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Country Club Hills KinderCare

Julie Mittler, Center Director

3971 178th Place Country Club Hills IL 60478
(708) 798-3670 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

Summer is in full swing at the Country Club Hills KinderCare and the children are having a blast and learning at the same time. We have scheduled events each and every week to keep the children active an engaged during the weeks off of school. Our nationally accredited center and ExceleRate gold circle staff work everyday to make this a safe and welcoming environment you and your family.  We are currently taking enrollment for the Fall session. Come in and check out what the buzz is all about!

Julie Mittler, 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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seasonal Camps

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to Country Club Hills KinderCare. We provide a quality education in a safe environment. Our team has a combined tenure of over 150 years of experience working in education.

  • Julie Mittler

    Julie Mittler, Center Director

    A person is a person, no matter how small." Dr. Seuss

    In June of 2014, I was fortunate to have been named the Center Director of the Country Club Hills center.

    I am committed to providing the best possible care for all children and support to their families. Currently we a focusing on earning our National Accreditation Commision. This certification is a symbol of high quality care and education for early learners. We believe you will see the difference when you visit our center!

    I build great relationships with families and can't wait to meet yours!
    Julie Mittler

    Previous Experience:
    I began my KinderCare experience as I pursued my Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education as an Infant/Toddler teacher in Oak Forest location. My son attended the Oak Forest center from 6 weeks - 12 years of age. In 1993, I moved into the Assistant Director position. I have held this position at both the Oak Forest and Matteson KinderCare Learning Center locations
    Year Started:
    3/1/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bernadette

    Bernadette, Assistant Director

    Each day with children is exciting and new, and that is why I love what I do.

    Ms. Bernadette has worked in 2 other KinderCares prior to coming to Country Club Hills.  She looks forward to working with the staff and families here to make this the best place for children to be.  She recently purchases a house and is expecting her first child later this year.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bernadette has worked in a few other daycares through out her years in the industry. She has taught infants through two year olds and has even directed a family own center.
    Year Started:
    5/10/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associates in Applied Science- Child Care
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, School-Age Classroom

    Ms. Donna joined the Country Club Hills KinderCare team in 2013. Ms. Donna works with the School-Age children in the morning and after school. Ms. Donna holds an Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna has taught children in the community for fourteen years.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lakeisha

    Ms. Lakeisha, Preschool

    What I leave behind will be left in the minds that I have taught, loved, and inspired to grow and succeed. So I strive daily to work my hardest and fulfill the dreams of my students.

    Ms. Lakeisha's journey at KinderCare has just begun.  She has a passion for working with children; with her creative mind she brightens her classroom daily.  Ms. Lakeisha is a mother of three children. She recently graduated from Grand Canyon University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Lakeisha enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and researching new and great ideas to enhance her skills and help her be an effective teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lakeisha worked as an early childhood teacher for approximately 8 years.
    Year Started:
    10/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Yaretsi

    Ms. Yaretsi, Preschool

    Ms. Yaretsi joined the Country Club Hills KinderCare team in 2013. She has taught children in this community for six years. Ms. Yaretsi holds an Associate's of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with a certification in Bilingual Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Yaretsi has taught multiple age groups in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has tutored Prekindergarten through sixth grade as well as taught Sunday school at her church.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with a certification in Bilingual Education
  • Ms. Desirae

    Ms. Desirae, Toddler Room

    Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate.

    Ms. Desirae has worked with children for about 12 years and loves to greet the children and see the smiles on their faces. She will be going back to finish school  and get her degree in Early Childhood so she can make a positive impact and change children's lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Desirae has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings including volunteering at a church with children.
    Year Started:
    3/10/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
  • Ms. Shantal

    Ms. Shantal, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love when my children face light up once they master a difficult skill. That tells me that I am doing my job.

    Shantal has been an employee of KinderCare Learning Center since November 2007. Her passion for teaching has led her to earn her associate degree in Early Childhood Education in January 2017. Overall, Shantal has over 13 years of childcare experience.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shantal was previously a senior tutor at Workstudy Enterprises.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    11/7/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jada

    Ms. Jada, Floater

    "Anything that is worth having is worth fighting for.

