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Devonshire KinderCare

Susan Malenius, Center Director

410 Devonshire Dr. Champaign IL 61820
(217) 356-9000 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
W of Rt 45 at Devonshire & Fox Dr

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bottenfield, Carrie Busey, Barkstall, Robeson, Southside, Westview, Kenwood, Washington, Garden Hill, Doctor Howard, Stratton

The KinderCare Learning Center in Champaign provides each and every program from infancy through school age with qualified, trained, tenured Teachers. We are now enrolling all ages groups!

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Thank you for choosing the KinderCare Learning Center in Champaign, Illinois. 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. 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. Please feel free to come and meet our teachers, view our curriculum and see our children at work. Our center serves the following schools: Bottenfield Elementary School, Stratton Elementary School, South Side Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Westview Elementary School, University Primary School, Dr. Howard Elementary School, Vernon L Barkstall Elementary School, Judah Christian School, Robeson Elementary School, Kenwood Elementary School, Carrie Busey Elementary School, Holy Cross School, St. Matthew School and Leal Elementary School.

Susan Malenius, 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.

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


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.


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

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday December 01, 2015
    1. Holiday Concert


      Our children will be singing some holiday songs and we will have refreshments following the performaance. Invite family and frriends to come.

  2. Wednesday December 02, 2015
    1. Holiday Concert


      Our children will be singing some holiday songs and we will have refreshments following the performaance. Invite family and frriends to come.

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:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Sara Nelson

    Sara Nelson, Assistant Director

    One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~Carl Jung

    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.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    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.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Miranda

    Ms. Miranda, Infant Classroom

    I love my job because infants grow and learn so quickly. I am glad to be apart of their lives. They bring joy to my life.

    Ms. Miranda has been with KinderCare for 16 years. She has worked at many KinderCare through the years including Columbus, In., Harrison, OH, and now here in Champaign, Illinois. She has been married for 20 years and has an adopted son from Guatemala when he was 5½ months, now he is 8 years old. He is the joy of their lives. Miranda has a unique way to relate to infants through song. When she sings to the babies they put a smile on their faces. She loves making them happy and being apart of their learning and development process. 

    Year Started:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Mandi

    Ms. Mandi, Toddler and School Age Classrooms

    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
    Some College Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • 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 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Terri

    Ms. Terri, Discovery 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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Discovery Preschool 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:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Janette

    Ms. Janette, Floating Teacher

    I love my job because I work for God/Jesus. He sent me here to work hard, do my best and love people.

    Ms. Janette enjoys enriching the lives of others through fostering their creativity in games, art and education. She enjoys working with all the children and staff. She rotates throughout the center but regularly in the toddler room.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janette has worked as a Special Education Teacher Assistant, Juvenile Youth Counselor, Foster Parent, and Art Instructor.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Maha

    Ms. Maha, Floating Teacher

    We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open. ~Harry Edwards

    Ms. Maha has enjoyed working with many children over the last ten years. She is an enthusiastic teacher with a smile on her face and lots of passion in her heart. Everyday she is learning something new from her students and children.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology
  • 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:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about watching children grow and learn. My job is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world.

    Ms. Katie has worked at KinderCare for the past 11 years and has taught in every classroom. She enjoys opening up our school in the morning to welcome our families. While teaching in the classroom she enjoys watching her students learn and develop new skills.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • 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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education & Il Teaching Certificate
  • Ms. Soraya, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy being apart of the first years of children’s lives.

    Ms. Soraya has been working as a librarian for six years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Library Science and currently pursuing a Child Development Associates from Parkland college. She enjoys reading and spending her free time with her husband and beautiful daughter. Ms. Soraya is passionate about having her students engaged in learning activities, while keeping her classroom safe and organized. She is excited to work with all the caring and dedicated teachers at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Library Science, Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Katherine

    Ms. Katherine, Kindergarten

    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:
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachlors in Early Childhood Education with a Teaching Certificate for Birth thru Third Grade
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Chef

    Year Started:

November 2015 Events

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  1. Monday November 02, 2015
    1. Infant Parent Teacher Conference

      Parents come see what your child has learned. You will get to talk with Ms. Miranda and see the portfolio your child has completed.

  2. Tuesday November 03, 2015
    1. Toddler Parent Teacher Conference

      Parents come see what your child has learned. You will get to talk with Ms. Mandi and see the portfolio your child has completed.

  3. Wednesday November 04, 2015
    1. National Aviation History Month


      In honor of National Aviation History Month today students will talk, read and learn about planes. Look for some neat activities in the classroom.

  4. Friday November 06, 2015
    1. Discovery Preschool (2's) Parent Teacher Conferences

      Parents come see what your child has learned. You will get to talk with Ms. Terri and see the portfolio your child has completed.

  5. Monday November 09, 2015
    1. Preschool Room 1 Parent Teacher Conferences

      Today Preschool Room 1 parents can sign up to talk to Ms. Mary about their childs development. During this time you will get to look at your child's portfoilo and develpomental records.

  6. Tuesday November 10, 2015
    1. National Young Readers Day

  7. Wednesday November 11, 2015
    1. School Age Room 1 and 2 Parent Teacher Conferences

      Today School Age 1 and 2 parents can sign up to talk to Mr. Ben or Ms. Mandi about their childs development. During this time you will get to look at your child's portfoilo and develpomental records.

  8. Friday November 13, 2015
    1. Preschool Room 2 Parent Teacher Conference

      Today Preschool Room 2 parents can sign up to talk to Ms. Soraya about their childs development. During this time you will get to look at your child's portfoilo and develpomental records.

  9. Monday November 16, 2015
    1. Kindergarten Parent Teacher Conferences

      Today Kindergarten parents can sign up to talk to Ms. Katherine about their childs development. During this time you will get to look at your child's portfoilo and develpomental records.

  10. Tuesday November 17, 2015
    1. Open House

      Join us for fun exciting activities at pick up time. We will have a yummy treat to make with you child.

  11. Thursday November 26, 2015
    1. Closed for Thanksgiving

  12. Friday November 27, 2015
    1. Closed for Thanksgiving

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.

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

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 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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