Who We Are

A Child's Place Early Learning Center specializes in offering the finest early childhood education and care for your family's needs. We offer part-time, full-time, before and after school-age programs, and summer camp programs. Your family can have peace of mind knowing that your child is in a safe, loving and family-oriented environment. We also feel it is important for young children to continually develop their social, cognitive, and motor skills. That is why our talented staff and teacher incorporate educational studies into their lesson plans that will enhance your child's development. Our philosophy is simple: preparing a place "where the love of learning begins." We take our role seriously and are committed to this goal. We believe that the successful of children have in their future lies in the positive and enriching experiences they have at a very early age.


*State of Illinois Excelerate Rated

* DCFS Licensed Facilities 

* CCAP (Food) Program

* DHS Subsidy Accepted

* Creative Curriculum Educational Programming

* Pre-School Program and Graduation 

* Parent/ Teacher Conferences 

* Online Billing

*Planned Center Events for Parents

* High Quality, Safe, & Nurturing Environment

* Full-Time, Part-Time Openings Available

* Nutritious Meals  & Snacks

* Educated, Caring, Loving Teachers & Staff

* Bus Transportation to local school districts

* Referrals Welcome

Our History

A Child's Place Early Learning Center was founded in March of 2003 by Francine Zodda as an in-home daycare center located in her family home in Gurnee, IL. In 2005 the first center opened in McHenry, IL in a 5,600 sq. ft retail location which quickly grew serving over one-hundred families in the McHenry community area. With the great success of the McHenry center, the business operations expanded to a second location in Volo, to serve families in the surrounding Lake County communities. By 2009 the McHenry facility was ready to expand to a new building development and with the help of many resources, they opened what is now currently A Child's Place of McHenry, described as a free-standing, self-designed, self-owned, state-of-the-art facility. In 2011, A Child's Place early Learning Center partnered with the Big Hollow School District in Ingleside, IL to create a program exclusively for school-aged children before and after school, inside the school itself. This program is known as A Child's Place of Big Hollow. In 2012, a third child care center was opened in Antioch to better serve families in that area, as well as the surrounding Lake County and Wisconsin communities.  This location is known as A Child's Place of Antioch.  Finally, in 2017, A Childs Place of Volo built its very own rendition of a free-standing, state of the art childcare facility.  A Child's Place Early Learning Centers love, teach, and care for over 450 families and employ over 60 employees.

Our Families


A Child's Place Early Learning Center adheres to the following definition of family:


"We may be related by birth, or adoption, or invitation. We may be belong to the same race, or we may be of different races. We may look like each other or different from each other. The important thing is we belong to each other. We care for each other. We agree, disagree, love, fight, and work together. We belong to each other."

- Boston Children's Museum Exhibit on Family Diversity

All families are welcome and celebrated in our program. We define family as those who are committed to each other over the lifetime of a child. Some families are made up of two moms, two dads, one mom, one dad, mom and dad, siblings, cousins, grandparents, foster parents, aunts, uncles, significant partners etc. We make no assumptions about with whom a child lives, who they love, or who loves them. Within the classrooms, teachers will discuss all types of family units, not just the traditional mom-dad-child structure. For special event at our center, we extend invitations to all who would like to attend.