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North Arlington Hts KinderCare

Jackie Pericolosi, Center Director

1320 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights IL 60004
(847) 255-7335 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"South of Palatine Rd. north of Euclid." across from Thomas Jr. High

Neighborhood:
Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Wheeling

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Olive, Greenbrier, Ivy Hill, Patton, Westgate, Eisenhower, and Windsor

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Welcome

We are a Nationally Accredited Preschool Program through NAEYC with our Gold Circle of Quality whose goals revolve around providing excellent care for children by supporting their growth and education. We work with each and every family to maintain individualized care that focuses on the whole child from infancy all the way through the age of 12. Our school provides Preschool for children ages two to five and offer small group, tutorial classes in phonics, math, cooking and music. We also have a Full Day Private Kindergarten Program, as well as providing wrap around care for the local schools; Olive, Patton, Westgate, Windsor, Ivy Hill, Riley and Eisenhower Elementary School. We take pride in serving Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove and Prospect Heights. We also have a fun filled Summer Camp Program for ages two to twelve years of age, with a pool for kids from four to twelve years of age can swim. We also offer swim lessons separately from the every day swimming.
 
Thank you for visiting our school web page. If you have any additional questions, or would like to schedule a tour please do not hesitate to contact us here at 847.255.7335 or by direct email at 070457@klcorp.com. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

Jackie Pericolosi, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Movie: Nut Job

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Swimming

Teachers & Staff

We are very proud to say that our teachers have over 150 years of combined experience in education. All of our Lead Teachers have their Bachelor's or Associate's Degrees. Our teachers work as a seamless team in order to provide all of our families with consistent care and education.

  • Jackie Pericolosi

    Jackie Pericolosi, Center Director

    Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul. -- Friedrich Froebel ('Father' of Kindergarten)

    Jackie has been with KinderCare since May 2001. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Soon after starting with KinderCare, she had the desire to be in management. In 2003, Jackie transferred to one of the Palatine locations as the Assistant Director and then in May of 2005 she became the Center Director at Arlington Heights. She loves seeing the children daily and watching them grow and develop. Jackie's goal as the Center Director is to create a partnership with each and every family, provide quality curriculum, and ensure that you receive exceptional service. It is truly a pleasure to serve all of the families and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Jackie has previous experience as an Assistant Director, School Age teacher and camp lead.
    Year Started:
    5/30/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Alissa Kuhlman

    Alissa Kuhlman, Assistant Director

    A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was. The sort of house I lived in. Or the kind of car I drove. . . But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a CHILD!

    Alissa has been with KinderCare since January 1995. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree from Central College in Pella, IA. She has her Elementary Education Degree with Early Childhood credentials. Alissa later moved up as the Assistant Director and then to Director at that location. In August of 2005, she transferred to the Mundelein location as the Private Kindergarten teacher for a year. Alissa then stepped back up into management as the Director of the Mundelein location. When she returned from maternity leave in September 2010, she became the Director in Training at the Arlington Heights location. Alissa's goal is to provide strong communication, trust and a safe and healthy learning environment for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Alissa has previous experience as a Private Kindergarten teacher, Assistant Director, Director in Training, Director
    Year Started:
    1/3/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Aimee

    Miss Aimee, Infant Teacher

    To teach is to touch a life forever

     Aimee has been with KinderCare since August of 2010. She enjoys teaching because of all the excitement children bring to every new experience!  Aimee received her CDA in Early Childhood Education in 2014 and currently is attending Rasmussen College working towards completing her associates degree in Early Childhood Education.  Aimee has a daughter, Jamee, whom she spends time with outside of work playing outdoors and swimming.  She looks forward to working with all children in her care.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Early Childhood Education Certification
  • Miss Danielle

    Miss Danielle, Toddler Teacher

    Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn" -Benjamin Franklin

    Danielle has been working for KinderCare for a number of years since 2005.  She has worked as the lead teacher in both the pre kindergarten and infant program.  Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and is a published short story writer.  Danielle loves helping the little minds of the world grow and expand their knowledge through hands-on projects-the messier the better!  She enjoys painting, old books and walking her dog, Lucy.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Ashlie

    Ms. Ashlie, Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Ashlie began working at KinderCare in 2001.  She also worked as a nanny for 5 years.  She has completed her CDA in the infant and toddler program. Miss Ashlie lives in Waucanda with her husband, Erik and son, Dawson. She looks forward to working with you and your children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kathleen, Toddler/Discovery Preschool Teacher

    Children make my life important!

