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Darien KinderCare

Theresa Riech, Center Director

7906 South Cass Ave. Darien IL 60561
(630) 964-9094 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
On Cass Ave & 75th St 1/2 a block North of Ripple's Restaurant

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Maercker District 60, Cass District 63, Center Cass District 66, Downers Grove Grade School District 58, Gower District 62, Darien District 61

Our center is dedicated to providing a quality experience for all children and parents.  We are very proud to be a member of The Association for Early Learning Leaders (NAC).   By achieving NAC Accreditation we have demonstrated (and live) our commitment to excellence in the field of early childhood care and education. 

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Welcome

Welcome to the Darien KinderCare, where we partner with families to create a nurturing and exciting environment that helps support your child through all stages of their development. We look forward to having you and your family join our school community. Our large outdoor activity space helps to create a great environment for learning. We accept CCAP subsidy. The large open floor plan helps create a bright and inviting space to learn, explore and grow. We provide a variety of year round programs for children ages six weeks through 12 years including Spring, Summer and Winter Break Camp.

Theresa Riech, 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.

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.

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

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.

Spanish

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?

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Darien welcomes all families. We pride ourselves on great family connections and making sure all families leave happy and satisfied each and every day. We provide great curriculum and a fantastic learning experience.  We hope you decide to take a moment to set up a tour to see our teachers in action!

  • Theresa Riech

    Theresa Riech, Center Director

    Jen has worked at KinderCare since May 2003. She started as a kindergarten teacher and then became an assistant director before taking on the role of center director in December 2006. Prior to working at KinderCare, Jen attended Illinois State University, where she worked in a child care center while obtaining a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in child life. She also completed a child life internship at Evanston Hospital.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Jen participated in a child life internship.
    Year Started:
    5/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Psychology and Masters in Child Life
  • Toya Austin

    Toya Austin, Assistant Director

    Toya has worked for KinderCare since August 2000 and has over 12 years of experience in early childhood education. She has taken early childhood courses at Joliet Junior College and is currently working towards a Bachelors degree, which an expected graduation date of May 2013.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Tana

    Ms. Tana, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Tana has been working with KinderCare since September of 1993. She started as an assistant teacher with the two year olds. She began taking early childhood education classes at College of Dupage and and completed her CDA. In 2000 she was promoted to assistant director. In April of 2002 she married her high school sweetheart. They had a daughter in March of 2005 and a son in September of 2008. When her daughter was born, she went back to working in the classroom environment, mostly with the infants and toddlers. She loves spending time with her family and friends and finds that they are the most important things in life.

    Year Started:
    9/1/1993
    Tenure:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Kristy

    Ms. Kristy, Kindergarten Classroom

    My goal as a teacher is to help children gain an appreciation and love of learning.

    Ms. Kristy has worked for KinderCare since July of 2012. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Type 03 teaching certificate. As our kindergarten teacher, Ms. Kristy is working to get our youngest school agers ready for first grade! They practice their letters, numbers, phonics and site words daily in many engaging and creative ways!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms Kristy worked at student teaching, substitute teaching and tutoring.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Type 03 teaching certificate

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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.

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

Child safety is a primary focus. The center has a dedicated Health and Safety Coordinator, all staff is first aid and CPR trained. The Center has a key code entry; the building and playground are fenced. The Center does a child name to face count every 30 minutes. Only authorized parents can take children out of Center.

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