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Randall Road KinderCare

Kristin Duy, Center Director

501 Rolls Dr. Algonquin IL 60102
(847) 854-8545 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
at Randall Rd. & Bunker Hill Rd. Next to Lifetime Fitness

Neighborhood:
Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Crystal Lake & Huntley

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Algonquin Lakes, Neubert, Eastview, Lake in the Hills , Liberty, Westfield, Conley, Mackeban, Glacier Ridge, Woods Creek, Indian Prairie, Coventry and Canterbury. Lincoln Prairie buses to the center.

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Welcome

Welcome to Randall Road KinderCare in Algonquin! Our center team is passionate about creating an educational environment where your child will learn and grow socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically! We are proud to provide quality childcare and preschool programs for the families of Algonquin and the surrounding communities  of Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Carpentersville, and Crystal Lake. Here at Randall Road KinderCare, we believe that children learn best when they are safe and secure and have passionate and nurturing teachers who love what they do Teachers who provide enriched and stimulating learning experiences and activities for children to explore throughout the day. We look forward to your family joining our KinderCare Family!

Kristin Duy, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Art Adventures

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at KinderCare of Algonquin have been nurturing and enriching the lives of young children for over 200 years combined! With such a long history in Early Childhood Education you would think that they would "know it all", but it is just the opposite, all of the staff are eager to try new learning approaches to give the children in their care the best possible start to a life long love of learning!

  • Kristin Duy

    Kristin Duy, Center Director

    Watching the children grow physically, emotionally and intellectually through curriculum, love and laughter is the most rewarding part of my day!

    Kristin truly loves to visit all of the classrooms at her center so that she can see firsthand all of the wonderful learning that is taking place in her building! Kristin grew up in WI and graduated with her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin. After getting married she moved to CA and taught fifth grade for 2 years before moving to Spokane, WA because of her husband's job. She quickly found a job teaching third grade at a Catholic grade school. After three-and-a-half years she found herself on the move to Illinois where she taught kindergarten for several years before deciding to be a stay at home mom to her 4 children. Kristin re-entered the workforce after 4 years at home to be a Director of Children's Activities at a local Country Club. Six years ago she decided to make a change and joined KinderCare as a Center Director. Kristin has the best of both worlds being the leader of an amazing staff of teachers and a "buddy" to over 100 kids at her center!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Kristin taught Kindergarten for seven years, third grade for 4 years and was the Director of Children's Activities at a Country Club for six years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I love all of the Jan Brett books! Especially The Hat, The Mitten, The Trouble With Trolls and Gingerbread Baby
    Year Started:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Araceli

    Ms. Araceli, Infant Classroom

    I love to see all of the smiling babies and I enjoy helping them reach their developmental milestones.

    Ms. Araceli has been at the Randall Road KinderCare since June of 2013 when her center merged with the Algonquin center.  Prior to that she worked at the Crystal Lake center for 8 years.  Ms. Araceli loves to do artwork with the babies and cherishes her time with each baby in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Arceli previously worked at a home childcare center.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Tzetzka

    Ms. Tzetzka, Infant

    I love caring for the infants because everything I do with them is a new experience.

    Ms. Tzetzka grew up and married in Bulgaria before moving to the United States and settling in Illinois.  She has worked in the infant program at KinderCare for almost 12 years.  she has such a gentle and nurturing way with the children in her class and especially loves to see them experience all of the "firsts" in their young lives!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Education
  • Ms. Chris, Preschool Classroom

    I have been teaching preschool for many years and I never get tired of teaching the children new skills. I especially enjoy watching them learn the letters of the alphabet which starts them off on a lifelong literacy adventure.

    Ms. Chris has worked in early childhood education for more than half her life and wouldn't trade it for anything!  She is really enjoying the new preschool curriculum and loves to enrich her science and literacy areas in her classroom.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, School Age Classroom

    My passion is working with school age children because of the challenge of keeping them interested in attending our center. I have a very active room where the kids never get bored!

    Ms. Kim has worked for KinderCare for many years in the school age program.  She plans many projects the revolve around a theme.  Some projects are long term and others are more simple .  The kids are very involved in all of the daily planning and organizing of the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kim previously worked at other childcare centers before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry and an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Gretchen

    Ms. Gretchen, School Age & Bus Driver

    I'm most happy when I am playing a game with my school agers or taking them to and from school!

    Gretchen has worked for KinderCare for almost 20 years and in that time has become a real pro at interacting with our school age children.  She loves helping them with everything from their homework to creating fun art projects.  Another very important aspect of Gretchen's day is transporting the children to and from school.  It takes a very calm and careful driver to manuever the roads with a bus full of children and Gretchen does it with ease.

    Year Started:
    8/8/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    School Age Credentials

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Special Features

  • KinderCare of Algonquin is currently working toward NAEYC accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Polish, Bulgarian,

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day & Friday following
Christmas Eve~close at 3pm
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We are a locked facility with a keypad entry. All of our staff are First Aid and CPR certified, as well as trained in Infant safe sleep and SIDS prevention. We have three large, fenced playgrounds with grassy areas as well as bike paths and play structures.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I have 2 children at this center.  We transfered from a different KinderCare when Ms Kris took over as the center director here.  Both boys have been attending KinderCare since they were 6 weeks old and they are now 5 and 8.  I wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world!  All of the staff and Ms Kris truly love my boys as if they were their own.  It isn't easy leaving your children and going off to work but I know that they are in the best possible hands to be nurtured, loved and educated everyday!!

- father

My daughter has been attending KinderCare of Algonquin for just about a year now.  This is an AWESOME center!  She can't wait to get there in the morning and is NEVER ready to leave in the evening!!  I am so glad that I chose this school for my daughter!!  Thank you to all of the staff and management for providing such a high quality early learning center.

- mother

I have 3 kids at this location and have been a KinderCare family for more than 3 years. My kids have grown not only physically but also socially and emotionally due to the hard work of all of their teachers.  I take great comfort in knowing that they spend their days with people who truly care about their well being.  Thank you for being our home away from home!!

- mother
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