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Berkshire Drive KinderCare

Ms. Kim Williams, 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, West and Hussman.

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!

Ms. Kim Williams, 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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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.

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.

Art, Fitness

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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

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.

  • Ms. Kim Williams, Center Director

    There is a magic that happens through the eyes of a child when they learn something new.

    Kim has enjoyed her tenure of 11 years at KinderCare.  She started as a PreKindergarten teacher and graduated with her class to School Age where she stayed for 7 years.  With the help of many mentors  Kim took on more responsibilities and has worked her way up to the Center Director at the Berkshire Crystal Lake KinderCare.  As a member of the community, Kim felt right at home in her new center and cannot wait to help it grow. 

    Previous Experience:
    Home Day Care Provider
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!!
    Year Started:
    6/5/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Business Administration
  • Kylie Jensen

    Kylie Jensen, Assistant Director

    Time spent playing with children is NEVER wasted." -Dawn Lantero

    Kylie started out at KinderCare as an assistant preschool teacher but shortly moved to the school age room. She stayed in the school age in Cary for 6 years before moving to the Crystal Lake center to become the assistant director. Kylie has a passion for helping children meet their milestones and excel in their education. Not only does Kylie like to work with the children she also loves spending time with the families and getting to know them.                                                                    

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a Art teacher for a private academy for 6 years and then as a school age teacher for 6 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emilie

    Ms. Emilie, Infant Classroom

    A baby's laugh is an angel's voice

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Emilie loves all the sesame street books with her class. She especially likes books with Elmo.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Associate’s Degree
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    Baby- a little bit of heaven sent down to Earth.

    Ms. Ashley has four children who attend KinderCare with her. Ms. Ashley has completed her CDA and is completeing her Associated Degree in Early Childhood Education at Rasmussen College. Ms. Ashley is also pursing a certification in becoming a Lactation Specialist.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley worked at La Petite in Crystal Lake as an infant teacher for 3 years and before that she was a nanny for a family for 6 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I will love you Forever"
    Year Started:
    1/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate’s Degree
  • Ms. Charlene

    Ms. Charlene, Toddler Classroom

    To thine own self be true

    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. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Charlene worked as a toddler teacher at The Learning Tree in Lake in the Hills as a toddler teacher for 12 years before joining our team here at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Charlene likes the books "I Like Me", "Giraffe's Can't Dance", and "My Many Colored days"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 Years
  • Miss Malinda

    Miss Malinda, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Malinda was born in Harvard and lived with her parents and has 1 brother and 1 sister. She now lives with her boyfriend in Harvard and has two cats. She attended Northern Michigan but graduated from George Williams University of Aurora. She moved back to Harvard after graduating and immediately starting working at KinderCare as the Discovery Preschool Teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Malinda interned at the Agape House working with children that were 12-17 years old.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chrysanthemum"
    Year Started:
    7/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Preschool

    It takes a heart to help shape little minds

    Ms. Amber was born and raised in Woodstock with her 3 brothers. She graduated from Woodstock Highschool and went to Florida to pursue her degree in social working and enjoy the beach! She moved back to Southern Illinois and continued her education at SIU. Ms. Amber has now completed her Child Development Degree and plans on continuing this Spring to get her Social Worker degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber worked at John A. Logan Preschool which was attached to her College SIU. She worked there for 2 years while working on her degree in social working.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Velveteen Rabbit"
    Year Started:
    5/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Chil Development Associates Certificate
  • Ms. Pam

    Ms. Pam, Prekindergarten

    Einstein said, "It is the supreme art of a teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

    Ms. Pam is from England and studied Elementary Education in the U.K and the U.S. She graduated with her degree in Elementary Eduaction and shortly after joined the KinderCare team. Ms. Pam live in Crystal Lake with her husband, she has two daughters who are both CPA's. Ms. Pam enjoys spending time with her daughters and her grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Pam has worked for KinderCare for 23 years! She worked at the KinderCare in Lake in the Hills as the Preschool teacher and then at the Algonquin center as the Preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Robert Munsch, "My Alligator Baby," "Andrew's Loose Tooth."
    Year Started:
    8/23/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, School Age Classroom

    Don't forget to Love Yourself

    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 very passionate about teaching and loves to help the children grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brittany use to work in Alabama at KinderCare as the Prekindergarten teacher before moving to Illinois.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Books
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelors Degree in Social Work
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, All Classrooms

    It's Kind of fun to do the impossible." -Walt Disney

    Ms. Donna has her Child Development Associate's Credential and countinues to do trainings for infants/toddlers. Ms. Donnna lives in Huntley with her mom and dad and loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. Donna has two brothers and 6 nieces and nephews that all live in Illinois that she visits with all the time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Donna has worked for KinderCare for 23 years and has worked at centers in Huntley and Sleepy Hollow.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Donna loves all Disney books! Mickey Mouse books are her favorite.
    Year Started:
    1/1/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Anne

    Ms. Anne, Center Cook

    Art is not what you see but what you makes others see" -Degas

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anne worked for KinderCare in Lake in the Hills and Algonquin before coming to KinderCare in Crystal Lake 9 years ago. Ms. Anne also babysits and is a nanny for families in the centers that she has worked in.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Dino Smash", "I like Me", "Pete The Cat"
    Year Started:
    8/26/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Art and pursing her Certificate in Child Development

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

KinderCare has been a part of Crystal Lake for over 40 years and we love being a part of the Crystal Lake community!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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.

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.

Well our school year has officially begun. Landon’s first full day is today. He tested out of kindergarten and is now a first grader. This could not have been possible without all of your help in feeding his brain all of your knowledge, understanding, kindness, and love. You all have contributed to his success. Thank you for always making sure he was not only cared for but also loved. We miss your smiling (and sometimes exhausted) faces.<br /> Many endless blessings!

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