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Stratford KinderCare

Nicole Tessler, Center Director

290 Knollwood Dr. Bloomingdale IL 60108
(630) 351-4511 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Knollwood Drive and Army Trail Rd. Behind the Red Lobster

Behind Red Lobster Army Trail & Knollwood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Western Trails, Roy De Shane, Cloverdale, St. Isidore, Erikson,

Stratford KinderCare, a NAEYC accredited center, was ranked one of the top ten learning centers out of all of Knowledge Universe centers in 2011. Come and schedule a tour to see what your family is missing.

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Welcome to Stratford KinderCare in Bloomingdale where our main focus is your child! We work hard every day to make you feel comfortable leaving your most prized possession in our hands. Your child's growth is important to us. Our educated teachers use our curriculum and training to provide the best care to your child. Not only do we provide an excellent preschool and prekindergarten curriculum, but we also provide lots of time for fun social interaction in our infant, toddler, and discovery preschool programs. You will love our huge playground and so will your child. Each classroom has specific learning areas to help your child learn independence and social skills such as Dramatic Play, Science, Math, and Art. Be prepared to have your child come home with left over paint under their nails as we encourage the children to use their imagination in process art. Please come in for a tour to see all the exceptional fun activities happen right in front of your eyes.

Nicole Tessler, 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.

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.

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.


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?

Teachers & Staff

Our center teachers and staff are known for providing a loving and warm environment. It is often said by current families that we are an extension of their family. We take pride in not only being a part of your child's education and growth, but also being a part of your family. Our teachers and staff combined have over 100 years of Kindercare experience and use that experience to provide the best education and care to your child. Please call and schedule a tour to meet our wonderful staff of educators.

  • Nicole Tessler

    Nicole Tessler, Center Director

    I have always loved working with children! I love seeing them grow each and every day. Being a center director has allowed me to watch the children grow but also has given me the opportunity to get to know the families of our center.

    Nicole started with a KinderCare in Addison as a teacher of the Toddler Classroom. After three years, she decided to be a Prekindergarten teacher in that same center. Nicole then received a promotion to be the Assistant Director at the Lombard KinderCare. She continued her experience by moving to the Carol Stream KinderCare as the Assistant Director. After two years of being an Assistant Director, Nicole received another promotion to be the Center Director here at the Stratford Bloomingdale KinderCare and has been here since January 2010.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Leslie Solis

    Leslie Solis, Assistant Director

    I love watching each child grow into their own individual person. I enjoy knowing that I am a part in that growth! Sometime people think that we do all the teaching but really, the children teach us!

    Leslie has enjoyed teaching at the Bloomingdale Stratford KinderCare.  She has played a major role in all the classrooms and she has learned a lot and has grown as a teacher and as a mother. She is a positive person which rubs off on all the children and staff that she works with. Leslie was chosen to get the "Inspire and Lead" award because of her passion and teamwork to make the center what it is today.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Leslie volunteered at the Park District.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alana

    Ms. Alana, Infant Classroom

    The first year of life is such an important development for each child. It is a joy to be able to be a part of their growing process. Each Day brings new learning experiences.

    Ms. Alana has been with the KinderCare family for over 20 years and has worked with a variety of age groups and in management. She loves her home in the infant room. A typical day in the infant room will include books, singing, working on manipulatives, art work, and sign language. Every day is unique and filled with love and laughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Alana worked for 10 years in a preschool program at the Part District.
    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melanie

    Ms. Melanie, Infant Classroom

    The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

    Melanie went to Illinois State University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She loves watching the children learn new things each day. Melanie loves singing songs to the children as well as working on creative projects with them. She believes that her students always help her grow as a teacher each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Melanie was a special education assistant.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Infant Classroom

    I love that when I come to work planning to teach, I find that I usually end up being taught.

    Ms. Sara has been with KinderCare since 2011. She spent her first year at Judson University and then transferred to Elgin Community College to pursue her degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Sara is most known in the center as having such a caring heart with the children and a great deal of patience.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Sara was a nanny for four years and worked at the Kumon Math and Reading Center for two years.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Currently pursuing her Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Dalia

    Ms. Dalia, Toddler

    I love teaching something new to the children everyday and seeing the smiles on their faces.