    Kathleen has been working with preschool aged children since 1994.  She currently works at Buffalo Grove Park District in the morning with preschool and has been teaching in our afternoon program since August of 2012.  Kathleen attended both National Louis University and Harper College in Early Childhood Education.  She lives in Arlington Heights and is a proud mom to her son Michael.  They have a dog named Abby.  Kathleen enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends during her free time.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Kathie

    Ms. Kathie, Preschool Teacher

    Kathie has worked for KinderCare since 2000, but has been working with young children since 1998. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree. Kathie lives in Niles along with her husband, Mike and son, Logan. She also has two older children, Tad and Heather. Kathie spends most of her free time as a hockey mom and singing in her church choir.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhod Education
  • Ms. Mina

    Ms. Mina, Preschool Teacher

    Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." -Anonymous

    Mina has been working for KinderCare since 2000. She has her Early Childhood Degree from Harper College, and currently taking classes in ECE to keep up with the forefront of teaching young children. Mina also has experience as an elementary school nurse.  She enjoys teaching children and also building their confidence.  She looks forward to watching children grow and develop throughout their time in her class.  She enjoys spending time with her children, husband and cat.  She loves the outdoors and enjoys going on walks outdoors and bike riding with her family.

    Year Started:
    11/1/1999
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Irene

    Ms. Irene, Pre kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Irene has been with KinderCare since November 2006. She was very excited to have received the Pride Award in February 2007. Ms. Irene truly enjoys every moment with children daily. She prides herself on giving them the best love, care, and education in a safe, healthy, and loving environment.

    Year Started:
    10/2/2006
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
  • Ms. Janet M, Pre kindergarten Teacher

    Janet has worked with young children for many years in many different capacities.  She is very happy that she joined KinderCare.  Janet believes in KinderCare's mission to create an opportunity that will nurture the child’s individual development and reinforce the strengths and opportunities available in group experiences.  She has her Bachelors of Art degrees with a major in Early Education from Northeastern Illinois University. She is married and has a son that she loves to watch compete in soccer.  She also likes to read, crochet, knit and garden in her spare time.
     
     

    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Miss Tina

    Miss Tina, Kindergarten Teacher, Camp Director

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." -Brad Henry

    Tina has been working for KinderCare since 1997. She has worked as a teacher in all ages and also part of management since 2002. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.  Currently she is working towards completing her Masters Degree.  Tina is the private kindergarten teacher at KinderCare.  During the summer months she runs the School Age Summer Camp program.  She loves seeing the excitement in a child’s eye when they have learned something new.  Tina serves on the state board of a Masonic youth group.  She enjoys traveling and taking pictures in her spare time.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1997
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Gladys

    Ms. Gladys, School Age Teacher, Camp Counselor

    Gladys has been working for KinderCare since March of 2003. During the school year she works with behavioral children at Minor School in Arlington Heights and is at KinderCare part time. During the summer months Gladys helps run the School-age camp alongside Tina. The most rewarding part for her is when the children have learned something new and have accomplished the goals she has set for them.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Breanna, Preschool/Pre k/School Age Teacher

    It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.

    Breanna started in June of 2015.  She has her bachelor's degree in Social Services from Aurora University.  She was a girl scout leader for her daughter's Daisy Troop for St. Raymond School for 2 years.  She loved volunteering as a Junior Great Books lead at her children's school in the library as well as assiting with class outings and field trips.  Breanna is interested in pursuing her license to teach pre kindergarten through second grade.  She enjoys working with children of all ages.  Outside of work she loves to read, go to the beach, camp, ski, site see and spend time with friends and family.  She is married to her husband, Pete and they have three children; Peter, Sarah and Kailie.  They have a Maltese mixed dog named Gracie.

