Founded in 1908, Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool has a history of providing affordable, high quality early care and education for generations of children and is committed to the same for your child. The Center provides a warm, nurturing environment that will enhance the development of your child. Milestones is a not-for-profit agency of the United Way of McLean County. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of members of the Bloomington-Normal community.

In January of 2008, we celebrated 100 years of service and introduced our new name of Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool prior to that we had been known as:

The Day Nursery Association (from 1908-1968)

We were located at 1210 W. Mulberry Street in Bloomington until 1912 and then relocated to 1320 W. Mulberry Street in Bloomington where we remained until 1968.

The Day Care Center of McLean County (from 1968-2008)

In 1968 we moved to 315 N. Stillwell.

Milestones Early Learning Center (from 2014-Present!)

In 2014, we moved to our beautiful, new location at 1207 Six Points Rd, Bloomington, Illinois 61701. Come by and check out our new home!


The mission of Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool is to provide quality, accessible and affordable child care for children six weeks through twelve years old in a safe and enriching learning environment that supports children and families as they grow and develop.


As a century-old service institution, values and vision guide Milestones. We believe in:

Each person’s unlimited potential
High standards of personal behavior
Diversity and Inclusivity
Child care as a community investment
Constant improvement
It is this continued connection to the community and faithfulness to our core values which have brought Milestones across one hundred years of service to the children of McLean County.


Through all activities at Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool, an attempt is made to create and develop in each child the following:

A feeling of belonging, love, and respect
Friendliness, empathy, and consideration for others
Self-confidence and positive self-image
A love of learning
An ability to solve problems
An ability to express oneself
An ability to participate in group activities