    Dalia is a mother who enrolled her son at a KinderCare years ago and felt herself wanting to learn more and more about our wonderful classrooms.  Dalia joined our center as an assistant teacher and has never been happier.  She is now the 3rd teacher in our toddler room.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Irene

    Ms. Irene, Toddler Classroom

    I love being with the children and watcching them grow.  Seeing the smiles on the children's faces inspires me to come to work each day.

    Irene has worked for KinderCare for many years.  She has had experience in different centers in other states which allows her to get more ideas of how to run a well rounded classroom.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Child Development Associalte
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Toddler Classroom

    I love working with children and knowing that I've made an individual difference in their path of learning and social development. When I see that, then I know I have completed my passion and my daily job.

    Ms. Kristin has been with Kindercare for one year but transferred to this center in June of 2012. She has two daughters that are now in college. Ms. Kristin works everyday to meet each child's individual needs. She also does a lot of art projects to keep the children busy. Ms. Kristin makes sure that the children have a great experience each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Kristen was a School District 93 reading aide.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the kids become who they are.  Each day holds smiling hello's and the surprises of what the day will hold.

    Amanda has been a nanny for the last 11 years.  She started when the 3 children were just babies.  When the children got a little older, Amanada decided to work at a childcare facility while attending Elgin Community College.  Once at that facility, she felt like she wanted more.  Amanada applied to KinderCare and was hired as a co-teacher to our discovery preschool classroom.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Carmen is a mother of 3 who has worked in the Early Childhood field for years.  She started with our company as a teacher and shortly after, got promoted to Assistant Director.  Carmen then had the opportunity to become a site director for our Champions Brand.  We are lucky to have Carmen begin full time with us as our Discovery Preschool Teacher.

    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    Jessica has had in interest in working with children since she was young.  She comes from a big family and has always been the go-to person for babysitting.  She currently attends College of Dupage and is our co-teacher in our Preschool Classroom.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Lilian

    Ms. Lilian, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children. They make each day different and you never know what challenges you may face tomorrow. I love watching the children grow into happy and healthy school ager's.

    Ms. Lilian has been with Kindercare since 2004. Prior to KinderCare, she worked for an early childhood classroom in the Palatine School District. She excels in teaching the children in the classroom environment and allowing the children to become unique individuals.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Lilian worked in an early childhood classroom in the Palatine School District.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • Ms. Agnes

    Ms. Agnes, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing the children accomplish different things throughout the year.  The excitemnt of the kids sharing their daily stories the moment I walk in makes me want to come to work each day.

    Ms. Agnes attended Northeastern University where she recieved her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.  While attending school, Agnes worked at the Mount Prospect Park District working with children.  After graduation, Agnes started with KinderCare and has been here since.  She is the co-teacher in the Pre-K classroom and is an amazing addition to our center.

    Previous Experience:
    7 years at the Mount Prospect Park District
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelors Degree in Sociology
  • Ms. Jenny

    Ms. Jenny, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy being a part of a child's growth and development. Seeing the children achieve milestones is truly priceless.

    Ms. Jenny has worked in a variety of positions within our corporation. She was a Director for our Champions Branch for three years. Ms. Jenny then moved into management for the KinderCare Branch. She was in the management role for about 10 years. After her 10 years of management, Ms. Jenny chose to be an administrative assistant for two different districts within our company. Ms. Jenny is now a floating teacher at the Bloomingdale KinderCare and is offering all her years experience in all our different classrooms.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenny has worked in different divisions of Knowledge Universe including Director of various KinderCare centers and an administrative assistant to the district
    Year Started:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Schoolage Classroom

    I love fostering strong characters and values fro life success.  I get inspired each day by watching children thrive when they have a compassionate hand guiding them in the right direction.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Floating Teacher

    Teaching is the most difficult of all arts and the profoundest of all sciences. I feel that teaching is not about the income, but about the outcome.

    Ms. Erin has been with KinderCare since May 2012. She wanted to work for KinderCare since she was a young girl. Ms. Erin has always loved working with children. She brings a lot of energy and creative ideas to our two year old children. She has great teamwork with the parents and her co-teachers.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Erin was a nanny and tutor.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Julianne

    Ms. Julianne, Floating Teacher

    Julianne has worked with young children for years as a dance instructor.  She has always had a passion for young children and wanted to do more for them.  Julianne currently attends Miami University and she will be working in our discovery preschool classroom during breaks and the summer.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Floating Teacher

    Teresa has received her master's degree from Elmhurst College in Nursing.  She is currently a school nurse for a therapeutic day school.  Teresa loves children so much that she decided to work at our center part time as a floating teacher.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Floating Teacher

    Veronica is currently enrolled at College of Dupage working towards her degree in Elementary Education.  While in school, Veronica took a class in early childhood that sparked her to get a position in a childcare facility.  She volunteered a few hours a week for that class and upon completion, applied for the assistant teacher position at our center.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infants/Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children learn something new each and every day.  I go to work each day to see the the children's smiling faces.

