit of the child. Our doors are open to parents at all times and encourage daily communication between parents and staff.

We believe strength of our program is the dedication and commitment of our staff. Professional development of staff is a required component within the program through staff training, college courses, on-site resources and sharing of ideas.


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