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Berkshire Drive KinderCare

Sara Boulahanis, Center Director

14 Berkshire Dr. Crystal Lake IL 60014
(815) 459-5490 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
on Virginia & Berkshire across from Coventry Plaza

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Canterbury, Coventry, North, South, and West

If your children are looking to take the lazy days of summer and find something amazing and exciting in each and every one of them, then enroll now in all six of KinderCare's summer themes.

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Welcome

Our center serves the communities of Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Cary and McHenry.  We are located in a residential area, close to several schools.  We provide bus transportation to Canterbury, Coventry, North, South, and West Elementary schools.  We are also near the Crystal Lake train stations and we have been serving children for 30 years.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Sara Boulahanis, Center Director

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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.

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  • Quality Rating System Star Level 2

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.

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.

Art, Fitness

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at Berkshire Drive KinderCare are passionate about providing quality education for all children in their care. We strive for excellence through continuing education through professional development days and monthly staff trainings. Stop by and visit our center and see our outstanding educators.

  • Sara Boulahanis

    Sara Boulahanis, Center Director

    I love when the children are so excited to tell me everything they have learned throughout the day!

    Sara has been with the company for sixteen years, working as a teacher, Assistant Director and finally the Center Director. She is the mother of two children. Her favorite part of her job is watching the children learn and seeing the interactions between the children and their teachers.

    Year Started:
    1/12/1998
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Kylie Jensen, Assistant Director

    Kylie has been working in the early childhood field for 13 years. She is working on completing her associate's degree and will continue to educate herself.  She loves working with all age groups and enriching the lives of all the families.                                                                      

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Traci Raadsen

    Ms. Traci Raadsen, Manager

    I love to watch the children learn and discover new things each day!

    Traci has been with KinderCare on and off for 20 years.  She also spent 9 years working in the school district with children with special needs.  Her and her husband have 2 sons.  She loves the wonderful relationships she has made with the children and the families.
    Year Started:
    6/1/1994
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Certificate
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ashley has three children who attend KinderCare with her. She will be continuing her education towards her Associate’s degree. She loves the bonds that she is making with the children at such an early age.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate’s Degree
  • Ms. Emilie

    Ms. Emilie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Emilie has an Associate’s degree and has taken many Early Childhood Education classes. She has three children that are enrolled at KinderCare with her.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate’s Degree
  • Ms. Charlene

    Ms. Charlene, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Charlene has over 20 years experience working with children three years old and younger.  She is married and has a son, Dominic who attends KinderCare.  She and her family live here in Crystal Lake and she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family. She loves knowing that she is such a positive role model for the children in her care. 

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Brittany recently moved here from Mobile, AL with her 2 children.  She was a preschool teacher at a KinderCare there.  Ms. Brittany loves to do arts and crafts and enjoys going on bike rides with her children.  She is so excited to be a part of our discovery preschool team!    

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Elizabeth

    Ms. Elizabeth, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Elizabeth has her Bachelor’s Degree, with her major in Social Studies and a minor in Elementary Education. She has her certificate to teach K-8 in the state of Michigan. She is working on getting the certification for the state of Illinois as well.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies with a minor in Elementary Education, Michigan Kindergarten-8th Grade Certificate
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Preschool and School Age Classrooms

    Ms. Stephanie lives in Crystal Lake with her son and boyfriend. She is currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Stephanie loves to work with all ages, but the Discovery Preschool room is truly where her heart is.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Donna has her Child Development Associate's Credential and lives in Huntley with her family. She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mr. Walter

    Mr. Walter, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Walter has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction.  He taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 9 years before starting his career at KinderCare.  Mr. Walter enjoys seeing the way he inspires the children.                                   

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Walter was a public school teacher in Chicago for 9 years before starting his career with us at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mr. Walter has a bachelors degree and a masters degree in education, curriculum and instruction. He taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 9 years before starting his career at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an Art Endorsement and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Center Cook

    Ms. Anne has worked for KinderCare since 1996, taking off two years to be home with her now high school age son. Together with her husband, Ms. Anne loves to travel to Arizona and Colorado to visit family and loves to do various different types of art.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art

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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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

At KinderCare Learning center the safety and security of your child is one of our top priorities. We have two locked security doors into which the parents must enter a code to enter the building. Our playgrounds are also fenced and locked. We practice monthly fire and tornado drills and have a center evacuation plan in place.

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