Cox Children’s Center

The Cox Children's Center is licensed through the State of Illinois and holds voluntary accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Cox Children’s Center was established in 1970. The center is a resource for university students, faculty, staff, alumni and community clients.

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“Our first child attended the UIS Cox Children’s Center from the age of 10 months – 5 years. When I was researching possible daycare settings, I was very impressed with the professional, courteous manner in which all my questions were met – I had a checklist of things to ask (printed from an internet search).” – Leslie Ann Lesko
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“When we first moved to Springfield, one of the first concerns our family had was finding an excellent preschool for our oldest daughter, who was nearing the age of 3 and was incredibly shy given that our family had moved from Minnesota to Chicago, Chicago to Springfield in those three years.” – Lisa Higgs
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“As working parents of twins, it was very difficult getting our children into a daycare setting. As a result, we bounced from daycare to daycare until we could find one that had openings, let alone fit our needs. We settled on in-home daycares but were never fully satisfied. We finally found what was needed at Cox Children’s Center.” – Sarah Hilligoss
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