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Brewster Creek KinderCare

Amanda Heinz, Center Director

795 South Route 59 Bartlett IL 60103
(630) 289-0499 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
behind McDonald's in the Brewster Creek Shopping Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Nature Ridge, Liberty, Bartlett, Centennial, Prairie View, Sycamore Trail, Norton Creek, Heritage, Horizon, Wayne.

We have been proudly educating children in the Bartlett, Streamwood and Hanover Park areas for over 20 years! We are now enrolling in all classrooms! Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our high quality NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited childcare program! Leaving your child in the hands of other people can often be a challenging and difficult experience. Our job is to provide you with outstanding childcare and educational programming so you leave our center each day with confidence knowing your child is in the best hands. If you are looking for the best possible environment for your child, you have come to the right place!

Amanda Heinz, 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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Brewster Creek KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associate's credential (CDA) or Bachelor's Degree in the education field. The Brewster Creek KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Amanda Heinz

    Amanda Heinz, Center Director

    My role as Center Director is to build a strong relationship with families to ensure that we can work together with the teachers to provide the best care and education for the children. Being able to gain the trust of families to care for and advocate for their children is very important in my career. I want my center to be a place where children will receive not only a quality education, but be able to feel at home while they are here.

    Amanda has her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and is currently working on her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University. She has been in the education field for 10 years in many different roles. However, she has found her home here as Center Director. She also has a family with two children of her own, both of whom spend their days at KinderCare also. She loves being able to bring the knowledge from both of those experiences to the center each day. Amanda believes that the first five years of a child’s life is a very crucial time for education to be taught. This will help lay a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and give them the tools to succeed as adults. She enjoys watching children grow from infancy to school age because she gets to see them develop into who they will become as an adult as well as play an important part in that process. Amanda also loves working with such a great team of teachers and enjoys developing their careers as well.

    Year Started:
    8/2/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Angela Scott

    Angela Scott, Assistant Director

    I enjoy my role as Assistant Director because I get the chance to form strong relationships with the children, families and staff. I love watching the children grow and develop into young adults and feel privileged to be able to provide them with a loving and nurturing environment.

    Angela began her career in child care in 2004 as a lead Preschool teacher. She has since been a lead teacher in Prekindergarten classrooms as well as Private Kindergarten. Angela began her career with KinderCare in 2013. She has her Bachelor's of Science degree in Child Development from Northern Illinois University and plans to work towards her Master's Degree in Child and Family Studies in the near future. Angela enjoys working in the child care field because she recognizes that we are the first step in a child's educational future.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Infant Classroom

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

    Ms. Casey started with KinderCare in January of 2015 as a co-teacher in our infant room. She is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree in ECE and has completed her Associates in Liberal Arts at Elgin Community College. Casey likes to spend one on one time with each child and help them hit developmental milestones. She loves to see when they start walking, saying syllables and eventually works. She also loves group time to be able to get all the children interacting together!

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher in a 3-5 year old classroom as well as 6 weeks-15 months old.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associates in Liberal Arts
  • Ms. Shehnaz

    Ms. Shehnaz, Infant Classroom

    I love their innocent hugs and beautiful smiles! I also love the challenge of teaching them something new each day!

    Starting in 1988, Ms. Shehnaz started working at Elgin Community College in their infant classroom. Ever since then, she has worked with infants and could not imagine working with any other age group. She loves teaching them each and every day and also learning through them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shehnaz has previous experience working in the infant room at Elgin Community College.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Terese

    Ms. Terese, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Terese has worked in the Infant Classroom since she started working for KinderCare. She has helped out in other classrooms when needed but her heart belongs with infants. She loves this classroom because she gets to see children experience things for the very first time, from taking their first step, to saying their first words. They come in as infants, completely dependent upon adults for their every need, and leave as little toddlers walking, talking and sitting at a table with their peers for meals. She feels her classroom and this age proves to be the most rewarding and is privileged to be a part of it all.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2004
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Robin

    Ms. Robin, Toddler Classroom

    I am passionate about enriching the lives of children. There is no better feeling than watching them develop and grow and knowing that I was a part of it.

    Ms. Robin joined the KinderCare family in 2007 as an Infant/ Toddler teacher. She majored in Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois University. While raising her two children, she became a dedicated Teacher's Assistant and Girl Scout Leader. When her children were grown, Ms. Robin decided to bring her love of working with young children and creativity to KinderCare. In her current role as Toddler Lead Teacher, Ms. Robin guides her students in learning the simple self-help skills and language, which allow them to gain independence and confidence. She encourages her students to explore through art and sensory activities, stimulating their imagination and making learning fun.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Discovery Preschool

    I love coming to work every day and seeing the big smiles on the children's faces!

    Heather has been working at KinderCare since September 2014. She has taken classes in Elementary education and Child Psychology. She is currently enrolled in the Child Development Associate program in early childhood classes. Some unique things that Ms. Heather does in her classroom are the activity "Who Is Here Today" and they practice spelling their name each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heather worked at other child care centers, YMCA, Special Olympics Pediatric Center for Kids, full time nanny, and also has experience as a mom.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever, Chica Chica Boom Boom, and Steam Train, Dream Train
    Year Started:
    10/8/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over 6 years
    Education:
    Obtaining Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Discovery Preschool

    I love watching the children interact with each other and especially seeing how much they are learning when they interact!

