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Washington Street KinderCare

Heather Griffith, Center Director

2410 East Washington St. Bloomington IL 61704
(309) 662-7033 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Washington, Oakland, Stevenson, Praireland, Grove, Pepperidge, Colene Hoose, Cedar Ridge

Welcome

Thank you for choosing the KinderCare Learning Center in Bloomington, Illinois. KinderCare Learning Center is a part of Knowledge Universe, the largest privately owned Early Childhood Education and Child Care provider in the United States. The Washington St. KinderCare is Nationally Accredited that serves Bloomington and Normal. At KinderCare, we are pioneering the practice of developing the "whole child"; meaning our curriculum gives each child the skills that he or she needs to excel socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our program is designed to make sure that your child receives the best early education experiences possible, while learning through play and having some laughs along the way! We will be offering Private Kindergarten beginning in the 2015 school year. Please feel free to visit our center to meet our teachers, view our curriculum and see our children at work.

Heather Griffith, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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

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.

Spanish

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?

Sign Language

Teachers & Staff

The KinderCare Learning Center in Bloomington provides each program from Infant through School Age with quality, engaged teachers. We carefully select our team and provide you with teachers who are educated, passionate, creative and value the art of early education. Our teachers and support staff can't wait for you to join our KinderCare family!

  • Heather Griffith

    Heather Griffith, Center Director

    Children are like sponges, we must provide them with the best knowledge to soak up.

    Ms. Heather has worked for KinderCare for over 18 years and has been the Center Director for the past year.  During her many years in early childhood education, she has positively molded and shaped many children's lives.  She loves challenging children to reach their fullest potential in and out of the classroom. Ms. Heather has a bubbly personality that brings genuine smiles to the children at the center.  For her, the greatest part of her job is watching the children learn and grow before her eyes.  

    Previous Experience:
    Therapeutic Education Specialist Crisis Nursery
    Favorite Children's Book:

    What Was That! by Geda Bradley Mathews is Ms. Heather's favorite book because it has adorable pictures and she was afraid of the dark when she was younger. Ms. Heather also loves Eric Carle books because of the fantastic illustrations and messages.

    Year Started:
    8/14/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Bachelor in Elementary Education
  • Chris Reynolds

    Chris Reynolds, Assistant Director

    Learning in the classroom happens when the children are actively involved. All they need is some guidance and the proper tools to succeed.

    Mr. Chris is our Assistant Director and has previously worked as our Prekindergarten and Preschool teacher. Mr. Chris is able to approach every child with the teaching style that is best fit for that individual child.  His favorite part about working at KinderCare is involving the children in various learning experiences and seeing their growth and development through the many stages of childhood. Mr. Chris takes the extra step to establish that bond with each child in the center.  Outside of the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Christina, and their daughter, Greta. 

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute teaching and tutoring in local elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Monster at the End of the Book by Jon Stone is Mr. Chris's favorite children's book because it is a fun take on handling unknown situations.

    Year Started:
    3/7/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor in Secondary Education in History and Social Science, Childhood Development Accreditation certification, Illinois Teaching Licence for 6th-12th grade.
  • Mr. Ryan

    Mr. Ryan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "The children I teach today will change the world of tomorrow.

    Mr. Ryan loves inspiring his children to create and discover what makes them unique. He loves the look on the kids faces when they discover something new and challenging. Mr. Ryan enjoys incorporating song and music into his classroom learning due to his own love for music. He finds it works well with the prekindergarten classroom to express their emotions and learn.  Most of all, Mr. Ryan brings a bright energy to the classroom that welcomes all the children to learn and grow! 

    Previous Experience:
    Tutor and Academic Director at Sylvan Learning Center
    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in English Education with minor in business communications
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    My favorite part of being a preschool teacher is knowing I am making a difference in the lives of each of my children. I love being able to help them learn and grow as people.

    Ms. Sarah has been with KinderCare since she was 8 weeks old, so it has always been apart of her life.  She has had various responsibilities at KinderCare but her favorite is getting to work with the Preschool children.  Ms. Sarah loves for the children to explore with their creative imaginations.  She enjoys having fun learning activities for the children to explore daily in her classroom.  

    Previous Experience:
    Center Director, Assistant Director, and Language Arts Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak because the imagination and creative imagery in the book inspires children to always explore deeper into their imagination. 