    Year Started:
    6/8/2015

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Movie: Nut Job

  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Swimming

    2. Mr. Ripley

  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Kohl's Museum

  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Swimming

  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

    2. Buffalo Spray Park

  6. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Swimming

  7. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Museum of Science and Industry

      We will be taking a big yellow bus to go to the city.  We will have a sack lunch for them there!  We are so excited to show them a piece of Chicago.

  8. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Swimming

  9. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. California Pizza Kitchen Tour and Lunch

  10. Sunday August 16, 2015
    1. Happy Birthday Miss Jodi

  11. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Play at the Park

  12. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Swimming

  13. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Dino Experience

    2. Dino In-House Activity

  14. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Swimming

  15. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Ice Cream Day

    2. Soccer City

  16. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Stretch and Grow

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

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, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Health and Safety is very important at our center. We have a secure keypad entry on our front. Our larger than average playground is 100% fenced and our outdoor equipment is properly maintained. Our teachers have all been trained in Infant/Adolescent CPR as well as First Aid. Our center also has a private pool with its own fenced entry, we employ a full time lifeguard all summer long and offer private swim lessons for our prekindergarten to school age children.

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.

Ideally, most parents wish they could be with their children at home during the formative years.  However for some, like our family, childcare is necessary due to work and other commitments. KIndercare has been our childcare provider for the past 3 years.  We enrolled after our 3rd child was born.  He began in the infant room and has progressed through to the preschool program.  Our older children have experienced the Pre-K, Kindergarten, School-Age, and Summer Camp programs at the North Arlington Heights Kindercare.
 
We are very impressed with the site and program.  The teachers, directors and staff have been attentive to our children and family’s needs. The center is clean and well maintained.  We can tell that care is taken of the environment like it’s a home.  The space is inviting and the atmosphere is conducive to learning and playing.  We never worry for our children’s safety; we feel confident in the processes in place to ensure safety at the site.  In addition, as with most young families, schedules are ever-changing.  We are so grateful for the flexibility that is available to us when a change in our schedule occurs. 
 
Through each stage of our children’s growth and development, appropriate learning has been provided at Kindercare.  Our older children are now in elementary school and it is evident they received a firm foundation in learning at Kindercare.  They were ready for school, academically and socially. 
 
 
 

- Mom

I want to thank you for what a positive influence your Kindercare center and your teachers have been to our family. My children come home so happy and excited to share what they have learned that day. Their teachers not only provide to them the love and care they need, but also inspire them to want to learn and explore new things. I am amazed with the amount of different creative activities, crafts, work sheets, and learning material they are exposed too.
Your teachers have been such supportive role models in our family’s lives. Thank you for providing us a wonderful place to bring our children every day.
 
 

- Mom

I would highly recommend KinderCare in North Arlington Heights. Both of my children have been attending full time there. One started in 2012 when she was 2 and the other started in the infant room half a year ago. We saw quite a few day care centers prior to selecting this one for our family, including other KinderCare centers in the area. We have been very happy with the attention our children receive, with the warm care of the teachers and the openness in terms of communication and feedback of both the teachers and the management of the center. Our children also feel very comfortable and at home there. And I see the progress of my children's learning on a daily basis. My older daughter is so inspired by the teachers there that she's been saying that she wants to become a teacher one day too.
 
 

- Parent

My family and I are from out of the country, Asia. Initially my son, a toddler, use to go to a different daycare where they had not been speaking English mostly. So he had issues communicating and he hardly expressed himself. He always played on his own mostly. It was worrying us as his parents so we made the positive change in his and our life, Kindercare! Teachers are loving and caring. When the change made him sad and picky about food, teachers helped so much that he has started to eat and communicate much better. He loves to go to school. He is learning so many things. He is becoming very independent too!  Very friendly and well organized.
Great job and thank you Kindercare!
 

