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Constitution KinderCare

Myra Schaefer, Center Director

80 South Constitution Dr. Aurora IL 60506
(630) 906-6582 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Just minutes from I-88, near the intersection of Galena Blvd. and Orchard Rd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Freeman, Hall, Hill, Greenman, McCleery

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Welcome

Welcome to our Nationally Accredited KinderCare! Our door is always open to families who are looking for a stimulating and secure environment for their child to grow and develop in. We understand the amount of trust you are putting in our team and are dedicated to providing the love and respect necessary for your child to develop a strong sense of self. Our family of Child Development Educators are here to support and nuture your children as they discover the world around them. We look foward to having the opportunity to become part of their early educational years!

Myra Schaefer, 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.

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.

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. 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

We would like to welcome you to visit our KinderCare. We understand the importance of the trust our families place in us and ensure your child will receive the best possible care each day. Our team has over 150 years of experience working with young children. We are experts in preparing your child for success in school!

  • Myra Schaefer

    Myra Schaefer, Center Director

    I am so grateful that our families trust us with their most precious treasure - their children. Ensuring that each child in our care feels loved and respected every day they spend with us is my personal mission. The laughter I hear from the classrooms fills my heart with joy!

    Ms. Myra has enjoyed the roll of Center Director at Constitution KinderCare since 2012. She emphasizes a sense of family at the center, making sure that everybody who walks through our doors feels welcome. Myra takes pride in her innovative teaching team. She is consistent in pushing them to find new ways to actively engage the children. Myra is always available for her families to answer questions or concerns. She believes that she cannot maintain such a high quality facility without parent feedback. Myra welcomes you to come and visit any time you are available to find out how well KinderCare can meet your needs!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Myra taught in classrooms for eleven years prior to moving to a management position.
    Year Started:
    7/9/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Jodi

    Ms. Jodi, Assistant Director

    I love working with children! Their creativity and the way they view the world inspires me!

    Ms. Jodi joined the management team at Constitution KinderCare in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Roosevelt University. As one of the Assistant Directors at this location, Jodi enjoys partnering with the families as well as working with the children. She is very passionate about making sure everybody who walks through our door experiences a welcoming atmosphere. Jodi ensures there is constant support to the parents as well as our teachers to assist in building a strong foundation of learning for the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Jodi spent six years in the classrooms prior to moving to a management position.
    Year Started:
    10/13/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Third in Charge

    Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded. - Jess Lair

    Before joining KinderCare in 2012, Ms. Alyssa earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has held many positions within our company from working in the classrooms to being part of the management team. She is devoted to building long term relationships with the children and families, making it easy to create an environment that feels second to home. Whether it's rolling over or writing their name for the first time, Ms. Alyssa enjoys the excitement the children show when reaching new milestones.

    Previous Experience:
    Alyssa has previously worked as an Assitant Director as well as in classrooms ages six weeks to twelve years old.
    Year Started:
    5/29/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lois

    Ms. Lois, Infant Teacher

    Every child in my class is someone's whole world.

    Our Lead Infant Teacher, Ms. Lois, has been with KinderCare for over seventeen years. She sees huge importance in building rapport with the families at our center. Lois enjoys being a part of the infants early learning stages and watching them grow and develop into toddlers. Ms. Lois works to make sure the classroom is a warm and safe environment for babies and their parents. She understands that our families are leaving a piece of their heart with her and she ensures that the babies are treated with love and respect.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lois was a teacher in several preschool programs as well as running a home daycare while her children were small.
    Year Started:
    1/6/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jordyn

    Ms. Jordyn, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Jordyn joined KinderCare in 2015 excited to positively impact the children's early learning years. She is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education. Before joining our team, Jordyn worked as a before and after school teacher. We are very excited to have Jordyn on our team as she has a very fun and engaging personality!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jordyn worked as a before and after school teacher.
    Year Started:
    5/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Pursuing degree in Education
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Infant Teacher

    My joy is knowing my days are spent investing in the future through the lives of children.

    Ms. Teresa holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from DePaul University. She has been with KinderCare since 2007. Her busy Junior Toddler Classroom opens up experiences through Circle Time, Music & Movement, Art, and Gross Motor Play.  Ms. Teresa takes pride in knowing her students, ages 10 months to 15 months, are able to participate successfully in activities that will enhance their development. In her free time, she loves being with her son, going to church, dining out, reading, shopping for shoes and traveling.  Her biggest passion, however, is sports. She loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Teresa has worked with children for many years as a nanny, camp counselor and a Sunday school teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/29/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Toddler Teacher

    I love to watch the children in my care develop and grow. Seeing them laugh and smile each day is my favorite part of my job!

