Country Living Learning Center (CLLC) is a non-profit organization that provides child care services to Lincoln County and surrounding communities in need of quality child care. This center will focus on providing an affordable, convenient and dependable educational environment for our families. CLLC is a large child care center that will serve children ages 6 weeks to 10 years according to Colorado state licensing requirements. This center will bring employment opportunities as well as making our community a more desirable home for families with children.
The CKLECC (Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln Early Childhood Council) recently received a grant to identify the needs of child care in these counties and what needs done to get interest in opening a child care center or getting more licensed providers. A needs assessment survey sent out to all three counties in 2015 showed Lincoln County in the highest need for licensed child care. Only 7.5% of responses showed they are currently using licensed child care. 15% have had to quit employment due to lack of child care. There is currently only one licensed provider in Lincoln County. Numbers from that survey indicate that there is a large enough need to support a licensed child care center and that is the preferred means of care compared to in home care.
2014 census results for Lincoln County show a population of 5,510 of which 18.2% are considered poverty level. Of the total population 5.6% are children under the age of 5. In order to better serve this population CLLC will accept CCAP payments for qualifying families. CCAP is a program provided by the department of social services to assist families in need with child care costs.
Our mission is to provide child care that meets the needs of each child and family in a safe, educational environment. CLLC prides our focus on the individual needs of each child, while providing quality, reliable and safe child care.
Our goals are:
· To provide affordable, convenient, dependable child care services
· To create a child care setting for social, cognitive and physical development
· To provide a nurturing environment
· To provide learning experiences for our children
Activities and relationships occur in a healthy, positive and relaxed environment in which well-qualified staff provide personal attention, guidance and nurturing to each child. CLLC strives to maintain continuity and consistency throughout the program by conducting cooperative staff planning, training and a variety of joint activities involving the various groups of children.