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Contact:  Diane Burns, Director  |  618-397-9071 | 
      Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Contact:  Diane Burns, Director  |  618-397-9071 | 
      Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


daycarelogoChildcare for Children 6 weeks– 12 years

The Early Learning Center is a ministry of Saint Matthew UMC that provides childcare for Children 6 weeks to 12 years. Our center offers childcare and developmentally appropriate learning activities for children fifteen months to five years old. We also offer before and after school childcare for children in Kindergarten through age twelve. The center and school age programs are operated as a non-profit ministry, and tuition is based on the operating costs for the year. 


Our staff is made up of people truly dedicated to working with young children in their most formative years. Our directors, teachers, teacher's aides, and licensed food service personnel have recieved training in early childhood development, first aid, and CPR. Fifteen hours of continuing education training are required annually. 

Our Curriculum

  • Bible Stories and lessons
  • Math and Science center lessons
  • Reading and writing readiness activities
  • Sensory and art experiences
  • Fine and gross motor development activities


The Saint Matthew Early Learning Center provides a rich enviornment in which your child is free to develop unique aspects of his/her personality.

The program is designed to foster your child's growth and development spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Various hands-on activities are provided so your child may be actively involved with people, materials and the environment. Language development is encouraged through activities that stimulate your child's senses. Songs, finger plays, games, etc., help the children learn numbers, letters and self-expression.

Preprinting skills are developed through cutting, pasting, coloring, and scribbling.


It is our goal through the involvement of the family that we will be able to act as an extension of your family. We want to provide each child with their best care and early education available. Parents can show interest in their child's care by providing a safe place for the creations their child brings home. Giving your child the opportunity to talk about their day also shows interest.


Saint Matthew UMC Early Learning Center opened in 1973 and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The Board of Health and the State Fire Marshall inspect the Center. We are dedicated to providing appropriate early childhood education and quality childcare services for infants (6 weeks old) through school are children (up to 12 years old).


The Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, cultural background or religion.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

We follow Belleville School District 201 for weather related closings.


We participate in the federal food program and serve nutritional breakfasts, lunches, and snacks daily.

Our summer and holiday care for school-agers includes:

  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Playtime at the center and area parks
  • Library trips
  • Field trips to area museums, nature preserves, and historic sites
  • Vacation Bible School
  • And much, much more!




St. Matthew Early Learning Center continually strives to provide quality childcare at an affordable price. Rates effective as of April 3, 2017.


   Five Days  Four Days  Three Days  Two Days
 Infants  $210  N/A  N/A  N/A
 Toddlers  $175  $160  $145  $130
 Two's  $165  $150  $135  $120
 Three's  $155  $140  $125  $110
 Four's  $155  $140  $125  $110


 School Age

 Before or After  $90 per week
 Before and After  $95 per week
 Summer  $145 per week


An additional $10 per day will be charged on early dismissal days when lunch is being provided and on holidays. Please call prior to date of drop in care to check for availabilty. 

Drop in Care will be $30 per day.


Families recieve 10% off each additional child (highest tuition is billed at regular rate.)

If you have any questions regarding tuition rates, contact Diane Burns or call the center at 618-397-9071.


Policies and Forms


Late Policy Pickup

A late charge of $5 per every ten minutes, or any part thereof, will be assessed for children left at the center beyond our scheduled closing time of 6 p.m.


Discipline will be approached in a positive and consistent way. It will be excercised with an understanding on individual's needs and child development levels.


Bus Transportation School Children

The Early Learning Center does not provide bus transportation for school age children.


Pest Management Verification

The Early Learning Center has employed Bush Pest Control.


Child Enrollment Form


Consent Agreement Form


Health Certificate


Health Certificate - Lead Screen

Application for Employment


Daily Schedules

Toddler's & Two's Daily Schedule

    6:30 - 7:30     Free Play or Gross Motor Room

    7:30 - 8:00     Care Routines

    8:00 - 8:30     Breakfast 

    8:30 - 9:00     Care Routines

    9:00 - 9:30     Circle Time (Stories, songs, finger plays)

  9:30 - 10:00     Gross Motor Room/Outside

10:00 - 10:30     Arts and Centers

10:30 - 11:00     Care Routines/prep for lunch

11:00 - 11:30     Lunch

11:30 - 12:00     Care Routines

  12:00 - 2:30     Naptime

    2:30 - 3:00     Care Routines

    3:00 - 3:30     Snack

    3:30 - 4:00     Care Routines

    4:00 - 6:00     Gross Motor/Outside Play/Free Play



Care Routines- Diapering, toileting, hand and face washing


*Schedules subject to change to meet the needs of each child.