    Ms. Jada is in the process of finishing her Child Development major at Northern Illinois University and has joined the KinderCare team this summer to get some hands on experience outside of school.  She has always had a passion for molding and teaching children and works with many different age groups here at Country Club Hills.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jada has worked in the child development lab at her school and has also been a camp counselor for 2 years
    Year Started:
    5/17/2017
    Education:
    Working towars Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Jasmine

    Ms. Jasmine, Infant Classroom

    "It takes a village to care for a child.

    Ms. Jasmine is a 25 year old mother of two amazing little girls. She graduated from Dunbar High School. She has become a huge asset to our KinderCare family and the children simply adore her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jasmine previous worked for the I Have a Dream Learning Center for 3 years before coming to KinderCare. She worked as the three year old assistant teacher helping provide a routine that helped give quality care to each child.
    Year Started:
    5/3/1917
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    <3 years
  • Ms. Whitney

    Ms. Whitney, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Whitney has been working with children for over seven years. She currently works with our two year olds and has become their favorite person, many of them consider Ms. Whitney their best friend.  She realized in her years of working with children that they can teach her just as much as she can teach them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Whitney has previously worked for the Safe Haven Program and North Kenwood Daycare Center. She has worked with children from three years old to twelve years old
    Year Started:
    12/14/1916
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate in Arts and Basic Certificate in Child Development
  • Ms. Bree

    Ms. Bree, School Age Classroom

    "I am beyond passionate and excited about the future of our children. Go, grow, and glow!

    Ms. Bree has a love fro children like never before.  She believes in empowering our youth to be greater than great.  She leads by example and has been a great addition to our school age program.  The children have become more actively engaged and happy to be here. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bree previously worked for the Chicago Park District as a senior recreational leader for six years prior to joining the KinderCare team.
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Currently working towards obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Allison

    Ms. Allison, Infant Classroom

    "The best thing to hold on to is each other.

    Ms. Allison is a 32 year old mother of two who grew up in the Homewood IL area with her parents and three younger sisters, so she has been around children all of her life. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Allison worked at KinderCare in the early 2000's then left to work for various other privately own daycares, but came back to KinderCare because she knows she is part of the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    11/9/1916
    Tenure:
    100 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associate in Applied Science with an Early Childhood Education focus & Bachelor's Degree in Communication with a minor in Family and Consumer Service

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

We are very excited to say that our KinderCare in Country Club Hills has recently received both our National Accreditation Commission (NAC) Award as well as Excelerates Gold Circle of Quality Award.  The staff worked really hard to achieve these amazing awards and work everyday to keep it alive.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAC Accreditation

    NAC Accreditation

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Country Club Hills KinderCare adheres to the highest level of safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. Your child is protected through mandated security protocols, including a single-entry through keypad access, daily sign-ins and strict parent and guardian identification procedures. We also adhere to KinderCare’s name-to-face checks each half hour of your child’s stay. We pledge to provide you with the highest level of security so your child can learn in a safe and fun environment.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

My children have been coming to The KinderCare Learning Center now for about a year. I was a little nervous at first only because it was a big change for my boys. They quickly changed my fears into excitement. I love my KinderCare family. I call them that because that is exactly how they treat us. I have three boys that are 8, 6, and 3 yrs of age, and they all love it. I never have to worry about anything. The communication is awesome, and as a parent that is concerned about everything, that is a wonderful feeling. It’s hard to find a place that would take care of your child the way that you would yourself, but I never worry and neither do my children. I am so glad I made the choice to enroll my children. I love my KinderCare family.                   
 
 
 
 

 

- Parent

I am very pleased with KinderCare and the staff. My daughter has been attending KinderCare for many years. I feel very secure with leaving my daughter in the care of the staff. The atmosphere is one of quality care and professionalism. The Directors and teachers are extremely interactive with the children and they communicate well with the parents. I will recommend any parent to send their child to KinderCare. It’s a safe, fun, nurturing, and learning environment for any child!
 

- Mother

I love KinderCare because I know that my child is receiving the best preparation for grade school. The teachers really show passion for what they do and the children always look very happy.
 

- Mother
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