Valerie Vazquez, Center Director
140 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188
We know that choosing the right fit for your child's education and care is a difficult decision and that is why we are proud to say, you have come to the right place. At our center we have an excellent reputation within the Carol Stream community and surrounding areas. We have a family like atmosphere and host several functions including our current families and extended members. We are NAEYC Accredited, hold 3 stars with the Quality Rating System of Illinois, and are in excellent standings with the Department of Children and Family Services. We have close relationships with many community resources and agencies such as the Carol Stream Fire Department and Police Department, the Humanitarian Service Project, the public library, and the YWCA of DuPage. It is a great pleasure to be a part of this community and stand out amongst other learning centers and preschools. Currently we are enrolling in several rooms with limited space availability.
Here at the KinderCare Learning Center on Gary Avenue, our staff provides the best in Early Childhood Education. Combined, our staff has over 105 years of childcare experience and speaks many foreign languages including Spanish, Serbian, Italian and Polish. Each year, we are excited to present special programs to our families such as Winter Gala, Sweet Heart Luncheon, Spring Gala, Summer Camp, Fall Festival, and a Thanksgiving Luncheon. We invite you to join in on the fun, as well as the learning that happens at KinderCare. Each day is a new adventure!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Twelve fun and unique weeks of camp, all summer long! From May through August, KinderCare offers awesome camps for pre-school, pre-k, and school-age kids. It's a great place to bring friends, and to meet new ones! We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours, so join us for all 12 weeks or as many weeks as you like.
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.
Children will make their own garden globes to place in their own gardens at home.
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.
Illinois Quality Rating System
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
"I refer to this center as 'My KinderCare.' I love the teachers, and my children adore the teachers and spending time at the center. I am very comfortable with the care my children receive and consider the teachers and staff to be my children's second parents."
- Ramos Family,
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