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Early Childhood Laboratory School
Bldg M, Room M137, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7376
Fax: 847-622-3054
Hours: M-Th 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
F 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Fridays June - Aug.


Programs for Preschoolers

The highly trained and professional staff of the ECC Early Childhood Lab School, many of whom have advanced degrees in child development and related fields, are committed to the philosophy that children are individuals, each with a unique style and rate of learning. The full range of learning and developmental activities at the lab school helps children reach their individual potential.

Full & Part-Time Care

This program for children ages 2 to 5 years focuses on large and small motor development, pre-reading and pre-writing skills, visual and auditory discrimination, letter and number recognition and a variety of social experiences.  This program is available year round when the college is open and by appointment when the college is open but classes do not meet.

Open to: ECC students, ECC employees
Dates & time: Year round, Monday – Friday

Cost & Schedule

Security deposit payable each semester plus per child, per time block costs.

Full-Time (Monday - Thurs: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

  • 2-year-olds per week: $198 per child (includes lunch).
  • 3, 4, & 5-year-olds per week: $198 per child (does not include lunch).

Part-Time (Per time block: $14.25 per child). Children must be registered for a minimum of one block, twice weekly.

Time Blocks

  • Monday - Friday: 8 - 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or  2 - 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on Friday)

Note: There is no drop-off time at noon.

Summer registrations are on an hourly basis.

Summer Care for School-Age Children

The ECC Early Childhood Lab School offers care for elementary-age school children each summer, depending on space availability. Please contact the director for more information.

Open to: community members, students, ECC employees.

Health & Nutrition

  • Well-balanced and nutritious snacks served morning and afternoon
  • Two-year-olds served a hot lunch every day
  • Three, 4 and 5-year-olds must bring a sack lunch
  • Snacks, juice or milk are provided
  • Medical record, emergency information, birth certificates and emergency releases required prior to the first day of attendance.