About Lighthouse Learning Center

Lighthouse Learning Center is Family owned and Operated! The Prader family of Waterloo built the Columbia Lighthouse in 1997. Mary Kay Prader, RN and David Prader have expanded to include centers in Columbia, Freeburg, Waterloo, Cahokia and area public schools including Dupo and Freeburg Elementary schools. We offer full and part time child care for School Age children year round at the centers and at the Schools.

Our teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and education, and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem and independence. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's learning potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs. In addition to our own high standards, ALL of our centers are Nationally Accredited Centers.

Our teacher-to-child ratios allow teachers to focus on the individual learning styles and needs of each child in our center.

Our teachers and staff are passionate about forming a strong, open partnership with you to ensure the best possible experience for your child. Teachers provide daily communication with families and seek to understand your unique needs.

Lighthouse Preschool Programs at all locations are funded preschool by the Illinois State Board of Education with certified teachers. www.isbe.net

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Lighthouse Learning Centers are Nationally Accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. Accreditation standards exceed the state licensing standards! www.naccp.org

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Lighthouse Learning Centers are rated by the Illinois Quality Star Rating System with 3 Stars through Illinois Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCRRA) www.inccrra.org 

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Columbia, IL
Freeburg, IL
Cahokia, IL
Waterloo, IL
For a list of all of our locations and programs, please navigate to Our Centers page.

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Hours of Operation

Our centers' hours of operation are weekdays, 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Programs are offered on a full-time or part-time basis to meet your needs.
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