Early Childhood Center

Louise M. Beem Early Childhood Center

Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Center is to provide a high quality early childhood education and care center which benefits both the young children who are enrolled and the college students who observe and/or participate as part of their academic course work. 


The Louise M. Beem Early Childhood Center is committed to providing quality care and education for young children while working in partnership with their families. The Center is a part of the Continuing Education department at College of DuPage and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

All classes are taught by lead teachers with a minimum of a bachelor's degree and teachers with a minimum of an associate degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Care and Development. College students who are pursuing their education in the Early Childhood Education field may also participate in the classrooms. College students enrolled in education, psychology, speech language pathology or other approved classes may observe the children's program from our observation pods. 

Goals and Program Description

By planning a developmentally appropriate environment, the Early Childhood Center provides a place for children to feel significant and successful. Our program emphasizes the value of play in the development of young children. Through guided play, children learn knowledge, skills and attitudes that will support their development. The program is designed to meet and enhance the development of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and creatively. The curriculum includes music, science, art, math, literacy, cooking, large and small muscle activities, games, outdoor play and campus field trips. Children have the opportunity to make decisions and solve problems with the guidance of teachers. 

The Early Childhood Center is open to all children regardless of race, religion, disability or cultural background.


Contact Information

Early Childhood Center
(630) 942-4223

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College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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