The Learning Ladder Early Childhood Center

Preschool in Princeton, IL 61356

2121 N Euclid Ave
Princeton, IL 61356
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Learning Ladder Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing a nurturing, safe, and developmentally appropriate environment for all children. Learning Ladder is committed to enriching children’s lives socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically in an atmosphere that enhances creativity and self-confidence.

The Learning Ladder Early Childhood Center consists of a partnership between ACE Hardware Retail Support Center and Illionis Valley Community College’s Early Childhood Education Program. The initial planning of this partnership began the summer of 2000 and our doors opened in August, 2001. The Center is the first company owned on-site childcare center in Bureau County and the second for ACE Hardware Corporation.
The Center is a licensed facility located at the ACE Hardware Retail Support Center in Princeton, IL. Under the management of the Illinois Valley Community College’s Early Childhood Education Program, the Center serves as an on-site educational child care facility for ACE Team Members, community, and a lab school to IVCC Early Childhood Education students. Students will use the Center for course observations, field work, and student teaching experiences. The Center will provide a quality education setting for families and children, based on current theory regarding best educational practices for the growing and developing minds and bodies of young children.
Learning Ladder Early Childhood Center is NAEYC Accredited which is: The National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children form birth through age .
NAEYC was founded in 1926, and is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 90,000 members. It is a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

Child Ages:
6 weeks - 5 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Department of Children and Family Services - NAEYC Accredited
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 5:00am-6:00pm

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We believe that children learn through play and the active manipulation of materials in their environment. Therefore, we structure the daily routine to provide a balance of both teacher and child directed activities. All children are unique individuals, and as such will grow and learn at their own pace. We believe that positive knowledge, skills and dispositions are best learned when childeren are encouraged to learn more about topics that are of interest to them. We believe that early childhood classrooms should be sensitive to these individual differences, and provide all children with a variety of experiences.
We believe that self-esteem is a critical ingredient in the entire education process and grows naturally out of pride that comes from individual and group accomplishments. We structure our environment and program to provide children with successful accomplishments, while still being challenged.
We here at Learning Ladder thrive on creating a parent/teacher partnership. We feel that it is very important to have the partnership so that we can help the children strive and feel supportive in both home and school.


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