Welcome to Troy Early Childhood Center: Where learning begins.

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Quality Care and Comprehensive Education

TECC offers a loving environment that supports families and the community by delivering quality childcare and utilizing the Creative Curriculum, a developmentally appropriate program recognized by multiple educational boards.

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Convenient and Versatile Programs Content

With two locations along Highway 40 and extended hours of operation, TECC offers convenience for busy families. We cater to children from 6 weeks to 13 years old, with specific age-focused programs at each center.

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Subsidy Assistance and Support

TECC accepts various subsidy payments to support families, including the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), ChildCare Aware of America, and we also accept DCFS vouchers. For application details, visit the provided links.

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Who we are

Welcome to the Troy Early Childhood Center, where we create a nurturing and enriching environment for young minds to flourish. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional care and guidance to children, ensuring their safety and encouraging their natural curiosity. All staff employed by TECC have a passion for helping children learn and grow. While many of our staff have either certificates or degrees in Early Childhood others are in school working toward that goal. All have many opportunities to expand their knowledge of child development outside the classroom through many online and in person training. All staff are required to take 15 hours of continuing education each year. All staff are trained in Sudden Infant Death, Shake Baby Syndrome, CPR and First Aid, and Child Health and Safety Basics.

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Educational philosophy

  • Our purpose is to provide the community with quality child care and enhance your child's emotional, physical, social and intellectual development.
  • Through creative curriculum and individualized lesson plans, children will grow developmentally and gain knowledge through exploration of their surroundings.
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Creative Curriculum

All TECC Centers employ the Creative Curriculum, which is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Parents as Teachers and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as a research-based curriculum centered around developmentally appropriate practice, which matches the natural way children develop and learn.

Holistic Child Development

Theoretical Foundations

We implement major child development theories such as those of Maslow, Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner, and Smilansky. This approach informs our curriculum, ensuring it aligns with children's natural development and learning patterns.

Curriculum Components

Our curriculum comprises five key components: Knowing Children, Creating a Responsive Environment, What Children are Learning, Caring and Teaching, and Building Partnerships with Families. Each guides us in tailoring an optimal learning journey for every child.

The Role of the Teacher

Teachers at TECC are critical to children’s learning. They foster individual skills through planned activities, cultivate positive relationships, create safe environments for exploration, and offer continuous, nurturing care.

Inclusive Learning Environment

Classroom Layout

Our classrooms are carefully designed to promote exploration and learning. Featuring distinct interest areas and easily accessible materials, the setup encourages children's independence and decision-making.

Learning Goals and Interest Areas

We emphasize community and collaboration. Individual care plans evolve with your child's growth. Key areas of interest include language and literacy, mathematical relationships, play, music, art, food preparation, and sensory exploration

Our Beliefs

We champion trusting relationships with each child, responsive care, supportive environments, and safety. Recognizing social/emotional development's importance, we value cultural, family, and individual differences, supporting all children inclusively.

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TECC South

TECC South is a place where young minds thrive! Our programs cater to Preschool (3-5 years) and School Age (5-13 years) children, engaging them in hands-on learning that sparks their curiosity.

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Our TECC Too center provides nurturing environments for the youngest members of our community. With programs for infants (6 weeks to 15 months), toddlers (15-24 months), and 2's (2-3 years)

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Preschool for All

  • Troy Early Childhood Center is part of the "Preschool for All" grant program by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • We offer enhanced preschool sessions at our South location for both enrolled children and eligible community members.
  • Our center conducts year-round screenings to determine eligibility for this program.
  • We highly value and encourage family involvement in this program.
  • Participation comes at no additional cost. This grant-based initiative covers all associated fees.
  • Our program is designed to establish a strong learning foundation for children, paving the way for future academic success.
  • Parents can request screenings for their child at our office.

Staying Connected with Brightwheel

At TECC, we understand the importance of staying connected to your child's day, even when you're away. That's why we've embraced Brightwheel - an innovative app designed for modern parents. With Brightwheel, every bottle your infant takes, every diaper change, nap, or even a clothes change is logged and shared with you. For our older children, Brightwheel keeps you updated on their progress and all their daily activities. Plus, cherish those special moments with photos sent directly to your phone. It's our way of ensuring you're always a part of your child's day at TECC.


I can not begin to tell you how thankful we are to have had you all care for Jonathan and Jacob for the last four years! We have received so much love and kindness towards our boys that it just blows me away. You and the rest of the staff run an amazing place that really fosters learning and fun of the highest quality. It has given me such peace of mind to know how well the boys are cared for everyday. We will never forget TECC and we thank you again for EVERYTHING!!

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Thanks for everything you do at Troy Early Childhood Center! You have taken such good care of our two children. I know they are both having fun, making great friends and learning a lot. We know they love being there because they never are ready to leave when we come to pick them up!

5 stars

My children have attended this center since they were infants. We were impressed from the first tour. Children are now 7 and 2 and we couldn’t be more pleased. We really enjoy the comfortable atmosphere and friendliness of staff. The kids have many friends that they play with outside of school that they met there. We love the evening activities that they host and the lending library. Take a look for yourself if you are looking for care.

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Ready to embark on an enriching early education journey for your child? At Troy Early Childhood Center, we offer a range of comprehensive programs designed to foster your child's growth and development. Explore our centers, learn more about our programs, and schedule a tour. Start your child's journey to lifelong learning with us today!

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