    Ms. Kristin has been working with KinderCare since June of 2014. She is currently teacher certified and working towards her Associate's in Arts with a specialization in child development. Ms. Kristin loves to talk with the children about their emotions and what they are feeling each day. This helps them understand how to express themselves with each emotion!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristin has experience babysitting as well as volunteering at her church in the childcare program.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    6/9/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Laura S.

    Ms. Laura S., Preschool Classroom

    What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it." Whether at work or at home, I often think of this quote from my grandfather's business card. It's a simple reminder to take joy in the little things and use each day to do something you are proud of.

    Ms. Laura has been working at our center since 2008. After teaching our Discovery Preschool program for five years, she made the move to our Preschool classroom for the 2013-2014 school year and is very excited to share the year with you! After spending two years at Eastern Illinois University, Ms. Laura received her Child Development Associate’s Credential and works extremely hard to provide her students with a unique and encouraging learning environment. She encourages a home to school connection by sending home an activity with each theme – these outside activities will bring the world into the classroom for the children to talk about and explore! Ms. Laura also loves to provide messy, hands-on fun science experiments and art projects that the children can’t wait to share!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura was previously part of a teacher's aide program in high school, as well as working at a local elementary school. She also worked at KinderCare from 2002 to 2003 in the Discovery Preschool Classroom.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Prekindergarten Classroom

    In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn." - Phil Collins

    Ms. Kayla has been working at KinderCare since August of 2013 as the Prekindergarten teacher. She enjoys working with the children in getting them ready for reading by introducing them to sight words, both in English and Spanish. The children also practice their writing skills and working on letter formation. Ms. Kayla started in child care in 2006 working for her church's nursery. She then received her Associate's of Arts Degree from Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois and continued her education at Rockford University. Prior coming to KinderCare, Ms. Kayla held a lead teacher position in a two year-old classroom. She is excited to bring this prior knowledge to her classroom and getting her students ready for Kindergarten!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kayla has worked previously as a lead teacher for two-year-old children and as a nursery supervisor.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Jennifer

    Jennifer, Kindergarten

    Seeing the kids smile and laugh warms my heart!

    Ms. Jennifer started with KinderCare in March of 2015. She loves to challenge each child to their best ability and this shows her what they excel in. Ms. Jennifer loves working with the five year olds and seeing what new and exciting ideas they come up with each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching Assistant for kids with Autism and program assistant for 7th and 8th graders in District 15.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
    Year Started:
    3/3/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Criminology and Sociology

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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

  • Persian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and 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 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. Otherwise a door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Brewster Creek KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Laura’s role includes conducting monthly fire and tornado drills, ensuring that all staff’s first aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and 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.

I have two sons at the Brewster Creek KinderCare in Bartlett. One is almost five, and my youngest is almost three. They have attended the center since they were infants. Let me start by saying that if you want an attentive, flexible, fun and caring facility for your children, the Brewster Creek KinderCare is the place for you! My oldest son has several extremely serious food allergies and the staff has been more than accommodating with him! They work their hardest to create healthy and safe meals for him. They also offer many additional learning opportunities for the children, such as phonics, or math programs. The center always has fun, interactive activities so the parents can interact with each other, such as Breakfast with Santa, going Trick or Treating at Halloween, and various festivals! During the summer months, they have a ton of fun activities for the children as well! Honestly, I can not say enough good things about the Brewster Creek KinderCare!

- Mother

Aiden has been enrolled at KinderCare since August 2012. He was eight months old when he started in the Infant Classroom on a full time basis. Aiden is dropped off everyday at 6:15 and the staff members are always cheerful, enthusiastic and welcoming. During the course of the day gross motor skills, social skills, arts and crafts and music activities provide stimulation and early learning opportunities. When the weather permits, outdoor activities are also included in the schedule. The staff at KinderCare is excellent and includes certified teachers as well as outstanding support staff. I trust the judgment of the staff to evaluate health issues and notify me when necessary. The most important testament to KinderCare is the enthusiasm and excitement Aiden expresses each morning when he happily starts his day.

- Mother

I am very pleased with the care provided to my child at this center. The caregivers are great with the kids, always willing to help with homework and always smiling. Kudos to Ms Laura, Ms Amanda and Ms Natalie. My child loves the cooking class offered, great job Ms Beck! Overall I am very happy with this center.

- Parent

KinderCare has truly been an extension of our family. Providing quality care, nurturing and simultaneous guidance for our daughter that aligns with our parentening goals. Each day is a new learning experience, our daughter loves to go to school and leaves each day completely exhausted. The members of the infant room staff are amazing! They listen to our concerns, address any feedback and always provide a detailed end-of-day report. It is clear that they love what they do and the children they take care of daily. The directors are always very patient with any of our questions, concerns or adjustments to feeding or nap schedules. We can't wait to see our daughter grow up through the KinderCare family. We have already informed the staff that our approaching second child will also be attending daycare and the staff was thrilled! I can't imagine taking our children to another location!

- Mother
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