Building Foundations for Future Success
in School and Life

Exceptional Childcare & Preschool for Your Child


Little Lamb’s Early Childhood Center of Effingham, IL is a Christian childcare organization that has been serving the community for two decades! Our outstanding caregivers prioritize loving, nurturing, and high-quality early child care and education. We are recognized ExceleRate Bronze Circle Quality of Illinois licensed childcare providers, committed to our own continued education and training too!

Early Childhood Center in Effingham, IL | Little Lambs Early Childhood Center
Early Childhood Center in Effingham, IL

About Us


Little Lamb’s Early Childhood Center is a Christian childcare and preschool in Effingham, IL. Our program is research-based and designed according to the principles we know will help children succeed in school and life. We want to build these foundations in every child, making a difference in the future.

Our Mission & Purpose

Little Lamb’s Early Childhood Center will provide Christian childcare and preschool programs so that children and families will grow in the knowledge of Jesus as their Savior and, through high-quality learning experiences, build educational foundations for success in school and life.

Our purpose:

  • To provide Christian education through Bible stories, songs, prayers, and Christian morals and values, integrated throughout the day
  • To provide warm, loving, nurturing care so that children feel loved, accepted, and safe
  • To provide the highest quality, developmentally appropriate early learning experiences to meet the individual needs of every child
  • To provide educational activities designed to support the “whole” child: emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually, spiritually, and creatively in order to prepare children for school
  • To provide firm, consistent, loving guidance so that children learn to respect other children and adults

Our Core Values

At Little Lamb’s Early Childhood Center, we believe that:


  • Children are precious, unique individuals, each a special gift from God with different needs and styles of learning
  • Children need loving, caring, and trusting relationships in order to feel loved, accepted, and safe
  • Children need a positive, supportive atmosphere through interaction with peers and adults both individually and in a group to develop a positive self-concept
  • Children need the freedom to explore and make free choices within age-appropriate limits to develop independence and self-confidence
  • Children need a flexible schedule and a reliable routine to develop neurological connections and brain patterns for optimal development
  • Children need to be presented with a wide variety of hands-on activities, opportunities for play, and guided experiences to learn
  • Children need the school and the home to form a cooperative partnership through open communication and mutual understanding in order to best serve each child


What are your hours?

Monday – Friday, 6:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

What ages do you take?

6 weeks – 6 years

Do you take part-time?

Yes, if the days needed each week are set days, and if the days needed are available in the desired class.

Do you have to pay if your child is not there?

Yes. The same rates apply whether the child attends or not.

Do you accept Project Child (the state assistance program for childcare)?

Yes. We have the applications and can help you through the entire process for approval.

Do you offer discounts for multiple children in a family?

No, we cannot at this time.

Is there an extra cost for preschool?

No. Preschool is included in the price for full-time students. Preschool is from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM every morning, followed by lunch and rest time.

Do you have openings?

To find out about openings, please call 217-347-LAMB (5262) for information.

Do you have a waitlist?

Yes. You may call and provide contact information, the child’s DOB, and the days and hours needed. You will be placed on a list of the class needed. We will call and offer you the spot when an opening is available. If we know a start date in the future and you want that spot, you must come in for a tour, fill out the registration form, and pay the $50 registration fee to hold the spot.

When can I come in for a tour?

Infant room tours are available at any time. Tours for other classrooms are best between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM or after 2:00 PM.

Caring for Our Flock!!

“This is by far one of the best daycare centers in Effingham. All staff and the owner Carla Holtz are amazing as well. You can tell she truly cares for every child in her center and the teachers who work there. You will feel safe with your child being there while you’re at work because the atmosphere/teachers are amazing and truly care for your children! Your children will feel safe here, and that is very important! So if you are looking for a fun, loving, safe environment for your kiddos, you need to send them to Little Lambs!”

— Janelle

“This is the best daycare center in Effingham, hands down. Carla has a huge heart and cares so much for the children and her employees. If you are looking for a place that is going to love your children and teach them through fun activities, then look no further!”

— Destiny

“All the teachers are great, and both places are clean! Both of my kids love it there!!”

— Kirsten

For more information about our childcare services,
Please contact us at 217-347-5262 today!