- Mother

Like any new parents the initial anxiety of leaving our babies with strangers was agonizing. But when we interviewed possible day cares and found KinderCare we knew we had found the right place. KinderCare has always been able to guide us through those hard days and given us immense peace of mind that our kids are not only safe and cared for, they are learning and happy and having tons of fun during the day.
They have the day-to-day in-class activities, loving but also very-focused teachers and great extracurricular options. (It is hard to narrow down, but the boys’ favorites so far have been cooking class, science, phonics and summer swimming!) With such good friends, great teachers and so much to do, our boys are excited to go to daycare and I often find myself jealous of the days KinderCare designs for them, especially in the summer when the field trips are engaging and plentiful. We especially love how the rooms, activities and field trips are customized for the kids’ ages and levels of development.
Our oldest boy has been with KinderCare since he was three months old and now has just started Kindergarten. He is so much more prepared than he would ever have been without KinderCare’s fun curriculum – not only on his ABC’s but on how to focus in a group and enjoy learning new things.
Now as our oldest is starting this new phase, graduating from daycare to Kindergarten, we are finding new comfort (and serious convenience) in having the KinderCare teachers he has always known be the ones picking him up from Kindergarten on their own buses so we know he is personally looked after and will make it safely back for us to gather him and his brother up after our work day is done.
I look back now at my fear of letting “strangers” take care of my new babies when we had to go back to work and I marvel to think of how much they would have missed out on if we hadn’t found KinderCare.
Thank you so much for the amazing care and great start in my boys’ lives!

- Mother

I am a mother of three children ages four, two and five months. Currently all three are enrolled at the North Arlington Heights KinderCare.
I have been very impressed with what the KinderCare program has been able to provide for my children. When my oldest was born and I had to return to work, I really wanted a nanny to care for my child but we were unable to afford it. After researching many options we chose KinderCare. I was quickly impressed by all the different activities the children do in the Infant and Toddler rooms. Sensory activities, art and craft projects, all of which I had read are great for stimulating brain development at that age. In addition I saw social skills starting to develop right away. All of that coupled with the excellent care that was provided for my child had me quickly conclude that this was a better care solution for our child and our particular situation than a nanny.
As our family has grown we have continuously weighed the benefits our children get being at KinderCare against other daycare options. We have repeatedly concluded that this is the best place for them. Even if I could stay at home I wouldn't choose that option because there is no way that I could provide all three children with the unique learning experiences that they are receiving at KinderCare.
It is so much more than just daycare for our children. It has some aspects of a school, which is great for transitioning them to real school, but at the same time it has an environment that is warm, loving and fun.
I have been very impressed with how much my children have been able to pick up on in math, reading, art and especially science. It is wonderful to pick them up at the end of the day and have them bursting to tell you everything they know about the solar system or show you the art masterpieces that they created.
My two older children learn in very different ways yet they both thrive here. Every day they both learn new things and get to explore their own special talents. I think the reason they can be such different learners yet both be so comfortable in the same place has to do with the class structure. Although academics are taught here there is a large part of each day focused on the child and their development as a person. Every class has teachers that really get to know the kids (all of the kids, not just mine), their strengths and weaknesses and even their quirks. It is a very loving environment. These are the types of teachers that know how to make "owies" all better.
Even in the Infant room the teachers are able to "figure out" each kid and learn their personalities and temperament. For example, they know which babies my five month old likes to play next to and they know that every day at around 5:00 he just wants to be held, it's just his thing.
I have found that KinderCare does a good job of keeping the children challenged. They make an effort to keep children amongst other children of the same skill level, both in terms of their physical and mental development. Although age is a factor they don't group their classes by this factor alone.
The parent feedback is great as well. The daily sheets list the activities the child did that day which is nice. The best part is the photos. There are so many photos and they are wonderful. It's one thing to read about what your child did that day but it is so much better to see it! In the pictures you can see your child interacting with others and their expressions while doing the activities, things that cannot really be described in words. The teachers print a lot of pictures and always have them posted up or in the child's cubby to take home. It must take a lot of time to take and print that many pictures but it makes quite a difference! They also hold parent teacher conferences for all ages and keep a folder for each child filled with all of their art projects, academic work and photos.
Overall, I would say this is a fantastic option for child care. For us the benefits are the warm atmosphere, the outstanding academics, the friendships that our children have found and the smiles on our children's faces when we drop them off and they run to greet their teachers.

- Mother
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