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Devonshire KinderCare

Susan Malenius, Center Director

410 Devonshire Dr. Champaign IL 61820
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Bottenfield, Carrie Busey, Barkstall, Robeson, Southside, Westview, Kenwood, Washington, Garden Hill, Doctor Howard, Stratton

Welcome

If are on the search for an engaging Summer experience, Champaign KinderCare has you covered! With our flexible Summer schedule, we can accommodate you: five days per week, 2-3 days, half days…give us a call, and we will do our best to plan the Summer Adventure of a lifetime for your family! Or are you planning ahead and looking for a great school in the fall. At KinderCare, we are pioneering the practice of 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 while having fun.

Our staff has both the Illinois ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality and the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) seal of approval on their education, training, and ability to care for children(and their parents!). Creating a home away from home for your child while engaging in thrilling Summer curriculum is our primary goal. Let us take a load off your mind, share a kindred heart, divulge some tips and tricks, and join your "village". Please feel free to come and meet our teachers, view our curriculum and see our children at work.

Susan Malenius, 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.

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.

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?

Yoga and Baby Sign Language

Teachers & Staff

Each and every program at our center, from infancy through school age, is staffed with trained, qualified and tenured teachers. We carefully select our team and provide you with teachers that are educated, passionate, creative and value the art of teaching.

  • Susan Malenius

    Susan Malenius, Center Director

    I love being able to come to work and spend each day helping the children learn and develop. I appreciate working with my families and building strong relationships to meet their child's educational needs

    Sue graduated from the University of Illinois. She has a true passion for education. During Sue's tenure, almost 3000 children have attended this center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to directing the KinderCare Learning Center, Sue was an Assistant Director at Chamapign County Child Development Center, a preschool teacher, a guitar teacher and a swim instructor.
    Year Started:
    9/1/1986
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Sara Nelson

    Ms. Sara Nelson, Assistant Director

    Sara grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and has always had a passion for teaching. She has had many different teaching positions through her years from the infants to high schools which include Girl Scout leader and a Color Guard Tech. She graduated from University of Missouri – Columbia in 2007 and then started at Kinder Care as an Assistant director and kindergarten teacher. Currently she is the Assistant Director and in charge of the Learning Adventure Programs. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

    Year Started:
    12/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an Emphasis in Child Development and Education
  • Ms. Tabitha

    Ms. Tabitha, Infant & Toddler Classroom

    I know I make a difference in these children's lives when I watch them learn and grow.

    Ms. Tabitha went to school for Elementary Education but after joining the KinderCare team, she found that her true passion is for the younger children. She has spent time in all the classrooms and is ready to jump in and help in whatever way she can. Ms. Tabitha makes a point to make a personal connection with each child she works with.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Knuffle Bunny By Mo Willems and Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

    Year Started:
    4/1/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Hutaf

    Ms. Hutaf, Infant Classroom

    Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together. – Scott Hayden

    Hutaf has been at KinderCare since September 200. She loves what she does with a passion. Hutaf enjoys seeing children grow in front of her eyes. Education has always been an important part of her life. Hutaf’s main priority is to make sure the children have a safe and happy environment to grow. She always shows her students how happy she is when they accomplish a task or goals that they have been working on. Hutaf is very dedicated to our curriculum and tailoring it to the level each child needs. Hutaf graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in sociology and philosophy. She also took additional courses in Child Development and education because she knew she wanted to follow in her mother’s foot steps to become a teacher.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy
  • Ms. Mandi

    Ms. Mandi, Infant Classroom

    I am passionate about teaching to watch children learn.

    Ms. Mandi became a teacher at Kinder Care are after her son attended as an infant. She enjoys art and sensory activities, because of the children’s faces when they feel and explore the items. She is planning on furthering her education in the early childhood field.

    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Some College Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Katherine

    Ms. Katherine, Infant Classroom

    Katherine grew up in Monticello, IL with parents, my older brother and older sister. Through out her schooling she worked at a Summer Care Program at Monticello Christian Academy for three years.  She volunteers in the nursery and preschool classes at her church. In Katherine classroom she enjoys incorporating her passion of reading and writing.  You will see this evidence in her classroom displays and activities.  Outside of her career she enjoys photography and going to church.

    Year Started:
    9/2/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachlors in Early Childhood Education with a Teaching Certificate for Birth thru Third Grade
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Infant and Toddlers

    I love being able to watch and guide a child to grow into something extraordinary.

    Angela enjoys being around the toddlers because they are movers and keep everyone busy. She likes painting with her students to help build their fine motor skills. Prior to working at Kinder Care Angela volunteered with several different children's organizations. In her spare time Angela enjoys singing, reading, playing with her niece and nephew and painting.

    Previous Experience:
    Child Development Lab at Eastern Illinois University
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Family and Child Development
  • Ms. Jamie Ellis

    Ms. Jamie Ellis, Toddler Classroom

    Jamie has two boys one in 6th and the other in 4th grade. She is taking classes at Parkland college to finish her associate in Early Childhood. After Parkland Jamie is planning to transfer to UIC for Social Work in Youth Development. Once she has her Bachelors in Social Work she hopes to work in the school district to help children. Jamie enjoys traveling, taking pictures, and loves being with her friends and family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Little Jewels in Bloomington for six years Lakeshore Schools in Chicago for three years
    Favorite Children's Book:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    11/28/1916
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Working on her associate degree in early childhood at Parkland College
  • Ms. Ellie

    Ms. Ellie, Toddler Classroom

    I always enjoy being with the younger ages because I love to read books and do art with them.

