Strong Beginnings Early Learning Center is a faith-enriched, caring & developmentally appropriate educational child care center for children for ages 6 weeks - 4 years. Strong Beginnings Preschool supports full & part-time developmental, social, pre-academic skills, and Christian education for children ages 4 to 6 years. Strong Beginnings is a Non-Profit 501C3.

We Love Strong Beginnings!
“My child has attended Strong Beginnings Early Learning Center since she was 6 weeks old and is now almost 3. The teachers that help provide care today are some of the same teachers that held, rocked, and nurtured my baby when I had to return to work after maternity leave. Being a working mother, it is difficult to be without your baby while at work and I have always had confidence and trust in every teacher providing care for my daughter. She is now in the Preschool 1 classroom which provides an excellent developmental curriculum for her. I am proud to say my daughter attends Strong Beginnings Early Learning Center and so grateful for all they do for our family.”
“Strong Beginnings has a dedicated staff and board. They have worked tirelessly to keep the center open, a challenge in such a small town. We know many families that would not be able to work were it not for Strong Beginnings. And we know what a financial struggle it can be to operate the center. Strong Beginnings relies on donations and fundraisers throughout the year to maintain their high level of care.”
“The staff is well educated on normal childhood development and social and emotional development.”
“The staff was very supportive of our family growing even when my husband and I were a little nervous about having 2 little ones so close in age. My son started going to Strong Beginnings at 12 weeks. The staff have cared for him in a way that I will always be thankful for. It is hard when you are a parent who works outside the home, but it is easier to return to work when you know that your children will be so well cared for.”
“I know that my children are learning what they need for their age and to help prepare them for school. If anyone asked about childcare in Neoga, I would highly recommend Strong Beginnings.”
“The staff care very much for these children and all of the families that have Strong Beginnings for their childcare are blessed to have this facility.”
“Faith-based education is integral to the care my child has received at Strong Beginnings.”
“As a former faith-based educator, I know what it takes to create a positive school culture. Strong Beginnings Early Learning Center continues to do that and more. As a working mother I know the value of affordable, high-quality child care. Strong Beginnings is like a part of our family.”
“Our children are gifts from God and knowing that they are receiving the best care each and every day is the best feeling.”
“I have been taking my children to this center since it opened.  I love it.  I am a single mom of 2 they have helped me out more times than I can say.  I work some crazy hours and this center has saved me so I can be at work.  My children have a safe and good place to go and I know that I can trust the people there.  When I need something, they are here to help me whenever I need it. My children have learned a lot from them.”

Forms & Rates


Strong Beginnings Enrollment Application

Please return this completed application along with the non-refundable $25 Registration Fee. Checks should be made out to Strong Beginnings. You will be contacted by the director to confirm enrollment. Download file to learn more.

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Registration Fee
$25.00 deposit reserves your spot.

Full Week: $140

Full Week: $135

Preschool 1
Full Week: $130

Preschool 2
Full Week: $130

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

DHS' Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income and number of children in care.


About Us


Early Learning Center

388 West 6th Street
Neoga, Illinois 62447

Hours: M-F: 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM


641 West 6th Street
Neoga, Illinois 62447

Hours: M-F: 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Our Mission:

Strong Beginnings ELC will guide children based upon the fruit of the Spirit, so they will grow to be life-long learners and make fruitful contributions in our local and global communities.

Our Philosophy:

Our future belongs to our children. Providing quality, developmental care and educational opportunities for children and families is our top priority. Pre-academic learning skills are focused on at all levels. Faith-enriched learning activities are a very important component of our curriculum. Our staff is caring, educated and devoted to loving and encouraging children. We are a non-profit organization with all donations qualifying as tax-deductible.

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Our infant room holds a maximum of 8 children and we begin taking infants at 6 weeks of age. We provide a nurturing environment that helps our infants grow and develop. The infants are constantly learning, changing, and growing so quickly! The caregivers in the infant room are always responsive to the infants ever-changing needs, including feeding, changing, and comforting the children as needed!

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Toddlers are so fun!! There are many small and large motor activities that are encouraged and supported though out the day to help develop overall motor skills. Emerging language skills are reinforced and supported. Learning through play, art and music are the tasks of children in this room. Songs and books are also used daily to help promote literacy skills. Beginning self-care and independence are encouraged and supported as well. Bible stories and songs are presented and experienced.

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Children at this age will grow in language as well as fine and gross motor skills, through daily experiences in the classroom. Art and sensory activities are added at this age. Weekly themes include Bible stories and songs, with projects, play and music, which all help our little ones develop through hands on experience and language development. The Preschool 1 classroom is all about growing independence! Our staff works diligently with parents to assist with toilet training. Also, we begin letters and numbers with early reading and math skills. Through the use of monthly and weekly themes, simple science and social studies concepts are introduced. Colors, shapes, language and social skills, as well as fine and gross motor skills are emphasized.

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By meeting the needs of individual children and setting age appropriate goals, children learn at their own pace and are motivated and challenged to learn. Children will practice social skills: cooperation, listening, sharing, taking turns, and following directions. They will be introduced to fine and large motor skills and creative expression through dramatic play, music and art, colors, shapes, body parts and more. The letters will be taught through a letter of the week curriculum that includes letters, sounds, rhyming and blending. At Strong Beginnings we follow God’s Little Explorer Curriculum and help this age group prepare for kindergarten. Name recognition, writing, and small and large group activities, as well as experiences in a wide variety of social studies and science activities through thematic units will keep children excited about school. They will learn about God's love, and about Jesus, their Savior, who loves them. These classes challenge children to learn school skills: enthusiasm for learning, persistence, motivation, as well as creative and critical thinking.

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