Ashley Holupko, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
We are here for you through every walk of life. From 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Your children will have a family both at home and at our center. Your life's challenges will be our opportunity to grow with you, and your family will always have someone they can rely on. We know life can be unpredictable, let us be your constant!
Ashley Holupko, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?
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.
Here at KinderCare we pride ourselves on the meaningful moments that are created between our staff and your family everyday. Our goal is to provide you with an environment that makes you feel comfortable and positive about the steps you are taking for your child's future. As you explore the benefits of being a member of our family please take a moment to meet our fantastic team of teachers!
A graduate from Erikson Institute, Ashley has her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development, specializing in Administration. She grew up in Upstate New York and currently lives in downtown Chicago. Ashley is excited to be a part of the KinderCare team. Her plans are to continue successful growth within our center and community, while building positive rapport with her families and staff.
Ms. Nina has a joy and passion when it comes to playing and interacting with children. She is always engaged and enthusiastic about each child's accomplishments. Ms. Nina finds new ways to bring in different experiences each day! Ms. Nina is also a graduate from Aurora University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Teaching Certificate, a mother to a son in High School and an avid fan of all things geek related.
Ms. Heather went to Northern Illinois for Public Health. She enjoys being with the children and helping them learn new and exciting things. She has a smile that keeps all our children happy. Ms. Heather loves Country Music, she loves to cook and is a fantastic artist.
Ms. Zaria likes to bring joy to her classroom on a daily basis. Her bubbly personality allows the children to feel comforted, loved, and excited about their daily activities. Aside from working in the classroom, Zaria also runs our Learning Adventures program.
Ms. Diana loves working with children and is a mother to one girl and two boys. She says they keep her very busy. Most of her time she enjoys spending her time with her family, and doing fun stuff with her children. She recently recieved her CDA in Early Childhood, and on any given day you can hear her singing songs to her children in the infant room.
Ms. Maira has a dedication working with children that began at a young age, taking care of many of her cousins. She really relishes in taking care of children and helping them reach their full educational potential. She is currently working on her Elementary Education Degree through Aurora University.
Ms. Maria has been working at the Fox Valley KinderCare since it's doors opened in 2000. She is married with four adult children and two grandchildren. Ms. Maria loves working with the Infants because they learn something from every activity and every conversation all day long. Her favorite thing to do with the children is to read stories and sing silly songs.
Ms. Anna has been at the center since June 2012. Ms. Anna spends her time watching old movies, listening to classic rock and loves a good book. Ms. Anna comes from a large family and is the youngest of four siblings. In her spare time, Ms. Anna loves spending time with her nephew. Ms. Anna's favorite part about working with the children is the humor they bring to each day.
Maria comes to us from another KinderCare in Aurora and has been working with the Infants and Toddlers for 15 years. She lives in Aurora with her husband and two children, and loves to spend time with her family.
Ms. Arcelia is one of our loving teachers in our Discovery Preschool classroom. With having years of experience with children, Ms. Arcelia knows the importance of providing a safe and nuturing environment for every child that is in her care.
Ms. Theresa has many years of experience working in the Early Childhood fiel. She provides the children with a nuturing environment as well as greeting each child with a smiling face on a daily basis.
Having worked in the field for many years Ms. Beatriz is an expert in the field. Being a dual language speaker Ms. Beatriz makes many of the children comfortable with speaking their home langauge. Working directly with the parents she provides wonderful expereinces for children to help their growth.
Ms. Syeda is a very compassionate Private Kindergarten teacher at our center. Her loving personality allows each child to feel comforted in her classroom. Ms. Syeda provides a great learning experience to each child that enters her classroom. Aside from providing care to children at our center, Ms. Syeda also has four loving children in her own home.
Ms. Ally has joined us to get more experience working with children, because she eventually would like to become an Elementary Education Teacher. Ms. Ally went to Oswego High School and attended an Early Childhood Preschool Program working with preschool class, and was also a Teacher's Aide at the Hunt Club Elementary. If you don't see her playing with our school agers, you can catch her playing either on the 3rd base, 2nd base or outfield with the Wheatland Spikes Softball Team.
Mr. Christian is an excellent teacher with over ten years of experience working with children. Every day he shows up with a positive demeanor and holds each child to a high standard. He uses an unique combination of creativity, discipline, and drive to keep the children engaged throughout the day. Mr. Christian went to Lewis University. He is a published author and recently began working as a behavior therapist.
Ms. Donna is our amazing chef. While working in the kitchen, Ms. Donna is always coming up with fun new ideas and recipes for the children. She also teaches our cooking class on Thursdays!
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.
School is in full swing and before you know it, Winter Break will be here. We know that finding a place for your child to spend that time off can be difficult a decision. Let us at the Fox Valley KinderCare help you to ease your mind. Stop by today and reserve your spot with us.
Our number one goal at the Fox Valley KinderCare is to prepare your child for their educational success. Starting with infancy, we will help your child hit those important milestones, building the foundation for your future school aged student. Each classroom offers a unique and engaging curriculum, and throughout the year, your family will be presented with three opportunities to sit and have one-on-one conferences that allow us to determine the unique needs of each child and how best to meet their individual needs. Please join us to ensure that your child receives the best opportunity for a spectacular school year.
We at the Fox Valley KinderCare are devoted to the needs of your family. We are proud of the care we provide, the excellence that we hold accountable and the fully qualified staff with training through the Gateways to Opportunities organization. As soon as you visit our center, you will know that your family has found your home away from home!
Please call us any time to set up a tour!! We are always ready for our family to grow!
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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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