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Buffalo Grove KinderCare

Lisa Spewak, Center Director

651 Deerfield Pkwy Buffalo Grove IL 60089
(847) 459-6995 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Intersection of Rte 83 and Deerfield Pkwy

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Willow Grove, Prairie, Pritchett, Tripp, Woodlawn. Kilmer, Ivy Hall Middler School, and Longfellow, Poe & Tarkington

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Welcome

Welcome to the Buffalo Grove KinderCare's website! Our commitment to you is to provide your child with a safe, caring environment while providing high quality early childhood education. We provide the kind of care that focuses on the whole child, meeting the needs of your child's emotional, social, cognitive, physical and educational well-being. As educators, we want you to feel confident in the care we provide and will take every step to gain your trust. We would like to personally invite you to come and see what makes us different.  Call us at 847-459-6995 to schedule your tour today.

Lisa Spewak, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at our Buffalo Grove KinderCare family are dedicated to providing an environment for your child that supports their overall well-being. We treat each child as our own to instill your confidence with the kind of care we provide. The teachers at our center are here for you and will spend each day fully engaging your child while meeting their individual needs.

  • Lisa Spewak

    Lisa Spewak, Center Director

    The opportunity to see your children grow every day is an amazing!  Thank you for sharing your most valued possession!

    Lisa graduated from Nation-Louis University with an Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She currently hold an Illinois State Early Childhood Standard 04 license.  She has had experience both in the classroom as well in roles as an administrator.  Lisa is a Buffalo Grove resident who is honored to have the opportunity to reach out to the community as the Director of a reputable Center.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been a teacher in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 25 years. I have had the opportunity to serve as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for 18 of those years and directed for the past 7 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I have many childre's books that are my favorites! I love The Stinky Cheese Man, The Napping House, and Oh the Places You'll go!
    Year Started:
    10/11/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Emily Ayers

    Emily Ayers, Assistant Director

    I am very excited to watch your children grow and learn each day!

    Emily graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Emily has been working with the Buffalo Grove KinderCare since September of 2010. When she first started with KinderCare she was the Toddler teacher. Emily then took over the Private Kindergarten Program before she was promoted in February of 2012 to the Assistant Director position. Emily has been married to her husband, Brian, since June of 2012.

    Year Started:
    9/7/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Arnie

    Mr. Arnie,

    I love seeing how excited the children get when I bring them food.

    Mr. Arnie is fantastic with children of all ages.  He knows every child in our Center and every child wants a high five from Mr. Arnie!  Mr. Arnie is not only our cook, but drives our buses as well.  We couldn't have a day without Mr. Arnie!

    Year Started:
    8/5/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Discovery PreSchool

    Ms. Lisa has an energy like no other!  And she sure can keep up with the children in our Discovery PreSchool classroom.  Ms. Lisa has a fantastic relationship with every child in her care.  She is fantastic at engaging children into any activity that is planned.

  • Miss Becky

    Miss Becky, Discovery Pre-School

    Miss Becky brings a weslth of knowledge into her classroom every day.  She has an insight to the children that allows her to fully engage them.  Miss Becky truly cares about each and every unique child in her class and this shows in her relationships with them.

    Year Started:
    12/22/2014
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Renee

    Ms. Renee, Infant Classroom

    I love knowing that I make a difference in the children's lives every day.

    Ms. Renee has a passion for being with and loving infants. Ms. Renee is always patient and understanding while caring for infants. She always has fun activities going on in the classroom and loves watching them explore new things.

    Year Started:
    1/6/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, Masters Degree in Business Administration
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infants

    I LOVE babies!

    Ms. Stephanie has worked for the past 3 years with Infants.  It is her true passion.  Her kind and gentle manner with these young children is what makes the room special.