    Year Started:
    8/15/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Sciences
  • Ms. Syeda

    Ms. Syeda, Infants

    Ms. Syeda joined the KinderCare team in March of 2004. During her time with us she has taught children of various ages, ranging from Infants to Preschool. She is currently our Infant teacher, and says she got into the Early Education field simply because of her love for children, which started with her own two daughters. Ms. Syeda graduated from the Usmania University in India in 1993 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Ms. Syeda loves helping the children learn and and has a great time doing it!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mother Goose Rhymes is Ms Syeda's favorite book because it has many different kinds of rhymes that the children can learn and enjoy!
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Miss Gabby, Support Staff

    There is in ever child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all." - Erik Erikson

    Miss Gabby is currently a graduate student at Illinois State University working towards her masters degree in Human Development and Family Resources.  She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with children.  Miss Gabby has worked at our center since August 2013 and has enjoyed getting to know the children and helping them grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Family nanny for 3 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Sneezy the Snowman" because the children that I nanny for absoultely love the book which has allowed me to love it as well.
    Year Started:
    8/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Working towards Masters degree in Human Development and Family Resources
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Infants

    She is clothed in strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future.

    Ms Rachel is from Donovan, IL, and is currently attending Illinois State University to acheive a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She chose early childhood because she loves to watch the excitement and happiness on a child's face when they accomplish something they have been working toward; whether that be taking their first step, mastering the alphabet, or solving that difficult math problem. She loves to watch the children grow and blossom every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Good Morning Muffin Mouse!" is Ms. Rachel's favorite book because her mom read it to her and her sister when they were getting up in the morning!
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Discovery Preschool

    Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood!

    Ms. Elizabeth loves working here because children are our future.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a teacher for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years at another center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Runaway Bunny- Ms. Elizabeth loved bunnies as a child and even though the little bunny tried to run away the Momma would always follow.
    Year Started:
    5/5/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Studied Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Development, and Family Relations at ISU
  • Ms. Jana

    Ms. Jana, School-age

    If at first you don't succeed, try try again!

    Ms. Jana has been with KinderCare since 1998. During her long career as a KinderCare teacher, she has worked with children ages six weeks through twelve years. She is currently our School-age teacher and loves being a part of these young children's educational beginning. Her favorite thing about this classroom is getting to see all of the children's personalities develop. Ms. Jana has earned Early Childhood Education credits through Heartland College, and says she can’t see herself doing anything but working with children. Ms. Jana loves being a teacher, because it is so rewarding to see a child accomplish a goal and grow developmentally.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jana nannied for several families before beginning at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chika Chika Boom Boom is Ms. Jana's favorite book, because it teaches young children the alphabet in a fun way.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Miss Maja, Support Staff

    If you can dream it, you can do it.

    Miss Maja is currently a student at Illinois State University.  She will begin student teaching in the Fall 2016 where she hopes to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Maja had previously worked for KinderCare in Lake Zurich, IL before transferring to our center. She also spent time working with "Partners in Reading."
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Lorax" because keeping the earth clean is important for our future!
    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Working towards Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dee

    Ms. Dee, Cook

    When one door closes, another door opens

    Ms Dee loves working at KinderCare because she likes to watch the children grow from one stage to the next. Ms Dee is happy to be a part of a great team that love and care for children and their development as much as she does.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dee raised two kids at home and worked for Unit 5 for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham is Ms Dee's favorite children's book, because it is a fun book with fun rhymes and repeating phrases!
    Year Started:
    6/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    High School Diploma

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Closed Presidents Day
Closed Memorial Day
Closed July 4th
Closed Columbus Day
Closed Thanksgiving Day and day after
Closed Christmas Eve at 3pm
Closed on Christmas Day
Closed on New Years Day

Health and Safety

Your child's safety is of utmost importance to us. Our building is only accessible through secured doors which are locked with a coded keypad. We have a Health and Safety coordinator on staff who completes regular checklists to ensure our center is a clean and safe environment. All staff members are also certified in CPR and First Aid.

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.

We have been a KinderCare family since 2007.My daughter was 18 months old when we started attending and my son followed shortly after, starting when he was three months old. We have been part of the KinderCare experience at every age; we have hung out in every room of the center. My family LOVES KinderCare! Upon entering Kindergarten, my children were well prepared and have excelled. As "school-agers" now, they get to hang out in THE coolest after-school club in the area. The staff members know my kids, and they are more than just teachers and caregivers--they feel like family to us. They have been a consistent, positive presence in the life of my family. To be part of this center is to be part of a community. My kids have nurtured lasting relationships with other KinderCare alumni, as have I. I count many of the staff and other families as close friends. When all is said and done, I trust KinderCare. They have been a huge influence on who my children are becoming. Our family has been proud to call this center home!

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