    Ms. Christine has been with KinderCare for over fourteen years. Holding the roll of Lead Teacher in our Toddler Classroom, she engages the children in ways that support their early development stages. Christine is sure to offer activities that provide hands on experiences. Above all, it is essential to Ms. Christine that her classroom is inviting and comfortable for the children. She truly appreciates the opportunity to be part of the children's lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christine was previously employed at a child care facility in Hawaii.
    Year Started:
    11/27/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Human Services
  • Ms. Lynda

    Ms. Lynda, ToddlerTeacher

    I love my job because I love to help children feel confident, special and happy while they are learning! My passion is to create a love for learning!

    Ms. Lynda has been a part of our KinderCare team since 2010. When she arrives each day, Ms. Lynda works to ensure the children have a positive and enriched learning environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lynda has been a Preschool teacher, Sunday school teacher and a Teacher Assistant in the school districts.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bacherlor's Degree in Journalism, Minor in Sociology
  • Ms. Alex

    Ms. Alex, Discoery Preschool Teacher

    If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme. - Jiminy Cricket

    Ms. Alex's passion is assisting young children in reaching their developmental milestones. Her energetic personality fits right in with out busy toddlers. You will find Ms. Alex on the children's level helping them explore their environment. In Ms. Alex's spare time, she enjoys golfing. She is also a huge fan of the University of Alabama.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Alex was a private nanny. She also spent time as a classroom assistant.
    Year Started:
    6/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Working towards Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Tari

    Ms. Tari, Preschool Teacher

    I strive to help children become self-sufficient and independent people.

    Ms. Tari has been a part of our KinderCare team for twenty-one years. Ms. Tari has held many roles at our center and is absolutely an asset to our school. Ms. Tari started her career as a cook and bus driver for the center. She discovered her natural talents involved working in the classrooms with the children and began going to school to fulfill this dream. Ms. Tari was a prekindergarten teacher for many years ensuring the readiness of her students to be successful in kindergarten. This easily transitioned into working with our Preschoolers. Ms. Tari makes sure she is emphasizing a variety of skills with her children to foster a life-long love of learning!

    Year Started:
    1/6/1992
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Deborah

    Ms. Deborah, School Age Teacher

    Everyone has the possibility to learn. It is a joy and challenge to help them achieve.

    Ms. Deborah has been with this center for seventeen years serving in many capacities.  She has been a teacher in multiple classrooms. Ms. Deborah brings with her not only an educational background of a certified elementary teacher, early childhood teacher and instructional media teacher but also skills learned through her life.  She shares the benefits of carpentry, gardening, photography, and sewing with children and staff a like.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Deborah has worked as a nursery school teacher, remedial reading teacher, teacher's aide and kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    6/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementry Education
  • Ms. Jyoti

    Ms. Jyoti, School Age Teacher

    A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.

    Ms. Jyoti has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual and ESL endorsement from Roosevelt University. Ms. Jyoti enjoys singing songs, reading books and playing puppets in the classroom. She strives to build a close bond with the children in her care to help meet the individual needs of our little ones. Ms. Jyoti believes children are curious, creative, and capable and that they learn from play. Play engages children's cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. Ms. Jyoti's goal is to help children build a foundation for lifelong learning and a continuing sense of wonder and discovery.  She strives to promote self-expression and exploration in a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jyoti worked with children to build the foundation necessary for success in both math and reading at a learning center.
    Year Started:
    12/9/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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 teachers have over 175 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field.
From nurturing your infant, to preparing your preschooler for elementary school, to providing camps and transportation for your school age child, we are here to meet and exceed your family's needs!

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC Accreditation

    NAC Accreditation

  • ExceleRate Gold Circle Of Quality

    ExceleRate Gold Circle Of Quality

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
July Fourth
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

 

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 have six foot security fences enclosing the full play-yard. Our staff is certified in First Aid and CPR. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site to ensure that fire and tornado drills are done monthly, certifications are up to date, as well as ensuring that we are 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.

