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History

Leelanau Children's Center

LCC was founded when community member Elizabeth "Dee" Glass learned that parents with young children had nowhere to gather and play.

Elizabeth began a playgroup in the basement of the Leland Community United Methodist Church. In 1976 LCC was incorporated under the name Leland Daycare and Nursery School.

The playgroup grew into a morning preschool, then into a full day preschool, then into a full day preschool with a before and after school program. At this point, the program stretched the capacity of the most generous Leland Community United Methodist Church. In 1988, with the support of the church, a facility designed to house 20 children and 9 staff members was constructed on church property in Leland. Funds for the building were raised locally, with a challenge grant from Miss Sally Reahard.

In the new facility, LCC grew into an accredited family support early childhood education program providing center-based care for toddlers and preschoolers as well as the Parenting Communities outreach program.

In 2006, LCC expanded to offer programming (outreach and center-based) in Northport. In 2009, LCC renovated and expanded the Northport building and grounds to more fully comply with safety and best practices standards.

In all periods of growth, LCC is guided by the following cycle:

  1. listen to the community,
  2. determine whether LCC can do a great job in responding to this community need,
  3. research best practices models,
  4. do what is right for children and families,
  5. DO IT!
  6. evaluate what we are doing and begin the cycle anew. 

Recognition for Outstanding Work

Leelanau Children's Center is a non-profit agency devoted to the welfare of young children and their families and has been recognized for excellence at the regional, state and national level:

• licensed by the State of Michigan

• accredited by the National Association of Young Children

• accredited by Family Support America

• recipient of the Governor's Award for Quality

• recognized as one of 21 exemplary early childhood programs in the U.S. for the Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education project of the Center for the Study of Social Policy

• awarded the State of Michigan Model Program of the year status by The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund for Parenting Communities outreach program

• 5 out of 5 stars rating by Michigan Department of Education’s Great Start to Quality

LCC Leland (231) 256-7841  /  LCC Northport (231) 386-5144  /  Email: infoleelanauchildrenscenter.net  /  Locations & Maps
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