The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) at Moraine Valley Community College has received the Bronze Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

The CLC provides childcare and preschool for children ages 2 to 5. The center, which serves children of students and the community, is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and is listed with the Cook County Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.

“I want to congratulate my staff for their achievement,” said Denise Lumpkin, CLC director. “We will continue to seek methods to further enhance our program and provide the optimal learning environment for children.”

Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone, vice president of Student Development, echoed Lumpkin’s sentiments. “I am grateful to Denise, Annette, the coordinator, and all the staff members in the Children’s Learning Center for working very hard to fulfill the requirements of the Bronze level award. I know they will achieve the Silver designation next as they have already started the groundwork,” she said.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes licensed childcare centers, licensed family childcare, preschool, and center-based prevention initiative programs, Head Start, and Early Head Start Programs. It is administered through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies under the joint direction of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, the Illinois Department of Human Resources and the Illinois State Board of Education.