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

My husband Shane and I cannot speak highly enough about the West Aurora KinderCare Center. The atmosphere is one that invites learning, and the staff is exceptional. Our daughter has thrived since she began attending the center, which has become her second home.

Sylvia was only four months old when we first brought her to KinderCare. We are first-time parents, and full-time teachers; this transistion was both exciting and terrifying. Leaving her in the care of strangers was unnerving. Even knowing that they are all highly qualified to care for her. We were a bit anxious, but hopeful that we had made the right choice in child care provider.
Now just over two years old, Sylivia has moved on from the Infant Classroom, passed the "Waddler" Classroom, completed her time with the Toddlers, and is currently blossoming into an independent and outgoing little girl in the Two's and Three's Classroom. Not only is she learning new things every day, she is also clearly happy to be there. This is evident through the hugs she gives the staff at morning drop-off, and those she gives on her way out each day. It is clear in the way she asks for her favorite teachers by name on the way to school, or says her classmates' names while pointing to characters in her favorite bedtime stories. All of these people have become her family, and are incredibly important to her.
The extraordinary staff have given Sylvia a safe environment in which to grow and develop, while facilitating and encouraging this growth. They have not only taught her academic skills (shapes, colors, etc.) They have also taught her right from wrong, and instilled in her manners and a sense of responsibility. I see this each day in her behaviors at home; thanks to the KinderCare staff, she is one easy going, polite little kid!
I am so grateful for the KinderCare staff, and all that they have done to help Sylivia to become the amazing little girl that she is today. They are an important part of who she is, and we could not be happier with what they do for her each and every day.
- Mother

I have been known to be hard to please so it says A LOT when I say I highly recommend this particular KinderCare. The staff are wonderful for many reasons. They are very attentive, patient with the parents and children, understanding, helpful and seem really concerned and interested in the children. They also treat your child as an individual, accepting them for who they and at whatever particular stage they are. They are very accommodating making sure to accommodate specials requests and situations. I am very satisfied!

- Mother

All three of my children have attended KinderCare centers since they were of age to do so. My experience at the KinderCare on Constitution has been exceptional. 

In the Infant classroom I never hesitated to leave my children with Ms. Lois as she created the perfect "home away from home" atmosphere. She gave the love and affection that my children needed while I was at work. Ms. Christine in the Toddler classroom was the perfect teacher to aid in the transition to the "school day schedule". Christine provided a great balance between the care giving and the learning aspect of their day. In the two-year-old classroom Ms. Claire has fostered a fun, music-filled classroom, where learning is not only evident in the classroom, but in the conversations that come home each day. Ms. Tari and Ms. Julie in the Preschool and Prekindergarten classrooms are the perfect combination to take the curriculum to the next level and assure that each child is ready for Kindergarten. 

My son has also participated in the Phonics program at the center and has made incredible strides in his writing and literacy comprehension. He has been able to read to me since before his fifth birthday. This is a testament to the program and all of the teachers who he has had the opportunity and privilege to learn from.
 
Overall, my experience has been a great one, from the teachers and management, to the friends my children have made. I can't imagine our lives without the experiences that they have had and those yet to come. I would recommend this center to anyone looking for care in the area.

- Mother
We began with KinderCare when our daughter was six weeks old and she has been there full time ever since. She is now two years old. We can't say how happy we have been with KinderCare and the Staff! The part that interested us the most was the curriculum that started in the Infant room. It was very important to us that our daughter was being taught on a daily basis and we can tell every day that she is learning new things. We also love the Discovery Preschool program in the two-year-old room and the optional music class. Even as a two year old, our daughter comes home and talks about what she did in "school" that day. I love that we get to take home the music from class and she can sing and dance to it during our "bedtime dance parties." We cannot recommend KinderCare enough. It has been great for our daughter and our family.
- Parent

This daycare center is amazingly wonderful! Everyone that works there is caring, kind and is always wearing a genuine smile. As soon as my child walks in, he is greeted each and every time by name in a welcoming manner. If he begins to fuss when I leave, his teacher will immediately make him feel calm and will hold him and gently guide him into the classroom. The center director, Myra Schaefer and Jodi Essick, the assistant center director are professional, organized, and committed to excellent customer service. The center is clean and well maintained. It's obvious why this center is so successful under their management. As a parent, the best feeling is to know that while I'm at work my son is being cared for by competent and compassionate people. I can't say enough great things about this center!

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