Scribbles Center for Learning is designed with families in mind – flexible scheduling options, a child-based, project-centered curriculum that prepares children for the public school standards, and age appropriate classroom and playground equipment.
We have designed Scribbles Center for Learning to be what we as parents want and deserve in an environment that cares for our children’s needs. In short, we are the product of community research, parent suggestions, professional guidance, and our own personal experiences in seeking out childcare. Our child development program serves families with children as young as 6 weeks old through children of school age needing before and after school care. We strive to accommodate the needs of the entire family.
Hours of Operation:
Scribbles Center for Learning hours are currently 6:30am to 6:00pm at our main site.
Camp programs operate from 7:00am-5:30pm.
Benjamin operates 2pm-5:30pm.
Pepper Ridge operates 2pm-6:00pm.
Flex Care at Scribbles
Perhaps you need some combination of care not mentioned, or, you need care that fits with a schedule that is anything but “normal” during the week. We’d like to help accommodate your needs!
We’re also available as a backup care option if your primary option is unavailable, or, when you maybe need a little “me” time without the kids so that you can refresh yourself and be at full speed during your normal, daily, kid-crazy routine.
We want to emphasize that even though some kids might be on different schedules, they will still be integrated into our classrooms to learn and play amongst our qualified teaching staff. We make your convenience part of our programming, and our programming includes children on all schedules.
Once we have an application and DCFS mandated health forms on file, all of the scenarios above can be accommodated by a knowledgeable and friendly member of our team.
Just send us an email if you’d like to know more!
We Go Above and Beyond!
The Scribbles staff and administration are so proud of all we have been able to achieve in 10 years! First and foremost, we offer top quality care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years in a clean, safe, nurturing environment. While this is our number one priority, we are always looking for ways to go above and beyond and provide our families with services and programs that exceed their expectations. Check out what else we do!
Child Assessment: Our Assistant Director of Child Development is available on-site to administer the ASQ-3 (developmental screening) and the ASQ-SE-2 (social-emotional screening) with parent consent. Based on the results of these screenings, she is able to work closely with personal site observers, local Early Intervention agencies, as well as work alongside the child for a period of time to meet the areas in which there were delays or areas to be monitored for progress. If there is already an IFSP/IEP/504 Plan in place, the Assistant Director of Child Development has the ability to work with families and teachers to make accommodations and put goals in place according to the child’s plan.
NAEYC Accreditation: The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the quality mark in childcare. Centers wishing to achieve accreditation must go through an extensive application process. Skilled and reliable NAEYC assessors visit the program to determine that it meets NAEYC standards in the areas of: relationships, curriculum, teaching approaches, assessments, nutrition and health, staff qualifications, family involvement, community resources, environment, and program management. Scribbles is proud to be a NAEYC accredited childcare center!
ExceleRate: ExceleRate Illinois is the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs. It recognizes a program's commitment to quality beyond the basic state licensing requirements. Scribbles is proud to have achieved a Gold Circle of Quality! The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs which have demonstrated quality on all 15 standards, meeting or exceeding specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, group size and staff/child ratios, staff qualifications, and professional development.
NGSC Certification: The National Green School Coalition is a national, independent, third-party green school certification and audit program governed by a group of environmental professionals and implemented through trained, knowledgeable consultants who are passionate about conserving our most precious resource – our children. We have worked closely with the NGSC and environmental consulting group, Little Miss Save the Earth, to become the first childcare center in the area to be certified by the NGSC! The certification process led to much awareness on the behalf of our administrators, staff, and families and has prompted us to implement many changes in our program that will ultimately lead to a healthier, safer, and more sustainable environment for our children. Some of these changes include increased classroom and center-wide recycling efforts, introduction of green/eco friendly cleaning products, and reduced paper usage. We also have a composting bin for food waste!Nutrition: As part of our efforts to become certified by the NGSC, we have worked with a Dr. Sear’s certified L.E.A.N coach to make our already well-rounded lunch menu even more nutritional and appropriately balanced for healthy, growing children. Our caterers provide as many fresh options as possible and limit the amount of additives and preservatives. We have also used this as a learning opportunity in the classrooms, teaching children about healthy food choices and the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet.
Kilgus Farmstead: In keeping with our efforts to be “green” and healthy, Scribbles receives a weekly milk shipment from Kilgus Farmstead in Fairbury, IL! The milk is pasteurized but non-homogenized which allows children the advantage of receiving more of the milk’s vitamins, protein, and calcium without absorbing all the fat. Kilgus Farmstead cows receive no growth hormones and are in pasture April through November.
Center Events: Several times each year Scribbles offers opportunities for our families to come together. In fact, we will find any excuse to throw a party!
Charity Events: Scribbles feels it's important to give back to our community and to organizations that support children. Our families and teachers have helped many different organizations through donations – including the Spina Bifida Association of Illinois, The Sturge Weber Foundation, St. Jude’s, Toys for Tots, The Baby Fold, The Crisis Nursery, The Children’s Hospital of Illinois, CISAR, various youth soccer, sled hockey, softball, and baseball organizations/teams, and local schools! We support the Unit 5 Educational Foundation and since 2013 Scribbles donates to Abenezer’s Hope Fund in order to employ a full-time nanny at Kebebe Tsehay Orphanage in Ethiopia.
Special Programming: Some of our past and present special programming have included preschool Spanish classes, Parents’ Night Out, six-week theater sessions culminating in a final group performance, Fit Kids fitness program, music classes, and free parenting workshops and seminars. We are always looking for new special programming opportunities to offer our children and families!
At the center of Scribbles is a fantastic gross motor room with 18-foot raised ceilings, drenched in natural sunlight. Children enjoy music and movement as part of the daily curriculum.The children love climbing on the rock wall! This feature offers a challenging gross motor opportunity that can be adapted to meet the needs of all developmental stages. Teachers can use the gross motor room at any time during the day in addition to outside play time. The space is available to all classrooms as a play option during inclement weather.
Scribbles has four separate age-appropriate playground spaces (one infant/toddler, two mixed ages, and one school age) designed to promote children’s physical, social, cognitive and language development. Included in one of our mixed age playgrounds is a 6-foot play hill with built-in slides for both winter and summer fun, and a tricycle track equipped with a covered train tunnel, a bridge, a gas station, and a dramatic playhouse to encourage imaginative play. A covered patio allows children to play outdoors in both sunny and rainy weather, while the before/after school room opens up to its own patio with picnic tables that allow the children to study and read outside during nice weather. Each classroom also has a direct exit to an outdoor playground or play space, allowing for easy access and avoiding disruptions to the children in other classrooms.