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Bartlett Commons Kids Choice

Dawn Ulaszek, Center Director

860 S. Rt. 59 Bartlett IL 60103
(630) 213-0799 Contact this center

Ages: 5 YEARS to 12 YEARS
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Special Instructions:
in Bartlett Commons Plaza in strip mall behind Wendy's

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Nature Ridge, Liberty, Bartlett, Centenial, Prarie View, Sycamore Trail, Norton Creek, Heritage, Horizon, Wayne

When it comes to school age care make Kids Choice your first choice! We are one of only five unique school age only programs within Knowledge Universe. The kids club environment engages all ages through socialization, multimedia experiences, fine arts, academics and athletic activities.

Welcome

Welcome to Bartlett Commons Kids Choice in Bartlett Illinois. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. Kids Choice specializes in children ages 5 to 12. We believe in developing the whole child socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. We give children an opportunity to learn new things in a super fun way! Here at Kids Choice the children are grouped by age and they have 5 rooms that they will rotate into weekly. We have a teacher run homework room available for after school. Flexible schedules are not a problem, including drop in days when U-46 does not have school. Our rotating student council chooses themed activities that is developed specifically from our experts. Kids Choice is a place that the kids choose to be and the place that parents want them to be. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to long, happy years together.

Dawn Ulaszek, Center Director

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Our Programs

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.

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.

Science Adventures

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Swimming

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  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Pump It Up GROUPS ABC

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Teachers & Staff

On behalf of the staff of Kids Choice we would love to welcome you to our very unique center geared specifically to schoolage children. We come with years and years of experience in childcare. We look forward in expanding our family with yours!

  • Dawn Ulaszek

    Dawn Ulaszek, Center Director

    This job is like being a grandma every day! I get to love them, teach them, spoil them and then send them home and then get to do it all over again the next day!

    Each day that Dawn goes to work she knows that she will make an impact on a child and or family–what an awesome responsibility! She lives in the same town that she works in and loves to attend the students baseball, football, cheerleading, and many more activities that they participate in outside the center. She can't go anywhere without running into families that attended Kids Choice and is always greeted with a huge hug. For many years you could find Ms. Dawn all over the suburbs rooting on her own two children at all of their sporting events. Being a Center Director at the only Kids Choice in Illinois and being able to provide a place for school aged children to want to attend is awesome! She is gracious to have been chosen by the company as one of the best centers based on customer retention.

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn has worked at the Lombard, Downers Grove, and Oswego centers before transferring to Bartlett Kids Choice 15 years ago.
    Year Started:
    12/1/1991
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Education:
    Western Illinois University and College of DuPage
  • Janice Schillaci

    Janice Schillaci, Assistant Director

    Today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

    Janice Schillaci is the Assistant Center Director here at the Bartlett Commons Kid’s Choice, as well as, teaches our Learning Adventures program. She has been with the company since 1994 and was promoted to management in 1998. Janice also has received several certificates of recognition for providing exemplary customer service, has received the Spirit Of Service award and been Employee of the Year.  She holds her Illinois Teaching Certificate for Kindergarten through sixth grade. She has also taken post-graduate coursework in Early Childhood Education, and has been trained on First Aid, CPR, Water Safety, AED’s and Epi Pens.
     
    Previous Experience:
    Classes in Early Childhood Education. Volunteered in Church Nursery.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Side Walk Ends
    Year Started:
    5/26/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Elementary Education, Illinois Teaching Certification K-6th grade.
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Multi Purpose Substitute Teacher

    You have Brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."  Dr. Suess

    Ms. Tammy has worked with children for the past 36 years. Her interest in children began during a high school Child Development Class. She started out working with in the Preschool Classroom in West Chicago. Since then, she has worked with every age group from Infants up to School age. Ms. Tammy is very excited to, once again, be working with Schoolage children. She enjoys watching them grow and learn. In her own words, "I am passionate about coming to work everyday, because I can help children reach for the impossible, write stories that others want to read, and conquer math facts.  I love what I do!"

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Years in ECE industry:
    36
  • Ms. Rose

    Ms. Rose, School-age

    The best part of teaching is that it matters.  The hardest part of teaching is that every moment matters, every day.

    Ms. Rose loves to have people honk and wave to her when she works as the crossing guard for Bartlett Elementary in the mornings and then see them again at the end of the day when they pick up their child from Kids Choice. She has one daughter and one granddaughter, Brittany, that she adores. She is nicknamed by all of us as "Grandma Rose". So when she is out and about and the children run up to her she feels that it is her family giving her hugs. She takes great pride in her room with all the artistic creations that are displayed that the children draw.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rose has also been a school crossing guard for over 30 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Clifford Series
    Year Started:
    9/1/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Group Worker Qualified
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, School-age

    A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

    Judy has been around children all her life. Starting at age 11 babysitting, having my own children, grandchildren and working in childcare. She is extremely crafty and loves to show how to make all sorts of amazing things. She loves to find the child's interest and then encourages them to pursue their passion. She loves watching the young minds try new and different things. When she is not driving a bus she loves to work in her yard, go to craft shows, and watch her grandchildren who are involved with everything!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Judy started at KinderCare as a four year-old teacher for three years, then worked at Kids Choice for five years. She l left to work at the center that her grandchildren attended for four years, and then returned back to Kids Choice for the past two years.
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Teacher's certificate

August 2015 Events

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  1. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Swimming

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  2. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Pump It Up GROUPS ABC

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  3. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Swimming

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  4. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Homemade Cream Puffs

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    2. Pump It Up GROUPS DEF

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  5. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Homemade Cream Puffs

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    2. Video Commercials

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  6. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Minute To Win It and Puzzles

  7. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. DJ Jason

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  8. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Smokin BBQ GROUPS ABC

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  9. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Smokin BBQ GROUPS DEF

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    2. Science Experiemtn!

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  10. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. End Of Summer Ice Cream Party

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  11. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

    2. Back to School District U-46

  12. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  13. Wednesday August 19, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  14. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  15. Friday August 21, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  16. Saturday August 22, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  17. Sunday August 23, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  18. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  19. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  20. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  21. Thursday August 27, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

  22. Friday August 28, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Assessments

      Assessments of current kindergarteners enrolled in our facility will be taking place these two weeks in preparing for the start of our kindergarten program.

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 Kid's Choice, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access.  We maintain a rigorous standard for safety, here at the center, and while transporting children.  Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

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.

"From the close friends she has made, to the touching relationships she has with the center, caregivers, Kids Choice is an important part of my daughters life.  Of course she enjoys all the rooms, activities and opportunities to be a social butterfly. Important to me is the daily emphasis on homework and reading.  And this year, with the help of daily Math tutoring, she moved from the mid level math class at school to the highest level group!"
"As a full time working parent outside the home, it is so reassuring to know that the kids are in safe hands, and those safe hands truly value and care about your children."

- Mother

This facility is awesome - I couldn't ask for better teachers or a director to step into my place while I am at work...You guys rock!!! A million "THANK YOU'S" for being there when I cannot!

- Mother
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