    Ms. Ellie is a very gentle and kind hearted.  While she is in the classroom she loves to read to promote literacy. She also loves to have the children be creative not only in art work but through their exploration play as well.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Reina

    Ms. Reina, Toddlers

    Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

    Reina is a very active teacher. She enjoys singing and giving her student the opportunity to be creative with art. When she reads stories she love to be very animated and is an entertaining storyteller. During her free time loves traveling with friends, singing with the local music collective, writing books and sketching charters.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteer for Afterschool programs in Chicago suburbs and Champaign schools, Volunteer bilingual TA in 1st and 2nd grade multiage class lead teacher at Kids 1st Child
    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Finishing Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois
  • Ms. Jyoti

    Ms. Jyoti, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Jyoti has worked at several early childhood centers. They are Chesterbrook Academy, Montessori School, Early Learning, Kids' 1st and Champaign unit 4 schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Political Science
  • Ms. Terri

    Ms. Terri, Preschool Classroom

    It will never matter how big of a house I lived in or what car I drive, all that matters is that I've made a big difference in the lives of children and their learning.

    Ms. Terri lives in St. Joseph with her husband and two dogs; she has 24-year-old twins. Terri started out baby sitting in high school and fell in love with watching children learn and develop. That love motivated and pushed her into the career in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Terri is very passionate about her classroom and students by being creative, positive, and giving each child the opportunity to explore and be successfully independent.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Preschool Classroom

    I love knowing that my job has a positive impact on the future lives of the children in my class.

    Ms. Mary attended Parkland College and received her associates in Elementary Education. She then completed her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education & Il Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy teaching the children new things and watching them learn and discover the world.

    Valerie has been in the childcare field for 20 years, fourteen of those years are at Kinder Care. She has her Child Development Associate's credential and 18 hours in Early Childhood credits.  Her favorite thing to teach the children is about nature, animals and she loves to read books with the children. She lives in Rantoul with her husband Scott, daughter Allison and son Nicholas, as well as many pets. In her spare time she enjoys reading and outdoor activities.

    Year Started:
    4/9/2007
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sara Sundarsan

    Ms. Sara Sundarsan, Preschool Classroom

    Sara S. has been working as a teacher assistant since 2012. She is passionate about education, teaching and working with children. When teaching she enjoys when students accomplish a new skill.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher Assistant at Happi house Learning Center (Nov. 2012-April 2016)
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    8/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s of Engineering in Electronics and Communication
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Preschool Classroom

    There is a special feeling that inspires me to come to work each day. Seeing every happy child run to embrace me when I walk into the room. Also knowing that I will and can teach a child something new each day!

    Ms. Brenda has three grown children and seven grandchildren that inspire her to be leader in her community. She enjoys giving lessons to her students to see them develop and grow into caring and respectful adults.

    Year Started:
    2/1/1990
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lynne

    Ms. Lynne, Kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Lynne has worked with children for the past seven years in various ways. She worked at a park district for three years, a teen center for a bit, Champions School Age Before- and After-School for two years, and the Girl Scouts for two years. She loves to read, learn new things, be silly, and her favorite candy is Twizzlers. On the weekend she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Board of Trustees Degree Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration
  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, School Age Classroom

    I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say because of you, I didn't give up.

    Christina loves to reach her students on a personal level. She also loves that “Ah-ha” moment when the kids finely understand a new concept. She is great at forming and maintaining good relationships with her students, their families and coworkers!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Deshon

    Ms. Deshon, School Age Classroom

    Deshon is a proud mom of two grown children named MarShon and Simone. She is also a grandma of two grand kids named Malijah and Nylah. In her free time she likes to shop, and enjoy life with her family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Deshon enjoys teaching and has taught at several early childhood centers. They include KinderCassel Learning Center, Happi-Time Daycare, and Bradley Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    All About Me

    Year Started:
    2/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Early Childhood Major
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Chef

    Kara is very passionate about creating meals that are nutritious and delicious. She has quite the green thumb, during the summer she plants a garden to have fresh indigents in her meals.  

    Year Started:
    3/24/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Dietitian Major

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

There are just a few holidays that we are closed. Those include New Year's Day, Memorial day, 4th of July, Labor day, Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

We do close two additional holidays (Presidents' day and Columbus Day) for professional development day. During those days our teachers will have in service trainings to foster new ideas and add to the skills and practices that they already do for your children.

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.

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

My children have attended the center over 10 years. Sue and her staff have cared and taught my children over these years. They are the best

- Mother

The best decision I ever made was to have my children at KinderCare. The education they received gave them a great success at school

- Mother

The level of care and education is superior. The respect of diversity of culture is evident, the Phonics program is a great opportunity to prepare the children for success

- Mother

My son has been with KinderCare since he was seven weeks old. Being a military family with a hectic schedule, it is a comfort to know that my child is in a caring, nurturing, and educational environment. I have been told countless times by numerous people that my son who is now 3 ½ years old, has excellent social skills, is very outgoing, and is very confident. I can give KC a lot of credit for that. His teachers are constantly working on his educational development and introducing new concepts. My husband and I are constantly amazed at the new ideas and vocabulary words that he brings home and uses in the right context. I can honestly say that KinderCare staff care very much about the children in their program and their well being. In my opinion KC is the best early child care and development program in Central Illinois.

- Mother
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