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Children's Drop-In Learning Center

Open August 28th, 2017 to June 1st,  2018 for the upcoming school year. We are located in the heart of Lake Forest, the Gorton Children’s Drop-In Learning Center (DILC) serves as an “as-needed” home away from home for little ones while you do what you need to do – for a few hours, or a few days a week!

Open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Children’s Drop-In Learning Center is a 30 year-old membership-based program that offers flexible, early childhood care, education, and summer camp activities for children ages six weeks to five years. Each year, children from 200 area families enjoy this nurturing, safe, convenient, and fun environment that boasts nearly 2,100 square feet of brightly colored childcare space spread over three classrooms and a private, updated playground for all ages.

When your child attends the Drop-In Learning Center, he/she wil be placed in a classroom with a warm caring staff and children in their age group.  Our classrooms are divided by age, infants to 23 months (maximum 12 children to 3 adults), 2 year olds (maximum 16 children with 2 adults), and 3 through 5 year olds (maximum 19 children with 2 adults).  All age groupings and ratios are kept in accordance to DCFS rules and regulations to ensure safety.

What's New

  • Come to our first Parent Circle Meeting 10/5/17 7:00-8:00 in the DILC hallway
  • 2017-2018 school year calendar

    August 28                                      Drop-In Opens 

    September 4                                  Labor Day  (Drop-In Center closed)

    October 9                                        Columbus Day Mini-Camp (No regular Drop-In hours.)

    November 3                                    Teacher Professional Development (Drop-In Center closed)

    November 22-24                              Thanksgiving Break (Drop-In Center closed)

    December 15                                    Holiday mini-camp (No regular Drop-In hours.)

    December 18                               Winter Break (Drop-In Center closed)

    January 3rd                                        Drop-In reopens at 8:15

    January 15                                    Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Drop-In Center closed)

    February 16                                      Parent/Teacher Conferences (Drop-In Center closed)

    March 22                                           spring mini-camp (No regular Drop-In hours.)

    March 23                                           Spring Break (Drop-In Center closed)

    April 3rd                                             Drop-In reopens

    May 25th                                            mini-camp (No regular Drop-In hours.)

    May 28                                             Memorial Day, (Drop-In Center closed)

    June 1                                             Last day Drop-In

    We are now accepting standing reservation requests for the 2017-2018 school year!
  • Tours at the DIC are Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 or by appointment Please call 847-234-2778 to set up a tour.

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