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Buffalo Grove KinderCare

Julie Murphy, 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 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.

Julie Murphy, 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.

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


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.


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.


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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

  • Julie Murphy, Center Director


  • 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.  Emily has an energetic toddler who also attends the center/

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Kaela

    Ms. Kaela, Discovery Preschool

    Everyday is a new and exciting adventure where I get to watch the children explore and develop new interests and skills.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Graduated from Barea College studying Early Childhood!
  • Mr. Paul

    Mr. Paul, Discovery Preschool

    I love this classroom because it is full of energetic, enthusiastic, bright children who are having a blast!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Elementary Education and 10 years in Early Childhood
  • 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:
    21 Years
  • Ms. Geri

    Ms. Geri, Toddler Waddlers & Kindergarten, School Age

    Being a part of KinderCare is such a great experience. Learning and teaching children is a new adventure every day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Morris the Moose Goes to School
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Janene

    Ms. Janene, Infant 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, Transitional Kindergarten, 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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
Ivy Hall

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 and safe sleep practices 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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Just wanted to take a minute and say THANK YOU for everything you and the teachers do! I truly couldn't ask for a better environment for my boys. Every teacher knows my kids and they are comfortable with everyone. You can tell all the teachers enjoy what they do and have a passion for early childhood education. I was nervous when we found out about Isaac's milk and egg allergies that it would be difficult to keep him in group daycare but everyone in the center has been wonderful with making sure he is safe and also keeping him included, and encouraging me!

To me the most important decision I have made as a parent is who will care for my kids while I work. You and your staff have the most important job, and you do it wonderfully! I feel good about the care my boys are getting every morning when I drop them off, and that piece of mind is truly priceless!

Thank you again! I hope that you and your staff know how much you are appreciated everyday!
- Mom

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