    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Miss Gina

    Miss Gina, Language Arts, Phonics, Math and Science

    Miss Gina has been at the Buffalo Grove KinderCare for 20 years.  She knows so many families, she would have a hard time counting.  Miss Gina teaches our Language Arts, Phonics, Science, Cooking and Math classes.  She is fantastic at finding just the right way to reach your child and bring out their maximum potential.

    Year Started:
    5/1/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Faby

    Ms. Faby, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love to see the children transition and grow throughout the year.

    Faby is an asset to our Pre-Kindergarten program.  She strives to enhance the program every day.

    Year Started:
    9/12/2014
  • Mr. Jim

    Mr. Jim, Pre-Kindergarten

    I LOVE working with 4 year olds every day!  They're learning so many tings that I love to teach.  They're eager and want to learn!

    Mr. Jim has works every day to prepare our Pre-Kindergarten class to move ahead and be ready for all of the challenges of Kindergarten.  He is careful in his planning to instill and foster a true love for learning. 

    Year Started:
    12/20/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Miss Lorena

    Miss Lorena, Toddler Classroom

    Lorena loves being part of the development and growth in the children she works with.  She loves to see them achieve thier developmental milestones!

    Lorena has worked with children for the past 1 1/2 years.

    Year Started:
    3/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Toddler Classroom

    I love helping and watching children grow and do things for the first time!

    Ms. Amber has been working with small children for over seven years. She has an Associate's Degree in Arts and is currently working on getting her Director's Certificate. She then plans on getting her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Amber enjoys spending one-on-one time with each child to find out their unique needs and interests. She loves to encourage children to feel special about themselves as individuals.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Amber spent six years working as a nanny.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Preschool Classroom

    Children are the future and I've always enjoyed helping them reach their full potential.

    Ms. Susan has been with KinderCare since February 2013. She has an Elementary Degree and has been teaching for over ten years. Ms. Susan loves reading theme-based books to the children each day. She also enjoys spending time at the library each weekend searching for the perfect books to accompany her curriculum.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Janene

    Ms. Janene, Preschool Classroom

    I love my job because I love seeing the kids' smiles and hearing them giggle!

    Ms. Janene has been at the Buffalo Grove center for over five years and loves it here! She has had tons of hands-on experience in the Early Childhood Education field. She loves to get messy and have a great time in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janene worked as a camp counselor in a kids area at a health club and at another day care center.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, Kindergarten and School Age Classroom

    I love working with the children and watching them learn new things. Being with them day to day and knowing you are a part of their growing and learning is very rewarding.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

August 2015 Events

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  1. Saturday August 01, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  2. Sunday August 02, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  3. Monday August 03, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  4. Tuesday August 04, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  5. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  6. Thursday August 06, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  7. Friday August 07, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  8. Saturday August 08, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  9. Sunday August 09, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  10. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  11. Tuesday August 11, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  12. Wednesday August 12, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  13. Thursday August 13, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  14. Friday August 14, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  15. Saturday August 15, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  16. Sunday August 16, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  17. Monday August 17, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

  18. Tuesday August 18, 2015
    1. Summer Camp Begins!

      We have an amazing summer planned for everyone!  We begin our Summer of Wonder on June 15 and it will end on August 18th!  Please call to see how you can treat your child to a fantastic experience that will maintain their education and their fascination with fun!
      We have many options available so you too can be a part of this amazing summer!

About Our Center

The Buffalo Grove Kindercare is a Nationally Accredited center offering full time and part time care to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Additionally, we provide transportation to and from the following elementary schools:
Willow Grove
Pritchett
Longfellow
Ivy Hall
Kilmer
Tripp
 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

The Buffaol Grove KinderCare is closed on Federal Holidays, as well as President's Day and Columbus Day.

Health and Safety

At the Buffalo Grove KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Our center features a key-coded entry and two fenced-in playgrounds. We conduct name to face counts every 30 minutes along with monthly fire and disaster drills. Our teachers and staff members are fully background checked and are CPR and First Aid certified. We also follow health and safety procedures, such as hand-washing, safe sleep practices and much more, to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe!

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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