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Bourbonnais KinderCare

Brittany Irvin, Center Director

150 W. John Casey Rd. Bourbonnais IL 60914
(815) 935-2110 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
one block W of Rt 45

Neighborhood:
Bourbonnais Township

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bradley East Bradley West all Bourbonnais Schools -Robert Frost -LaVassuer -Shepard -Shabonna -Manteno

Our center has been awarded the ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality!

  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAC Accreditation NAC

Welcome

Thank you for choosing the KinderCare Learning Center in Bourbonnais, Illinois! We are located a few doors down from the Bourbonnais Public library and across the street from Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center. We are happy to serve the Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais and St. George communities! KinderCare learning Center is a part of Knowledge Universe, the largest privately owned early childhood education and care provider in the United States of America. Here at the Bourbonnais KinderCare, our main focus - with the advantage of having a curriculum carefully created by a team of education professionals - is developing the whole child. 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 education experience possible whether they are speaking their first words or preparing for first grade. Please feel free to come and meet our teachers, view our curriculum and see our children at work!

Brittany Irvin, 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The KinderCare Learning Center in Bourbonnais provides each and every program from Infancy through School Age with teachers with Bachelor's Degrees. We carefully select our team and provide you with teachers that are educated, passionate, creative and value the art of education.

  • Brittany Irvin

    Brittany Irvin, Center Director

    There is no greater joy that having the opportunity to be a part of the lives of so many children. Watching them learn and grow right before my eyes is a very gratifying experience.

    Ms. Brittany joined the KinderCare team in 2011. She graduated from Kankakee Community College in 2007 with an Associate Arts degree and later attained a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Olivet Nazarene University in 2010. During her schooling, she acquired experience teaching young children through multiple practicums and student teaching throughout the community. Ms. Brittany greatly enjoys teaching young children and watching them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittany has previous experience with student teaching and practicums in local schools. She was also a teacher in the infant room, discovery preschool and school age room at this facility.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Diary of a Worm
    Year Started:
    5/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Britt Licka

    Ms. Britt Licka, Assistant Director

    Britt has worked for the KinderCare in many capacities over the past nine years. She has taught School Age children and the Toddler children most recently. Over the past few months Britt has taken a management position as the Assistant Center Director at our KinderCare Learning Center. She loves being able to spend each and every day in the presence of children and their families. It is wonderful to know that every day we at the KinderCare Learning Center help children to grow and learn.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Infant Classroom

    The feeling that one is a good and worthwhile person first comes from others, and can never begin too soon.

    Ms. Christina has been a teacher of young children for nearly thirty years. After retiring from public schools, she came to KinderCare in 2006. Ms. Christina is proud to be teaching at the same learning center she chose for her own son years ago.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christina taught Kindergarten and first grade at a public school for 23 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stellaluna
    Year Started:
    9/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Infant Classroom

    The wider range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense their motivations will be and the richer their experience will be. I hope to make their experience worth while.

    Ms. Kayla joined the KinderCare team in 2014. She graduated from Kankakee Community College in 2015 with an Associates Degree in early Childhood Education. While in her education program, she gained personal experience teaching young children. Ms. Kayla enjoys being able to teach the children in her care and watch them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Kankakee Area career Center and Religious education teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You
    Year Started:
    11/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy watching over the little ones and I love knowing that I am helping shape their futures.

    Ms. Veronica has been caring for infants and toddlers for six years. I have always cared for the children as if they were my own. I have an Associate degree in Child Development and my Bachelors degree in Child Psychology. I love to play with kids from barbies or toy soldiers to helping infants explore their surroundings.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Veronica worked in an infant and toddler room at another childcare facitlity.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    11/19/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Child Psychology and Associates in Child Development
  • Ms. Cristen

    Ms. Cristen, Waddler Classroom

    My students are everything to me. Their growth is something I hope to nurture each and every day!

    Ms. Cristen believes in continuing education so that she may provide the best nurturing environment for the children in her classroom. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's program and will then pursue her Master's degree. Education is my passion and I love to see how my students progress each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cristen completed observations in a special needs class and in a prekindergarten classroom.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    There was an old lady who swallowed some snow
    Year Started:
    1/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Associates in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Waddler Classroom

    It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.

    Ms. Lisa has been with KinderCare for a little under a year working with the children. Lisa has an Associates Degree in Child Development. Ms. Lisa is so excited to begin her journey with Early Childhood Education and to work with such wonderful people!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa spent two years at her local career center focusing on child development.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Toddler Teacher

    I love seeing the children everyday and having the opportunity to help them learn new things.

    Ms. Lindsay started at KinderCare in October while attending classes for her degree. Her everyday goal is to bring what she learns through her coursework into the classroom while modifying her teachings to fit each child's developmental needs.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lindsay was the department head manager in food service for five years before pursuing her career in child care.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    10/13/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Associates in Early Childhood Administration
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Discovery Preschool and School Age Classrooms

    Our greatest glory does not come from never falling, but from rising each time you fall.