Preschool Daily Schedule

    6:30 - 8:25     Drop off in Gross Motor Room

    8:25 - 8:40     Care Routines

    8:40 - 9:10     Breakfast

    9:10 - 9:20     Care Routines

    9:20 - 9:40     Circle Time (stories, calendar, weather, helper chart)

  9:40 - 11:10     Centers (art, writing, science, music, etc.)

11:10 - 11:20     Clean Up

11:20 - 11:50     Gross Motor Time (outside or gross motor room)

11:50 - 12:00     Care Routines

12:00 - 12:30     Lunch

12:30 - 12:40     Care Routines

    1:00 - 3:00     Nap Time

    3:00 - 3:30     Care Routines

    3:30 - 4:00     Snack

    4:00 - 6:00     Pick Up, Free play


Important Dates to Remember

 01  Closed for New Year's Day
 15  Hat Day Closed for Martin Luther King Day
 28  National Chocolate Cake Day
 02  Groundhog Day
 04  National Wear Red Day
 10  National Bagel Day
 14  Ash Wednesday  and Valentine's Day with Class Parties
 18   National Random Acts of Kindness Day
 04  National Pancake Day
 08  National Oreo Day
 11  Daylight Savings Begins
 17  St. Patrick's Day with Class Parties
 20   Spring Begins
 23  National Corn Dog Day
 30  Good Friday / Closed for Easter
 01   Easter and April Fools Day
 20  National Sharing Day
 23  National Earth Day
 27   National Administrative Assistant Day
 National Day of Prayer
 13  Mother's Day
 21  National Pizza Day
 30   Closed for Memorial Day 
 04  Closed for Labor Day
 19  Preschool Apple Picking Field Trip / Fundraiser Begins 
 22   Autumn Begins
 04  Picture Day at 8 a.m.
 09-13  Fire Prevention Week (Fire Truck comes)  
 26  Preschool Pumpkin Picking
 30  Halloween Parade at Grand Manor
 31  Halloween Class Parties
 05  Day Light Savings Ends
 14   World Kindness Day
 23 - 24  Closed for Thanksgiving 
 06  St. Nick's Day
 14  Christmas Program
 15  Staff Party
 18 - 22  Secret Santa
 21   First Day of Winter
 22  Chirstmas Class Parties
 25 - 26  Closed for Christmas




 Week  Topic  Verse
 Week 36  Paul Tells About Jesus  Acts 16:9-15
 Week 37  Paul Obeys God  Acts 21:17-22:30
 Week 38  A Boy Helps Paul  Acts 23:12-35
 Week 39  Safe in a Shipwreck  Acts 27
 Week 40  Joseph and His Brothers  Genesis 37
 Week 41  Joseph in Prison  Genesis 39-40
 Week 42  Joseph Shares Food  Genesis 41
 Week 43  Joseph Forgives His Family  Genesis 42:1-8; 43:16; 45; 46:5-7
 Week 44  Birds Feed Elijah  1 Kings 17:1-6
 Week 45  God Cares for a Widow  1 Kings 17:7-16
 Week 46  Elisha's New Room  2 Kings 4:8-10
 Week 47  God Helps Naaman  2 Kings 5:1-16
 Week 48  Crossing the Jordan  Joshua 3-4:18
 Week 49  Walls Fall Down  Joshua 6
 Week 50  Deborah Obeys God  Judges 4:1-16; 5:4, 20-21
 Week 51  Joash Repairs the Temple  2 Kings 12:4-15; 2 Chronicles 24:1-14
 Week 52  Esther is Brave  Esther 2-9 

Sunday Times
8:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:17 a.m. - Contemporary
10:45 a.m. - Blended
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6:30 p.m. - Bible Study

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Address:  1200 Moreland Dr.
                  Belleville, IL 62223
Phone:  618-397-5994
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