Early Childhood Lab School

Toddler being read to by ECC staff.

Safe and dependable childcare.

The ECC Early Childhood Lab School offers flexible, campus-based child care for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Financial aid and state subsidies are accepted, and additional child care assistance is available to PELL eligible students through CCAMPIS Grant funding. Limited space is available each semester. Please call for more information, 847-214-7376.

  • Full- and part-time care.
  • Goal-oriented learning programs tailored to each age group.
  • Highly trained, attentive, and enthusiastic professional staff.
  • Indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Instruction in art, music, dance, large and small motor development, language, science, and math.
  • Suitable accommodations for children to nap.


Learning programs are tailored to each age group.

Early childhood lab school age-appropriate programs.
ProgramAge GroupProgram Info
Infant & Toddler Care 6 weeks to 2-year-olds Program Details
Programs for Preschoolers 2 to 5-year-olds Program Details
*The Early Childhood Lab School will not be offering School Age Programming this Summer.


Children of current ECC students and employees are welcome at the ECC Early Childhood Lab School. Parents with children currently enrolled at the lab school may register early for one week, beginning the first week of class registration. Beginning the second and subsequent weeks of class registration, open enrollments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Full-time enrollments are preferred. Children must be registered for a minimum of one, three-hour time block at least two days per week in any combination of the following:

  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on Fridays) 

The following is required before the first day of attendance:

  • Birth certificates
  • Medical records
  • Emergency information
  • Emergency releases

Registration must be made in person by visiting Building M, Room M137.

Operating Schedule

Open all year when classes are in session. Students with classes starting before 8 a.m. will be accommodated when possible. View the academic calendar for specific closures.

Fall & Spring Semester*

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays
  • 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. available by request

Summer Semester*

Hours are based on enrollment needs and an hourly basis.

  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday
  • Closed Fridays

* Any hour subject to cancellation if minimum enrollments are not met.