Almost 5 decades ago, a mission of the First Presbyterian Church began with one staff member and two children in need of quality daycare. Today the Presbyterian Church Day Care Center has a license capacity for 110 children cared for by 22 staff members. Our program serves children aged 6 weeks through early elementary.
Our purpose and mission is to provide a loving accepting and safe environment for children of working parents while providing educational opportunities for children to grow individually at their own pace and eventually become productive citizens in society.
We strive to provide the children with love, attention and educational opportunities during the portion of the day the children must be separated from their parents. Our focus is to provide the love of home in a group setting. We serve the community on a year-round basis, providing child care while parents are at work, school or incapacitated.
Through the Creative Curriculum we are able to teach children in a unique, fun, interest-based manner, focusing on social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills. We provide opportunities for children to engage in a balance of active and quiet play, to learn to share and cooperate with others while being guided in many educational activities including art, music, literature, language, creative movement, crafts and fine and gross motor skills. Children may choose to play alone or with others. While activities are educationally based, the purpose is to help them enjoy the day in a loving, play environment. Teachers monitor each child’s development and needs in order to help each child develop maturity towards independence and fulfillment of his or her potential.
Our daycare program is designed to meet the various need of the individual child. Children move through our departments at their own pace, and are provided with experiences that give a feeling of success, confidence and a sense of self-worth.
The Presbyterian Day Care Center has been awarded and maintains the highest standard, the Gold Circle of Excellence, from ExceleRate Illinois. The Center has been a United Way Agency since its beginning.
The day care is open Monday-Friday, 6:30 am-5:30pm. We are located inside the Presbyterian Church at 870 West College, Jacksonville. We close only for major holidays. Currently we have openings for children aged 2-1st grade. We also maintain a waiting list for parents planning ahead. Please contact us for more information and space availability at 217-243-3558.