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Long Grove KinderCare

Jennifer Wilhelmi, Center Director

745 Long Grove Dr. Aurora IL 60504
(630) 820-0220 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Ogden Ave & Long Grove Dr behind 5th/3rd Bank

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
District (308) Homestead, Wolfs Crossing, Wheatland /District (204) McCarty, Reba O'Steck, Georgetown, Gombert /District (131) Allen

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Welcome to the Long Grove KinderCare in Aurora! We are looking forward to visiting with you and introducing you to our team of experts. We will be the "home-away-from-home" for your child and your family. With our family-friendly atmosphere, your child will feel the love and respect necessary to develop a strong sense of self. Here at KinderCare, our preschool programs are designed to prepare your child  for elementary school and beyond.  They will receive support from a team of child development educators with a passion for teaching and nurturing children. Our school is proud to serve the communities of Aurora, Naperville,and Oswego as well as other surrounding areas. Our buses allow us to provide transportation to many schools in the 204 School District, 131 School District and 308 School District. We look forward to the opportunity to become a part of your child's educational experience!

Jennifer Wilhelmi, Center Director

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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.

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.


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. 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. Saturday December 10, 2016
    1. Breakfast with Santa

      Please join us for some Holiday Fun!  Come and enjoy a yummy breakfast, and all the smiles and joy that a visit with Santa brings!  See you there! 

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers are passionate about the care and education of children. We have been a proud member of the Aurora community for over 25 years. Our team of teachers possess over 150 years of experience in the field of early childhood education; this experience provides children and families with the utmost knowledge, passion, and dedication towards your childs educational advancements available. Our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you, and welcoming you to our KindarCare family.

  • Jennifer Wilhelmi

    Jennifer Wilhelmi, Center Director

    The laughter I hear from the classrooms fills my heart with joy! I absolutely love being a part of a child's life, watching them grow, their personalities develop, celebrating milestones, and knowing that something that I have done has made a difference!

    Ms. Jennifer has been at the Long Grove KinderCare for sixteen years. In that time, she has emphasized a sense of family at the center, making sure that each new family enrolling at KinderCare feels welcome. Ms. Jennifer enjoys spending time in the classrooms with the children. She was a teacher for many years, so being an active presence in the classroom is so important to her. Ms Jennifer graduated from Waubonsee Community College, and Columbia College in Chicago where she majored in Early Childhood Development with an art emphasis. Ms Jennifer is always available for her families if they have any questions or concerns. Ms. Jennifer welcomes you to come and visit any time you are available to find out how well KinderCare can meet your needs!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer taught in the ECE classrooms for over six years at the center prior to moving to a management position. This gives her a unique perspective on the work being done in the classrooms and helps her staff know she understands what her team needs to be successful.
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Bachelors Degree
  • Erica Bollendorf

    Erica Bollendorf, Assistant Director

     Ms Erica joined the Long Grove KinderCare location in January of 2013.  She has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since 2004 serving in roles as Teacher and Assistant Director. She moved to this location when her children entered into public school.   Erica enjoys working with children and their families very much!  She loves to make a difference each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Erica joined the Long Grove KinderCare location in January of 2013. She has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since 2004 serving in roles as Teacher and Assistant Director. Erica enjoys working with children and their families each day.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Bachelor of Science in Theraputic Recreation with a minor in Special Education
  • Ms. Magnolia

    Ms. Magnolia, Infant Classroom

    I love my teaching position in with KinderCare, and every day is a different experience.

    Ms. Magnolia has been with the Long Grove KinderCare for 16 years as an infant classroom teacher. She has earned her Child Development Associate's credential through the Council of Professional Recognition. She enjoys working with the infants, as she gets to watch the children learn and grow through-out their whole first year of life.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Edith

    Ms. Edith, Toddler Classroom

    Going into my classroom everyday isn't a job, it is an a daily adventure!

    Ms. Edith started at the Long Grove center right out of high school. She has taken several college courses through-out her career and earned her Child Development Associate's credential from the Council of Professional Recognition. Working with children is her happiness. She enjoys being able to see things and experiences through the child's eyes, which she says, "is amazing." Helping the learning and grow is an honor, and she is thrilled to make a difference in a child life as they have made a difference in hers.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love that everyday brings a new experience for the children and myself.

    Ms. Julie has been with the Long Grove KinderCare since 1994. She has earned her Child Development Associate's credential from the Council for Professional Recgnition. She currently is attending Waubonsee Community College, taking courses in general studies. She enjoys seeing children smile when they have learned something new!

