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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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Hello and thank you for visiting the Country Club Hills KinderCare's web page. Our school is proud to serve the communities of Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, and Flossmoor as well as other surrounding areas. We educate children from ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Our research based curriculum provides the best possible education for children.  Our preschool and pre-kindindergarten programs are second to none and are a great way to prepare your child for that big step of Kindergarten! I would love to set up a time for you to view our center and meet our teachers.

Julie Mittler, 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.

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.


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

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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

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:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Applied Science- Child Care
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Brittany is a mother of two children and loves to sing and write music. She likes to preform and inspires to be a music therapist and singer.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittany previously worked as a head start delegate as well as in classrooms with children three years old and up.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Jeannette

    Ms. Jeannette, Cook and Bus Driver

    Ms. Jeannette loves her job because she feels like she is given the opportunity to make a difference in children's lives daily.  She makes amazing meals the kids all love!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeannette has worked in a before and after care program at a Christian daycare.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Whitney

    Ms. Whitney, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.

    Ms. Whitney tries to bring interactive activities into her classroom to engage all her students.  She feels that many students learn by using their hands and imaginations.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Whitney has an abundance of experience from working as a paraprofessional for four years. She has worked with students with a vast range of disabilities.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    less then 1
    Associates in Art, Paraprofessional
  • Ms. British

    Ms. British, Infant Classroom

    Education builds a nation

    Ms. British enjoys bike ridding, reading books, and traveling to different countries.  Building up the next generation is what she enjoys most about Early Childhood Education.  Ms. British calm, patience, and comforting personality inspires each child to grow and explore. Her passion and love for children is evident throughout her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. British has worked in many classes here at KinderCare and is amazing with children of all ages.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Shantal

    Ms. Shantal, Pre-K

    To the world you may be a teacher, but to your students you are a hero.

    Shantal has been working in child care for 13 years and loves to teach young children new things.  She has an eight year old son who she likes to go out to eat with once a week and spend time together at the lake front.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shantal was previously a senior tutor at workstudy.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate

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

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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