Charleston Community Early Learning Center

Charleston Community Early Learning Center has been serving the community children since 1968. We are a not-for-profit learning center dedicated to quality childcare and development – admitting children regardless of race, color, sex, nationality, or religious background.

It is the mission of the Charleston Community Early Learning Center to serve Charleston and the surrounding communities by providing a developmentally appropriate early-childhood setting for children ages six-weeks through 10 years of age.

We believe that an early childhood program should provide a welcoming and secure environment that fosters mutual respect for all parties (child, parent, and caregiver) and will encourage the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of each child while embracing diversity and respect for each individual’s beliefs and background.

Center Procedures in accordance with DCFS and CDC COVID-19 Guidelines

Operation time is 6:30 am – 5:30 pm. All adults and children 2-years of age and older entering the building are required to wear a face covering. Per instruction from DCFS, all children 2-years of age and older must wear a face covering at all times other than during meals, snacks, and naps.

We are no longer taking temperatures upon arrival. We ask that parents monitor and check their child(ren) and themselves before coming to the Center.  Please keep children home if they are sick and/or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.

Parents are allowed to walk their child(ren) to and from the classroom door but may not enter the classroom during drop-off and pick-up. We ask that only one parent walk with the child(ren) for drop-off and pick-up.  Please limit items from home as much as possible. Please leave car seats in your vehicle.

We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout the pandemic.  Please continue to be patient as we follow the ever-changing recommendations, guidelines, and rules put in place by our Governor, the CDC, and DCFS.

We will continue to follow the established COVID-19 Response Plan.

Please continue to monitor this website and Facebook page for updates.


2206 South Fourth Street
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-3111
Fax: 217-345-2918
Member Agency