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S Arlington Heights KinderCare

Jaimee Rygel, Center Director

1003 South Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights IL 60005
(847) 593-7510 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Forest View, Juliette Low, Robert Frost, Kimball Hill, Central Road, Westbrook.

We are now enrolling in our toddler, preschool and prekindergarten classrooms!


Welcome to the South Arlington Heights KinderCare. We are a nationally accredited program and a leader in the field of early childhood education. We are passionate about teaching, and work closely with our families to provide individualized care for each of our students. Our teachers provide instruction, support, and encouragement to help each student develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our school offers preschool programs for children ages two to five years old, infant and toddler programs, and before and after school programs for children attending Central Road, Kimball Hill, Juliette Low, Robert Frost, and Forest View elementary school. We would love to share more about our programs with you, and would love for you to visit our school. We look forward to speaking with you!

Jaimee Rygel, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.


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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

At the South Arlington Heights KinderCare, we believe our teachers and staff make the difference. The majority of our teachers have completed a Child Development Associate, a Bachelor's Degree, or a Master's Degree. Continuing education for our teachers is an important part of ensuring our students receive the best education. Many of our teachers are enrolled in additional college coursework, and all of our teachers attend additional training and development each year. KinderCare devotes more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider. Twice a year we host the largest early childhood teacher training program in the country. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's potential and are sensitive to your child's individual needs.

  • Jaimee Rygel

    Jaimee Rygel, Center Director

    Jaimee Rygel started with KinderCare in 1997. In her time with KinderCare, she has worked in many roles including Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Assistant Director, and Center Director. In her current role as Center Director, Jaimee supports and encourages the development of her teachers. She believes that the continuing education and training of our teachers is essential in enabling us provide the highest quality of education for our students. Jaimee strives to further develop herself as well. She completed her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Program Administration. Outside of KinderCare, Jaimee and her husband of nine years are dedicated to raising their four-year-old son and one-year-old twin daughters. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Administration
  • Pamela Mayer

    Pamela Mayer, Assistant Director

    Pamela Mayer has been working with children for over 15 years and has been employed by KinderCare since June of 1998. She began as an assistant teacher working in the toddler classroom, and has since moved up to fill the roles of teacher, and then Assistant Director in 2002. Pam has her Associate's Degree in Applied Science from William Rainey Harper College, which she received in May of 2002. She also has completed a certificate program in assisting children with special needs, and is currently enrolled in coursework related to Early Childhood Administration. It has always been her passion to work with young children and educate them. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, making crafts, and spending time with her 2 year old son, 2 month old son, and her husband.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Sarina

    Sarina, Infant Nursery

    A person's a person, no matter how small"-Dr Seuss

    Sarina has worked for KinderCare since 2012. She has a three-year-old son and a dog named Snoopy. Sarina works hard to develop close relationships with each and every family in her class. With Sarina, the lines of communication are always open. She loves partnering with families to learn new things about the children in her class and helping her students reach their developmental milestones.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Waddlers

    I love knowing that I'm making a difference in each one of my kids. I love to hear them start talking and begin putting words together. That inspires me to do more each and every day.

    Ms. Maria has been part of the KinderCare team since 2005, and has been working in our Waddler classroom. She has been in this field for the past 13 years working with children ages 2 and up. She really enjoys working with the waddlers and teaching them something new every day. She is very outgoing, and extremely organized in the classroom! Ms. Maria teaches a variety of things like sitting at a table and eating with a spoon, sleeping on cots for the first time, matching, colors, sensory activities, recognizing and naming different pictures and much more, to prepare them for the next classroom!

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Toddlers

    If you open your eyes and your heart, you can learn something new every day...even from a toddler.

    Ms. Shannon is a wife, mother of one daughter and is from Chicago, IL. In 2003, she moved to Arlington Heights and in 2005 she joined the KinderCare team. She is currently enrolled in classes to obtain her Assicates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and holds a Child Development Associates as well. Ms. Shannon not only teachers her toddlers colors and shapes, she also teaches them ownership, pride and confidence.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Gracie

    Ms. Gracie, Nursery

    I love making a difference in a child's life. It brings me great happiness.

    Ms. Gracie is very passionate about her work, especially when it comes to providing the best care and eduction for the children in her class. She loves getting to know the children in her classroom and helping them learn new things. She looks forward to the children's acomplishments as they grow and is excited to watch them transition to preschool!

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Preschool

    I love seeing the joy in a child's face after they've mastered a new skill and I feel so proud knowing that I helped!

    Ms. Stephanie has been with KinderCare for 4 years. She is married and has 3 children who attend the center with her! She graduated from Kaplan University in 2011 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards finishing another degree in Early Childhood Administration. Ms. Stephanie loves baking with her class and giving her students the opportunity to try new things.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, Prekindergarten

    Everyday, I am blessed with smiling faces when I walk into the classroom. Teaching is a dream, and a passion that fills my heart with joy!

    Ms. Heidi prepares her students for a life-long adventure in learning. Through math and literacy activities, her students are prepared with simple addition, subtraction and reading skills that will carry them into kindergarten. With support and guidance, Ms. Heidi builds confidence and self-esteem in her students and teaches them to make life-long friends.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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

  • Spanish
  • Bulgarian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The South Arlington Heights KinderCare has a secure, keyless entry system, fenced in playground and all of the teachers and staff in our school are First Aid and CPR certified.

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

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

My daughter has been going to this KinderCare Center since she was 22 months old. I was nervous about leaving her with people I did not know, as most parents are. I can honestly say I have never been more satisfied with the decision that I made. The Center Director, Assistant Director, and teachers have been wonderful. I have also gotten to know the directors and the teachers on a personal and professional basis which makes me more comfortable leaving my daughter with them. I have watched my daughter grow with the assistance of each teacher. She is going to be five and is trying to read, and is speaking in Spanish and English as well. I enjoy hearing the stories about what she has learned and how her day has been.

- Parent

I can't say enough about the love and care my son received as an infant and toddler, or how much he has learned in the two year old preschool class. Katerina and Sabrina understand perfectly who he is, and know just how special he is. They encourage his creativity and his love for storytelling, and Ms Katerina has even gone out of her way to share storytelling websites and resources she thinks he will like. They keep an open line of communication and ensure that each day I go home knowing something special my son did that day. At the end of the day, all I really want is for everyone to see how amazing he is, and the teachers and staff at KinderCare do just that. I cannot imagine a better group of teachers, and for that I thank them.

- Father

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