    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, Kindergarten

    I love coming to school everyday and getting ten little hugs to start my day. I get to be silly with the children and watch them grow and learn something new everyday.

    Ms. Brandy started working at KinderCare Learning Center in May of 2012. Previously, Ms. Brandy had spent seven years teaching Kindergarten in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She has earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ms. Brandy is passionate about creating a positve classroom enviroment where children are excited to come to school everyday. She uses her creative talent to enrich her classroom to get both parents and children excited about the curriculum and talking about their child is learning in Kindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brandy taught for seven years in Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kinja

    Ms. Kinja, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teaching children today helps our future tomorrow!

    Ms. Kinja has been with the Long Grove KinderCare since 2002. She earned her Child Development Associate's credential from the Council of Professional Recgnition in 2008. Ms. Kinja loves working in Prekindergarten because she loves to see the progression of learning that takes place throughout the year. She loves to see how prepared the children are for Kindergarten. Ms. Kinja likes the feeling and seeing the excitement from both the children and their parents when they realize how much they have learned!

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Roxana

    Ms. Roxana, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching children new skills so that they will be successful in the future!

    Ms. Roxana joined the Long Grove KinderCare in 2008. She currently teaches in the Prekindergarten classroom but can be found helping out through-out the center where she may be needed. She got her Associate's in Early Childhood Education in California, and began her teaching career in California, until she relocated to Illinois in 2008. Ms. Roxana loves to teach the children Spanish! With Ms. Roxana, they learn their colors, numbers, please, and thank-you's in Spanish and use it on a regular basis. She enjoys teaching them new words too!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Roxana worked in a preschool environment in Arbuckle, California.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Aracely

    Aracely, Toddlers

    The children make me smile everyday!

    Miss Aracely joined the Long Grove KinderCare in August of this year.  She is working on her Bachelor's degree in Edcation from North Central College.  Each day in the Toddler Classroom is a different day.  The children learn something new everyday and Aracely is proud to be a part of their day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    David's in Trouble
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Adriana

    Adriana, Discovery Preschool

    I love the classroom I am in because the children are so sweet!

    Ms Adriana joined the Long Grove KinderCare in September 2014 as a Discovery Preschool Teacher.  She loves to teacher our 2 year olds new skills and concepts each day! Adriana loves to see children gain their independence and begin to do things on their own.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Telisa

    Telisa, Preschool

    Children are just amazing!

    Ms Telisa has been in the Early Childhood field for over 5 years and joined the Long Grove KinderCare in June of 2014.  The children learn a great deal durning the preschool age,   Telisa loves teachering the children and watching them apply and mater new skills.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Assoicate's Degree in Early Childhood
  • Wendy

    Wendy, Preschool

    I love working working in the Preschool Classroom because they are always so eager to learn and are very curious.

    Ms Wendy joined the Long Grove KinderCare Family in October of 2014 after working in the local school district for several years.  She loves working with the younger children because they have such excitement for learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Red Ripe Strawberry
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

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. Saturday December 10, 2016
    1. Breakfast with Santa

      Please join us for some Holiday Fun!  Come and enjoy a yummy breakfast, and all the smiles and joy that a visit with Santa brings!  See you there! 

  3. 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 Accredited!

    NAEYC Accredited!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

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

At KinderCare Learning Centers, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. We have a Health-and-Safety Coordinator on site to ensure that fire and tornado drills are done monthly, first aid and CPR certifications are up to date, as well as maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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.

My son and daughter have attended KinderCare for four-and-a-half years. They have developed wonderful friendships. I have enjoyed seeing all the children grow over the years, and I like when my kids' friends greet me with "Hi" or one of them sees me and says "Hey! Your mom is here." But I really like how the teachers get to know the children as individuals. They understand their personalities and they talk to them and listen to them. The staff is so warm and friendly.

- Mother

Whenever I drop my daughter off at the Long Grove KinderCare, it is such a joy and relief to know that she will be treated like family. The staff know her so well, her classroom teachers are exceptional, and she has benefited greatly from her enrichment programs. My husband and I have always appreciated how understanding and flexible their management staff members have been when it come to schedule changes. We love how special dinners and events help get our entire family involved in the center, like Parents' Night Out, which we especially enjoy!

- Mother

Long Grove KinderCare has become a second family for my children. I know that when I drop them off they will be fed, have play time, and receive some instruction. Most importantly, I know they will be loved, hugged and nurtured. You can find newer, fancier centers by a variety of providers but you will not find the love anywhere else.

- Mother

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