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.
A Child's Place Early Learning Center was founded in March of 2003 by the Maze family as an in-home daycare center located in Gurnee, IL. In 2005 their first center as opened in McHenry, IL and was quickly serving over one-hundred families in the McHenry community. With the great success of the McHenry center, the Maze family decided to open 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 McHenry center 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. 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.
We are very excited about the current status and future of A Child's Place Early Learning Center, and we want each and every family to know that caring for your child is an honor and a blessing, a responsibility not taken lightly. we promise to provide quality care for your child in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. We build our centers based on this principle and will continue to work hard so your child may have the best learning experience possible. A Child's Place Early Center is truly a place, "where the love of learning begins."
By 2015 they opened not only a brand new facility in Volo, but also a new business venture with the opening of the Volo Sportsplex, located right beside the new free-standing childcare center. The Sportsplex is a sports, event and activity center which serves not only A Child's Place Early Learning Center families, but also the families in our nearby communities.
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.
Please share your family with us so that we can include, validate, and celebrate each child's family relationships as part of our ongoing interactions with your child and all of our children. We welcome you all and look forward to developing rich and supportive relationships with you and your child as we learn from each other throughout the year.