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Finding Childcare

Searching for good childcare while working full time can be daunting. The Quality Checklist and Links of Interest provide many resources to help you find a licensed or accredited childcare provider. Whether you are looking for an in-home nanny or an early childhood center, there are many options to consider, so take time to assess those options. The health, safety and the developmental needs of your child are important factors that will influence your final decision.

Finding an In-Home Provider

Quality childcare has been shown to benefit children through improving social skills and behavior.
(Associated Early Care & Education, 2011)

Finding the right in-home care provider such as a babysitter or nanny should not be rushed. The childcare resources on our website provide information about local babysitters in your area. Be sure to examine the prospective babysitter's background, experience, and any licenses or accreditations they possess. It is important to conduct a thorough interview with potential caregivers before leaving your child in their custody.

For help finding a provider not listed, contact the Department of Human Services (DHS) Children’s Home and Aid Office.  For Madison and Sr. Clair counties the phone number is 800-467-9200, and the extension for a parent referral counselor is x390.  The DHS Office is located at 1925 Madison Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040.

Licensed Childcare

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) governs the activities of licensed childcare providers. The regulations and guidelines set by the state outline health and safety standards that daycare providers must meet to promote a child's well-being. The list of local licensed childcare providers is not all encompassing, and your own research is encouraged. Consider completing your own background checks on caregivers to assure your child is in a safe and nurturing environment.

Childcare Options

(Providers listed are included based on an online search of licensed centers in the 62025 ZIP Code and have no relationship with SIUE.)

Licensed Childcare Centers

SIUE Early Childhood Center
795 Northwest University Drive
Campus Box 1076
Edwardsville, IL

Early Explorations Inc.
47 N. Research Dr.
Edwardsville, IL
(618) 659-1438

Kids Club Child Development Center
5157 Center
Edwardsville, IL
(618) 656-1600

YMCA Early Childhood Development Center
190 Cottonwood Road
Glen Carbon, IL
(618) 288-3232

KinderCare Learning Center
(Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children)
500 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL
(618) 656-0268

Le Claire Christian Church Day Care
1914 Esic Drive
Edwardsville, IL
(618) 656-2798

The Goddard School
801 South Arbor Vitae
Edwardsville, IL
(618) 692-9464

Accredited Childcare

Accredited childcare providers are licensed providers that have met voluntary standards that are higher than the DCFS state licensing requirements.

Programs Accredited by the Better Business Bureau

Kaleidoscope of Kids Inc.
109 United Drive
Collinsville, IL
(618) 344-6515

Programs Accredited by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)

La Petite Academy
2 Auerbach Place
Glen Carbon, IL
(618) 288-3486
Find more La Petite Academy locations.

Programs Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Edwardsville Head Start
710 North main Street
Edwardsville, IL
(618) 692-9604

Granite City Head Start - South
1249 20th Street
Granite City, IL
(618) 877-2102

Riverbend Head Start and Family Services - Granite City North Head Start
2413 Corporate Center Drive
Granite City, IL
(618) 797-1547

Riverbend Head Start-Collinsville
5 Crestmont Street
Collinsville, IL
(618) 345-9588


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