    Ms. Tanya has been a full time teacher in Bourbonnais since 1997. She has held several positions over the years including, Assistant Director, Program Specialist, Health & Safety Coordinator and lead teacher. She currently runs the Learning Adventures Programs; which involves phonics, music and cooking as well as working in the Discovery Preschool Classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute teaching and volleyball coach at the junior high an college levels
    Year Started:
    10/1/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education/ Illinois Teaching License
  • Ms. Courtney

    Ms. Courtney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I have always enjoyed working with children and feel they are our greatest asset for the future. Each child is unique in his or her own way and that's what makes being a teacher so exciting. I personally feel that teaching is an opportunity for me to help open doors for each child's future in a lifetime of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Courtney has worked with children through church school, being a nanny, and student teaching and observation.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Education
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Preschool Teacher

    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

    Ms. Vanessa began working for KinderCare in August 2015. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Elementary Education. She believes that teachers can instill a love for learning in their students through reading, math and science. She is excited to help prepare the children in her care for elementary education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vanessa acquired experience through student teaching, field experiences throughout the community and assisting at her Sunday school.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jennie

    Ms. Jennie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.

    Mrs. Jennie has been employed with KinderCare for 10 years. She has been married for 13 years and has two wonderful daughters. She has worked in all classrooms and has grown to love the preschool classroom the best. She says a benefit to working in all classrooms is being able to see many different children. She enjoy working with children because she loves being able to teach them different techniques. Best of all, she enjoys teaching art to the children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    10/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Knowing I put smiles on children's faces makes me happy, and I feel good knowing they are happy.

    Melissa has worked in child care for thirteen years on a military base in California. She has experience working with two year olds, infants, and school age children. I spent most of my years working with school agers ages ranging from five to eighteen years old. Melissa greatly enjoys doing art with the children and feels it is all about the process rather than the product.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa has worked in child care for thirteen years
    Year Started:
    9/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Working to obtain Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, School Age

    I just want the children to know that they are awesome and can do anything they set their minds too!

    Ms. Danielle is currently going back to school to finish her Bachelor's degree in hopes of becoming a Kindergarten teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Danielle has worked with two, three and four year olds at another KinderCare center.
    Year Started:
    10/15/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Summer Support Staff

    I love working with children because they remind me of life's simple pleasures.

    Nicole is going to be a senior at Illinois State University studying special education. She enjoys working with children of all ages. She loves knowing that she can make a positive impact on a child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole worked at a daycare for one year and was a nanny for five years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Senior at Illinois State University
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Support Staff

    I love working with children because I love how creative and free they are. I love being part of that process!

    In additon to working for KinderCare, Ms. Jessie also teaches music and band to 3-11 year olds at Kankakee Trinity Academy. She had the pleasure of starting with the company in 2013 at the Frankfort site, and recently has joined the Bourbonnais team as support staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Frankfort KinderCare Tutoring in music class
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    8/23/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelors in music education

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. Our center provides a built in security feature, fenced in play yards and written authorization must be on file for all Emergency Contact individuals. KinderCare Learning Centers abide by a strict Center Health Requirements. By working cooperatively with parents/guardians, we can ensure the health and safety of all children enrolled at our center. Our center staff members are equipped with CPR and First Aid Training on an annual basis. The center also participates in monthly activities to ensure a safe environment for all children and team members.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My daughter has been going to KinderCare since 2011 and I can honestly say that I haven’t had one complaint. As a mom, it feels good to know that I can go to work and trust that my daughter is cared for; the girls are waiting with open arms to comfort her as I rush off to work. The teachers are there to make sure she is given nutritional meals all while molding her into the smart, funny, beautiful little girl she is today. I can’t express in words how much your careful selection of staff means to us; these girls will always hold a special place in my heart.

- Mother

We started our journey with the Bourbonnais Kinder Care when our daughter was just six-months-old. She started with a drop in schedule in their nursery and the teachers in the nursery were excellent with her. They loved her and cared for her as if she were their own. She was always held or cuddled by somebody whenever I would walk into the room. She started attending full-time around her first birthday, which meant that she transitioned into the Toddler Classroom. These new teachers have been the exact same with their care and attentiveness towards her. 
 
Since we are working parents, it is hard to have to drop your child off every day to work, but we can honestly say that we trust the staff at Kinder Care wholeheartedly.  She has now been attending for almost two years and our daughter loves it. She is excited to see her teachers and friends every day. She is also always talking about the fun things she has done throughout the day and shows us her art projects once we get home.

It is great to know that she is involved in so many activities that are helping her learn and grow in a healthy way. The curriculum is awesome and she participated in the summer camp, which has brought many fun activities to her class throughout the week. Soon she will begin an extra music class that we can tell will be great! The menu is nutritious and it helps to know that she is getting good, healthy meals and snacks throughout her day.

Having our daughter attend Kinder Care has been one of the best decisions we have made for her development so far and we would recommend it to anyone!

- Parents

My daughter attends the Prekindergarten Program at KinderCare. She is learning new things every day. Our dinner conversation is never dull, last night she was telling us about the Police Officer that came to her classroom, and his duty in the community.

- Parent

My three children have all attended the KinderCare Learning Center since they were babies. The teachers are so very warm and kind, it is an easy transition back to the working world. We now think of the KinderCare Family as our family.

- Mother
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