The Children's School at Carl Sandburg College, 2232 S. Lake Storey Road, 344-1780. Accepts children starting at six weeks, but there is a long waiting list, so contact them as soon as possible in a pregnancy if you're interested in infant care; your wait may be many months after birth. (Once you're on the waiting list, follow-up with the childcare coordinator frequently--at least once a term--about where you stand on the waiting list, as it is difficult for them to estimate how long it will take to get in.) They also have an evening care program Monday-Thursday from 5-10 p.m. for children from 6 weeks through 5th grade. There's a 10% discount for siblings. The Childern's School gives priority to children of students at Carl Sandburg College, since the Children's School is considered a lab school for the CSC childcare program. You can take a yoga (or other class) at CSC and get this priority yourself.
Creative Childhood Center (part of Bridgeway), 2320 Veteran's Drive, 344-5437. Accepts children ages 2-12. The long-time director is Tammy Froelich. Meals are provided, and in the summer they coordinate with swim lessons from KCAP (Knox County Area Project) and the Galesburg library summer reading program. Each age group has its own play yard outside their room, with a larger play yard for all.
PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS (in addition to the programs available at the three above childcare centers)
Bright Futures, at Lincoln Education Center, 932 Harriston St., 342-5582.
Community Nursery School, 120 N. Kellogg St., 343-0713. They have programs for 3, 4, and 5 year olds--a couple of hours a day, two or three days a week.AT-HOME DAY CARE
Care in your own home by a hired sitter/nanny Sometimes you can find one by word of mouth; let people know you are looking well before you need one; the faculty/staff e-mail distribution list is a good resource. You may also be able to find someone through Carl Sandburg College's training program; call 344-2518, x5279.
Care in the home of a day-care provider The State of Illinois requires licensing for people providing care to more than a certain number of unrelated children. Sometimes you can find a caretaker by word of mouth, or through advertising in the newspaper; again, start looking early. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) maintains a list of all the people in the area who are licensed. You can call them to get a list: (877-746-0829). You can also call Childcare Resource and Referral in Davenport, IA, (866) 324-3236, x1413 (the Parent Services Specialist) or (319) 324-3236. For a fee of $0-$30 (depending on income), they will talk with you about your needs and work up a tailored list of child-care providers in the Galesburg area.