    Ashley grew up in the KinderCare family.  Not only did she attend a KinderCare when she was young, but her mother is also a Center Director.  As soon as Ashley graduated high school, she knew she wanted to work at a KinderCare.  Ashley is currently going to nursing school and works at our center during breaks and the summer.

    Year Started:
    1 Year

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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

  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Health and safety is a priority at Stratford KinderCare from the minute you walk in the door. There is a keypad entry system with codes that are changed twice a year. When you drop your child off for the day, they are written on our roster and the teachers take attendance every 30 minutes to ensure your child is present. We have a fenced in playground for when the children have their outside time. Also, we have 12 teachers that are CPR and First Aid certified. When it comes to meals, you don't have to worry because we are on the Federal Food Program. This means that your child will get the correct amount of nutrition in every meal served. To keep a health and safe center, we also have a health and safety coordinator to ensure that all staff are following proper procedures.

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.

At the age of 15 months, I really trusted you and your staff with Kylah's care. You may recall how I reminded you that she was my first grandchild and I had a fear of leaving her alone with strangers and I recall you assuring us that she was in great hands. It seems like yesterday when Darnisha and I walked in and you greeted us only to realize that we had come to the wrong day care. Yet we toured your facility and went home and made our decision that this was the place for Kylah. Since being in your care, she has matured and grown into a wonderful child, from potty training to learning to write and recognize her name and much other developmental advancement. She has learned and developed so much with the help of you and your staff and now it's time for her to move on to the next chapter in her life. Darnisha and I are well pleased and appreciate all that you have done for our family. We will always remember the amazing job KinderCare has done. We will miss you guys!!!

- Grandma & Mother

After doing extensive research, my husband and I originally chose Kindercare over the other daycare centers because of their scheduling flexibility. However, after being enrolled for 7 months, we now recommend them to all of our friends for not only their flexibility, but also because of the awesome staff that we entrust to take care of our daughter. They were great when we first took a tour of the facility, but anyone can put on a happy face. Not only are they genuine, but they go out of their way to meet the very specific needs that we request. The entire staff is on the same page, and we feel very blessed to have each and every one of them looking out for our daughter. As a first-time mom, it’s always a joy to pick up my child with a smile on her face!

- Mother

I can not tell you how pleased I am with the Stratford KinderCare. My son adores his teachers and has learned so much in such a short amount of time. I know that my daughters who are in the infant classroom are well taken care of and loved very much. I am at ease knowing that they are in good hands.

- Father

At first I was worried about sending my daughters to Daycare since I never did this with them or my two other older children. But after I toured the center and met all the teachers and staff I felt very welcome and felt the love and kindness from everyone. My three-year-old has learned a lot since being there, from talking more, to learning new things and making new friends. My seven-year-old attends the Before and After School program as well as the summer program and she loves it! She was very shy and said she didn't want to go at first because she was scared, but after encouragement from the teachers and making new friends she begs me to take her! This center is the best and I thank everyone there!

- Mother

Our daughter has been at the Bloomingdale, IL center since she was 14 weeks old and is now four years old. We have had a wonderful experience in every room she has grown in to. Ms. Lilian and Ms. Joan are her current teachers and are amazing. Ms. Nicole, the Director, is wonderful and very approachable. We feel truly blessed to have found such a wonderful extension of our family values at this KinderCare center. Ms. Nazra was my daughter's three year old teacher and was so caring we feel she really helped our daughter come out of her shell. We are over all very pleased with all aspects of the center.

- Mother

I couldn't have been more fearful at the thought of leaving my baby with a bunch of strangers everyday. The staff very quickly made me not only feel comfortable with the situation but also made me feel like I was leaving him with family. Everyone is so warm and loving. I always feel comfortable dropping off my child knowing that the teachers show him love and comfort while also helping him learn new things everyday. I am thankful that all the staff has made my job as a single mother much easier knowing my baby is loved so much.

- Mother

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